So I asked my Alaska-born cousin, "Don't people wash their cars around here?" And she said with a laugh, "Alaskans don't care about clean cars." This much was obvious.
I do care about clean cars. I like to keep my cars clean. But where I live this is nearly impossible. In the winter there's mud from the dirt on the road mixing with snow mixing with the sand the county dumps to improve traction. Then the state sprays this brown goo deicer on the interstate. It's supposed to be better for the environment than road salt. I consider car washing to be part of car maintenance because you don't want those deicing chemicals eating your vehicle's skin. So I try to wash the car on a semi-regular basis in the winter.
In the summer we have bugs and dust. I tend to buy light-colored cars so the dust isn't immediately prevalent. But I did own a dark blue Camaro. I would wash it, drive it, wash it, drive it, etc.
But the biggest issue we have around here in the summer is bugs. For instance, on Wednesday I drove
So, you wash your car, drive it a bit, wash it, drive it a bit, etc. You can't keep a car clean here in central Washington State.
But I try. And for the three minutes it's clean and beautiful, it's worth it.