Are you scared to drive your car through the car wash? You're not alone. Many adults are scared of the automatic car wash experience. After all, it can be a little harrowing to put your car in neutral and count on the wash to propel it through the system. Then, there are the jets and sprayers aiming water and suds at you! No matter how scary, car washes are important for keeping your car in top shape. So here are a few tips to help you face your fears and move forward.
1. Go with a friend first.
Before you attempt to drive through the car wash on your own, go with a friend and have them drive. Sit in the passenger's seat, and do all that you have to in order to remain calm. Play some soothing music, squeeze your stress ball, or focus on deep breathing techniques. Have your friend reassure you along the way, too. It may take a few times, but you will get used to going through the wash as a passenger. When the mere thought of the car wash does not make your heart rate soar, you're ready to move on to the next step.
2. Talk to the car wash manager.
Call the car wash company and see if there is a time when the manager can meet with you. Explain that you really want to become a customer of the wash, but that you have a phobia of car washes that you need to get over first. Ask if the manager would be willing to talk to you about how the car wash works. Learning about the wash, especially in a hands-on environment, will make you more confident when it comes time to drive into the wash.
3. Go on a less-busy day,
When you decide you are finally ready to drive through the wash yourself, choose a less-busy day to do so. A Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon may be a good choice. Saturday mid-morning when everyone is getting their cars washed, on the other hand, is a poor choice. If you show up to the wash and it's busy, leave and come back again another time. If the wash is not as busy, you can take your time going up to the wash without worrying that you are holding someone up. You can also explain your fears to the wash workers, and they'll have more time to make sure your experience is easy.