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Switching Your Car’s Floor Mats Could Save You Big This Winter

The winter months can be brutal on people, but it can be even worse for cars. The build-up of ice and snow can ruin your car’s paint and windows, and even cause major structural problems like rust. The dropping temperatures can hinder our car’s performance or even cause mechanical problems, and if that isn’t enough, kicking up dirty snow, ice, and salt into your car is just another nightmare to add to the list. While you can’t fix everything, changing your car’s floor mats could save you a lot of time and money on maintenance this winter.

Ice and snow

Ice and snow aren’t always as pretty and white as the movies make it seem, especially when the weather gets warmer and that snow turns into a brown, muddy mess. There’s very little that you can do to keep the slush of winter out of your vehicle, especially if you have passengers, kids, or dogs. Well, we are sure that you could if you really tried, but when you’re stuck outside in freezing weather, chances are you won’t have the patience to prioritize your car’s floor mats.

Cars driving on ice
Motorists navigate driving on ice. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Alternative floor mat options

Most cars come with your standard carpet floor mats, but some vehicles may offer the option for rubber floor mats instead. If you weren’t lucky enough to get this option for your car, or it just wasn’t available, there are plenty of aftermarket companies that sell perfectly-fitted rubber floor matts cut for each car. If you don’t care to spend a ton of money on high-end rubber floor mats, you can find plenty of just as good options at your local auto part store for a fraction of the price, they might just require a little bit of custom cutting and trimming.

A white pickup truck with a snowplow attached.
A pickup truck with a snow plow | Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images

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Damaged, or ruined car mats

Snow itself might not damage or completely ruin your car mats, but the mud and salt can make it a total detailing nightmare. Left for too long and you might find yourself browsing for a whole new set of floor mats just so you don’t have to deal with trying to scrub your car’s carpet mats clean. While it might not always be ideal, switching to rubber mats, even for the winter, can save you a ton of time and even money.

A Dodge Dakota is covered in snow
A Dodge Dakota is covered in snow | Randy Risling/Toronto Star via Getty Images

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