There are certain winter season days in Central New York where cars line up with a resolute purpose.
No, not those panicked rushes to the supermarket to buy milk and bread when the forecast calls for a big snow. People know enough to keep cans in the cupboard and bottles in the fridge, in case the white stuff arrives in feet instead of inches.
The really long parade of vehicles comes on the warmish day after a string of freezing weather. If the sun is shining, they pull into the lot one after another after another.
People are patient at the car wash, dozens of vehicles piloted by drivers who know it’s the day to wash the accumulation of road salt away from the carriage and underside. That’s the stuff that’ll attack your finish like nothing else. It may melt the ice and snow from the roads, but the aftermath will eat at your car.
Or maybe they all just like the look and feel of driving a clean car.
I caught the line Wednesday afternoon at the Delta Sonic car wash in DeWitt, just outside of Syracuse.
Do you have any peculiar wintertime phenomena where you live?