Here is why it always seems to rain after you have your car washed

Mar 07, 2018 | Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
Is it just a myth or really a science-backed fact?

Today, Philkotse.com will discuss a very common phenomenon that every car owner encounters at least once during their ownership. Yes, we are talking about that unhappy moment when it rains right after you have just had your car washed.

Worst thing is that such bad luck seems to happen to us time after time that we have to question ourselves: “Why does it always seem to rain after my car wash?” So, is it just a myth or really a science-backed fact? Are there any scientific clues to it?

Have You Ever Washed Your Car In The Rain?

Firstly, this is absolutely an absurd perception. Come to think of it, there are always some cars being washed somewhere all the time. For this perception to be true, doesn’t it mean that it would have to be raining all the time? The rain obviously cannot come anytime just to spoil your car wash. That is apparently not how natural circulation works.

a woman washing her car

“Why does it always seem to rain after my car wash?” is a very common question

Secondly, although this perception is totally illogical, there is still an explanation for this phenomenon. We human beings tend to engrave in our mind events that have a distinct effect on the emotions — whether positive or negative, pleasant or unpleasant.

Let’s think about how frustrated it feels when you have just paid P100 or even P150 to clean your car and then it rains? And while you probably don’t remember exactly the many times you had a routine car wash, you do recall the times you had a car wash and then it rained.

a sad woman after getting caught in rain after a car wash

It’s really annoying when you have just paid P100 to clean your car and then it rains

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According to Dr. Shahram Heshmat from University of Illinois, it’s all owing to your mood. For instance, when we are happy, we are more likely to bring back our pleasant events and it works the same with unhappy memories. He explained: "This is because moods bring different associations to mind". That is why the annoying feeling of being caught in rain after a car wash is pretty understandable.

fun comic explaining why it rains after a car wash

The rain obviously cannot come anytime just to spoil your car wash

The truth is that it just rains, whether or not you wash your car. So the trick is to be able to tell when it’s going to rain. If you feel the Weather forecast is unreliable, you can use weather-related widgets on your smartphone. From there, you choose the right time to wash your car.

All in all, don’t let the weather be an excuse to not take proper care of your beloved vehicle. Regular car wash is also one of the most important factors to ensure a good resale value for your car. If you don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on car wash service, look through our 10 easy steps for cleaning your car at home.