Outside of car accidents and not changing your oil, the weather is going to take the most considerable toll on your vehicle. If you want to keep your car looking and functioning at its best for years to come, you must learn how to protect it from all of the debris, moisture, and temperature changes nature may throw at it.
In this article, we will cover some of the best ways to protect your car from the rain you’ll find no matter where you live. After that, we will spend some time looking at how you can prep for the cold and hot weather found in different regions of the country. By the end, you should have a general idea of some basic steps you can take to better prepare your car for the weather you may face.
Note: These tips are assuming you can’t park in a garage, which will always be your best bet for weather damage prevention.
As a general rule of safety when dealing with the rain, always ensure your windshield wipers and tires are operating at peak condition.
A good car cover is one of the easiest and most effective purchases you can make for protecting your car. A good car cover will both keep rain from hitting your vehicle, as well as stopping moisture from building up (you want a cover that can breathe).
Rain isn’t the only thing a car cover will stop. Dirt and debris can build up and cause considerable damage -luckily; car covers prevent dust and dirt from collecting on the car surface. This is why covers are useful even when in a garage. That bit of extra padding can go a long way in stopping most storage-related damage as well.
An all-weather floor mat is an upgraded mat designed to gather all of the dirt, salt, and mud your shoes may have collected on the way in. These mats are made to be easily washable and incredibly durable so you can rely on them to be an effective bulwark for the floor of your vehicle.
Stopping water and mud from collecting and staining your car floors can significantly help preserve the smell and look of your interior.
You don’t want to let rainwater sit too long, and you don’t want to have any leaks. Check all the seals on the doors and windows of your vehicle to ensure no water is leaking in. If it does rain, even the water on the outside should be removed in case it contains any contaminants that will wear away at your paint or rubber seals.
Cold weather brings with it a whole ton of possible problems for your car. From your battery losing power to your radiator cracking -improperly preparing for the winter can take a true toll on your car.
Be sure to check your owner’s manual or website for the full range of cold-weather maintenance suggestions for your vehicle.
The heat is one of the many overlooked dangers facing cars. If you are new to a hotter region, you may be surprised to find that the heat can take a toll on tires, battery, and your paint job.
Take the time to follow these tips and keep your car protected from the worst of the sun, and you should be fine.
Like with the rain, a good layer of wax will go some ways towards protecting the exterior from the worst of the elements.
Preventing direct exposure is really where you will want to start, no matter the weather you will be facing. If you can’t get the car into an indoor parking spot, then you really should invest in some form of high-end car cover. Just by parking inside or getting a good car cover, you will prevent the vast majority of the wear and tear your vehicle faces outside road damage.
Proper investment of time and money into maintenance and prevention will keep your car looking and running better for years, and will ultimately save you large sums of money on repairs or a replacement.
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