Weather has a way of placing a beating on our cars. Depending on where you live, your car is possibly subjected to high winds, heavy rains, large snowfalls, and more. If you don’t take some precautions, you may find that these weather elements are too much for your car, and that you start to notice some damage. To keep this from happening, there are a few simple things that you can do to keep your car safe, and to keep it looking great for a long time to come.
Keep Your Car in a Garage
One of the best ways to protect your car during a storm is by parking it in a garage. This is what garages are for after all, so if you have one, you might as well put it to good use. For many of us though, we fill our garages with a lot of other stuff. Maybe you use your garage to store another car, or all the junk that won’t fit in your home. If this is the case, take some time to clean out your garage and get rid of anything you don’t need. Also consider purchasing a shed for your yard in which you can store all your outdoor stuff and clear out some room for your car in the garage.
Another option is to get a custom enclosed carport. This is a great option for homes that don’t currently have a garage, but which have a lot of yard space. These buildings are easy to put up and allow you to protect your car from all sorts of weather conditions.
Use a Car Cover
A simpler option is to get a slip cover for your car. This piece of fabric goes over your car and protects it when you’re not using it. Slip covers are often used when you don’t plan on using the car for a while, and you don’t want anything to happen to it. Using a car cover is great for long term protection but will probably become tedious if you must remove it and replace it every day. Still, it’s an affordable option if you want some basic protection for your car.
Of course, it’s not always possible to store your car away or to cover it up each day. Many of us need to park our cars in our driveways. If this is you, you’ll want to look around and make sure there are no tree branches hanging over your cars. When bad weather appears, tree branches are some of the first things to go. Before you know it, a heavy tree branch snaps off during a storm and lands right on your car. Look and make sure there are no big branches above or near where you park your car. Especially look for branches that seem like they are dying or near breaking off.
Give Your Car a Coat of Wax
One of the main benefits of applying wax to your car is the protection it provides. Sure, it also makes your car look better, but it can also help your car avoid scratches. When heavy winds come around you don’t know what will get caught up in them, and what might get blown into your car. A coat of wax will help to provide some protection to your car, all while making it look like new. Putting on a coat of wax isn’t difficult, but it will take some time and energy. If you’re not up for a few hours of rubbing in wax, take it to a local car wash and have them do it for you.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Finally, bad weather means rougher driving conditions. If you’re out in a storm, you want a car that can handle it. If not, you’re more likely to get into an accident and damage your car. To keep this from happening, there’s a few regular maintenance items you should perform. First, always check the tires to make sure there is enough tread on them. Second, be on the lookout for signs that your brakes are wearing down, such as a loud screeching or a rumbling car when braking. Finally, make sure you replace your wipers every few months, and that your headlights remain bright and clear.
If you can do all the above, you should find that your car remains safe from outside weather conditions. While it’s impossible to prevent every sort of accident and damage, you can at least make it more likely, and keep your car in great condition a little longer.