One last beach vacation before summer is over. What you may not realize is how much damage sand can do to your car. Sand damage can affect your car in a variety of ways.
The paint on your car’s body
Sand can eat away at the car’s paint. When you see a car with a white hood, most of that is sun damage but sand can also be the culprit.
The car’s windshield
Specks of sand can also get embedded in your windshield. Small particles of sand can pit and crater a windshield, reducing visibility and windshield wiper effectiveness.
The damage under the hood
If you notice that your car isn’t as powerful as before, it may be caused by sand. Maybe your brakes are making a squeaky noise. Time to check under the hood. Sand can easily collect in air filters, which can restrict the flow of air, which can lead to other problems. It can get into the brake pads.
Sand can also affect the sensors in your car, giving you false readings.
Wheel trim can be affected
The surface of the wheel trim can get scratched. Use a wet sponge as soon as possible. Use a protective wax on your wheels to prevent damage in the future.
Don’t forget the interior
Beach blankets are too bulky to shake the sand out of. Try using beach towels which are much easier to shake or better yet – sit in beach chairs, then no shaking is required.
Canvas bags are more porous and have many nooks and crannies. If you have a canvas beach bag, set it in a plastic bag before setting in the sand.
Lining your trunk in plastic can help greatly. Then you can just throw the plastic away when you get home with the sand with it.
If there are no outdoor showers when exiting the beach, using a bristle brush can help remove sand from your feet or flip flops before entering the car.
The more you can do to keep the sand at the beach, the better it will be for your car inside and out. Let’s make some memories, not problems.