It’s time for a last minute vacation to the beach before summer is over. What you may not realize is how much damage those tiny grains of sand can do to your car. There can be sand damage to both the body and the windshield.
Your car’s paint
Sand can eat the car’s paint away. When you see a car with a white hood, most of that is sun damage but sand can also be the culprit.
Your 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 you don’t see.
If you notice that your car isn’t as powerful as before, it could 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. Clogged filters 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.
Sand in your wheels
This can be a problem long-term. 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.
The Interior may be affected also – what to do
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.
If you have a canvas beach bag, set it in a plastic bag before setting in the sand. Canvas bags are more porous and have many nooks and crannies.
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.