6 Ways to Protect your Car from the Elements

Protect your Car from the Elements
Summer weather is great, but it can also be a hazard to your vehicle’s exterior.  While you’ll never be able to escape the elements altogether, there are several things you can do that will help minimize the damage done to your car’s paint during the summer months.
Park in the shade
Unless you’re in a rush, you should avoid parking in direct sun whenever possible. Not only will shade help to keep your car cool, but it will also keep your paint from fading.  This may not seem like a huge deal, however the damage can add up if you allow your car to roast in the hot sun day after day.
Wash often
Washing your car on a regular basis is the most important thing you can do to ensure your exterior stays fresh. However, it’s really only beneficial if you take the time to wash it properly.
Before you begin, make sure your car is parked away from direct sunlight.  Next, take a hose and rinse off any dirt that’s accumulated since the last wash. Now it’s time to give it a good cleaning.
If you’re still having trouble getting grime off after washing, use a clay bar and gently glide it over any sticky areas. When that’s done, make sure to rinse one more time to clear off any residue.
Finally, make sure to dry it thoroughly. Grab a microfiber cloth and dry your entire vehicle by hand, making sure not to miss any spots. If you don’t take the time to dry it yourself and allow your car to air dry instead, water spots will begin to develop on your car’s paint.
Like washing, waxing your car consistently can help minimize any damage done to your car’s paint. If you wax your car often enough, you can prevent dirt and debris from sticking to your vehicle and avoid causing long-term damage to the exterior.
Clear off any debris
Before you leave for work in the morning, take a moment and wipe off any bugs or debris that may have stuck to your vehicle overnight.
Park in a garage
If you drive to work every day, you may have difficulty finding a parking spot that will be completely protected from the sun throughout the entirety of your shift.  Consider using a parking garage. There, your car will be nice and cool and protected from the hot rays. Your tires and headlights will also endure less wear and tear.
Car cover
If you often have trouble finding shade, keep a car cover in your trunk at all times. It will come in handy during a summer event such as a family barbecue or your child’s baseball tournament.