Ahhhhh, the beach.
Floridians are blessed to have access to amazing beaches; some cities will even let you drive on them. There’s hardly a better way to spend a summer day. But your car may not appreciate the environment as much as you do.
Here are a few tips to keep your vehicle from experiencing issues related to extreme conditions at the beach:
Cover your seats, floorboard, and trunk with old towels or sheets.
We cringe at the sight of buckets of sand in our car after a day in paradise. Covering the interior of your car with sheets or towels will keep the mess to a minimum and you won’t have to contort yourself into crazy yoga positions to vacuum every last bit of sand.
Park in a garage or use a vehicle cover.
If you’re vacationing at the beach for an extended period of time, park in a covered lot or use a vehicle cover. Doing so will help cut down on salt air exposure, hindering corrosion. Bonus is that your car won’t be 180 bahjillion degrees when you get into it.
Rinse the underside of your vehicle after it has cooled off.
If you’re driving on sand, make sure you rinse the underside of your car with a hose as soon as it has cooled down. A nice rinse is good even if you didn’t drive on the beach. This will help prevent any corrosion or rust from getting a jump start on you.
Rinse and wash the exterior of your vehicle.
Rinse off the exterior of your car to get rid of any caked-on sand or grit. Sand is great for human skin exfoliation but not great on your car’s paint job. Make sure to wash and wax it regularly. It likes a spa day too!
Florida beaches are quite a perk! Make sure your vehicle will get you there and back home by taking good care of it.
Does your vehicle need a summertime check-up? Give us a call at 407-322-8415.