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Nature can be harsh on vehicles.

Protecting automobiles from the elements should be a priority for drivers, especially those who do not park their cars and trucks in garages.  The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause your vehicle’s paint to peel and fade over time. UV rays break down the molecules in the paint and make it appear dull. The company says red paint is particularly susceptible because red paint molecules deteriorate faster in the sun than other paint colours. Leaving a vehicle exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time increases the risk of damage to its interior and exterior. It’s important that car and truck owners recognize this so they can mitigate the potential problems sun and heat may cause. 

In a perfect world, all vehicle owners would be able to park their cars and trucks in garages. In such a world, automobiles would not be vulnerable to sun, storms, and other natural elements that, over time, can contribute to wear and tear. But, many drivers cannot or choose not to park their cars in garages. Some are content to let their vehicles brave the elements, while others look for ways to protect their cars and trucks as much as possible. Drivers who count themselves among the latter group can take these simple steps to protect their cars and trucks from whatever mother nature has in store for them.

Park in the shade. Parking in the shade can protect both the interior and exterior of a vehicle. Shaded areas protect upholstery and dashboards inside the car from sun-induced fading while also limiting the damage sun can cause to exterior paint. Faded paint may hurt the resale value, prompting prospective buyers to walk away or at least wonder if a vehicle with a faded exterior was well maintained.

Wash and wax. Washing and waxing a vehicle helps minimize the inevitable damage regardless of where drivers park their cars. Dirt and debris litter roadways and over time cars can collect a large amount of these unwanted stowaways. If dirt and debris are not removed, they can cause long-term damage to vehicle

exteriors. Washing and waxing a car can ensure its exterior looks good and reduce the likelihood of rust and other corrosion from occurring.

Don’t write off bird droppings. Some drivers, especially those who do not park their cars and trucks in garages, may write off bird droppings as an annoying yet harmless side effect of vehicle ownership. However, bird droppings are acidic and can cause permanent damage to vehicle paint if left to their unsightly devices. Tree sap is an equally formidable foe, potentially causing scratching because it can be challenging to remove without spreading. Specially formulated sprays can help drivers remove bird droppings and sap from their vehicles.

Use a car cover. Drivers who have garages but use them to store things other than their vehicles can use car covers when parking their cars in their driveways. Covers protect vehicles from the elements and can be quickly and easily removed.

Interior vehicle air temperatures have been recorded well in excess of 145 F. Interior surfaces exposed to direct sunlight have been recorded at temperatures in excess of 195 F. To prevent potential sun-related damage to your vehicle’s interior, take these precautions.

Avoid direct sunlight. Park in the shade as much as possible.

Crack a window. If it is safe to do so, lower interior air temperature and equalize air pressure by opening up car windows a little.

Use a windshield protector. Reflect sunlight away and keep the vehicle cool with a windshield sun protector that unfolds and slides into place.

Install seat covers. Seat covers can protect leather and fabric upholstery. A leather conditioner can help prevent cracks and tears from sunlight and heat.