The sea areas usually play a trick on our car; the saltwater is very corrosive, the paint of our car can be carried forward in the blink of an eye.
The Canarian archipelago is usually the most affected, due to its weather type, because of the sand in suspension, which is as harmful to us as to our car.
It is very convenient to have the car in good condition since if, for example, we have to pass it in Tenerife (the largest of the Canary Islands), it will be easier to pass the review to the first.
The main factors that damage our car are:
- The wind: in principle, it is not very harmful but, if the air contains saltwater and, as we have said before, sand in suspension, it becomes very corrosive to paint and rubbers but especially to polycarbonate headlights.
- The sand: you have to be careful with the sand, you can easily strain through any small opening that we leave in our car. If it is already annoying to take it in the swimsuit, imagine having it all over the upholstery.
- Moisture: the humidity in the environment next to the sea usually has saltwater dispersed.
If you do not know how to protect your car in these areas, do not worry, then I leave a few tips that will surely be very useful.
- Humidity: at the end of the day, the small particles of water that fall on the car dry out and leave salt on the vehicle, which destroys the paint. Besides, large crystals can form, which, when washing the car after coming from the beach, scratch the paint. A good way to protect the car against moisture in coastal areas is to wash and block it before leaving for vacations.
You must wash the car after a day at the beach to remove the salt. (Do not put it in a car wash directly as you could scratch it, give it a good hose first). And above all, do not leave the windows down.
- Sand: The particles of sand in suspension in the coastal areas spoil the paint and rubber of our car, but without doubt, the part that suffers most are the headlights, which currently made of polycarbonate.
The sand removes the first layer of our headlights, which it does is protect them from deterioration. As a result, the headlights spoil faster, becoming opaque.
It is important that if you are driving along the coast and you see that there is sand, you reduce the speed, that way, you will reduce the violence with which the particles of sand collide with the car.
It is convenient to wash the car at the beach, but not with a sponge or in a car wash; that way, we scratch our car.
It is also important to avoid entering sand; this solved by shaking well before entering the car and putting protective covers on the seats, in the case of not having them, a solution would be to put a clean towel that covers the seats.
With these tips, you will be able to minimize damage to protect your car in coastal areas.