It’s not the summer without a beach trip. You might have protected your vehicle from all of the environmental hazards you find close to home, but what about when you’re away and potentially near a whole new set of hazards and environmental factors? Beaches are fun, but there’s a lot that people don’t consider for visits. Even just day trips can prove to be a problem. Here are a few tips for keeping your car in good condition even when heading to the beach.

Consistently washing your vehicle during and after a seaside trip can do wonders. The salt in the air and abrasive sand can build up and consistently damage parts of your ride. Washing with plenty of water can remove that buildup and keep you from bringing unwanted memories home in the form of body damage.

The salt in the air can affect more than your paint job. When you’re washing the residue off of your vehicle, keep an eye out for spots of corrosion that you might not notice right away. Taking extra special attention when looking at your tailpipe, tire valves, and other exposed metal can make the difference. 

The kicker is the sand. It clings to shoes, towels, skin, and travels in all sorts of places, and you definitely don’t want it travelling inside of your vehicle. No matter how much you shake out the things you take to the beach, there’s a good chance they still have some sand in them. 

If you’re planning a longer stay, take the time to hang them up to shake out for a long period of time before packing them back in. If it’s for a quick trip, using a separate bag to hold those items to contain the sand. A thorough vacuuming might still be in order or else you could be finding bits of your beach trip for a long time in the corners of your vehicle.

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