29 Jan How to Protect Your Truck from Bad Weather
Whether it’s the wind, rain, sun, or ice, your vehicle doesn’t always respond to weather in the best way. That is why it’s important to take the proper precautions against harsh elements. Learn how to protect your truck from bad weather and save money on vehicular repairs.
How Can You Protect Your Truck from Bad Weather?
While there is no 100% foolproof method of protecting your vehicle, you can certainly take preventative measures. Particularly if you drive long distances for work or fun, try to consistently apply the following tips.
Park underneath a shelter.
Firstly, and perhaps most obviously, always park underneath a shelter if possible. Most people look for sheltered parking during a storm but go the extra mile even when the weather is warm and sunny. Why? Unfortunately, excessive exposure to sunlight can cause fading to your vehicle’s paint, as well as to the interior. Additionally, unsheltered parking opens your car up to bird droppings, fallen limbs, and other debris that nick and scratch your paint job. If you can’t find sheltered parking, try to park in a shady area.
Wash your vehicle regularly.
Likewise, it is extremely important to wash your car often. Even if you know it’s just going to get dirty again on the road, make the effort. If left to sit for too long, bird droppings, dirt, dust, ice, and snow can wear down your paint job or lead to rust spots. It is particularly important to get rid of bird droppings as soon as possible.
Adjust the air in your tires accordingly.
You probably know that the outside temperature affects the air pressure in your tires. Every vehicle is different when it comes to tire pressure, but make sure you stay diligent in checking yours. When it’s cold outside, add extra air to your tires to prevent them from collapsing and wearing down faster.
Use a sunshade.
Back to the sun issue: although you should always look for shaded parking, sometimes it simply isn’t available. For situations like these, make sure you keep a sunshade on hand for your dashboard and windows. It might seem like a hassle to put up, but it does protect your truck’s interior. Additionally, it keeps your steering wheel and seatbelt from getting too hot.
Wax your vehicle to protect against debris.
Waxing costs extra, but it’s worth every penny. Did you know that waxing your vehicle protects it from scratches and dings? Additionally, it fills in preexisting scratches and gives your vehicle a shiny, finished look. Whether your vehicle is being subjected to sleet, sand, or pebbles slung by the wind, the wax provides an extra barrier of protection.
Invest in appropriate insurance for the location where you live.
Finally, make sure you check your insurance options. If you know you will be driving in a lot of bad weather, don’t skip the full coverage.
Don’t Forget to Protect Your Belongings, Too!
It is important to protect your truck, but so is protecting important objects and documents that you might carry in your truck. If you drive a utility truck, make sure you invest in a high-quality, watertight toolbox. Not only does a custom toolbox protect your belongings from the weather, but it also provides security against thieves.
Custom after-market accessories help you dress up your vehicle while keeping it both functional and protected.
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