Some of us are fortunate to live in areas that are warm and sunny for most of the time. But then there are those of us who are not so lucky, living in areas where there is a colder clime and a higher risk of rainy weather. While both types of weather can cause damage to our cars, it is rain that we are going to focus on here. It can cause havoc if it gets into the wrong places on our vehicles and it can have an effect on how safe we are too. For these reasons, rain-proofing is vital.
#1: Ensure your car is well sealed
The most obvious thing to say, of course, is make sure your doors and windows are closed properly. You will keep the rain out if you do. However, if you notice wet patches on your seat after a heavy night of rain, despite everything seemingly being closed, it might be that the rubber seals that usually protect your car have become damaged. This weatherstripping is designed to keep out the elements so purchase a new car window seal and car door seal if necessary.
#2: Keep your car sheltered
Persistent exposure to water can result in corrosion so it’s important to keep your car sheltered if you can. If you have a home garage, make room for your car, as this is the best way to protect your car from the elements. If you don’t have a garage, use a protective cover. You could use something you have at home but for better results, use a waterproof car cover that can be bought from your local motor store. These are purposely designed to protect cars from rain, wind, hail, and snow, and are perfect if you don’t have space to house your car at home.
#3: Protect your exterior paintwork
The exterior paint on your car has protective elements against water but it can erode over time. For this reason, it’s worth paying for a paint protection film to be installed when you first buy your car. This provides protection from all of the elements and it can protect your car against scratches as well. Another way to protect your paintwork is to treat it by washing and waxing it regularly. The wax helps to maintain the integrity of the paint and will make it last for longer. Sealants and spray-on-car paint protection can also be advised so speak to somebody at your local auto shop for advice on the best products for your vehicle.
#4: Replace your wiper blades when necessary
Moving away from rain damage, it’s important to consider your safety too. Your wiper blades are there to keep you safe in rainy weather so it’s imperative that they work correctly. If they make a squeaking sound when in operation, and especially if they leave streak marks on your windows, you will know the rubber on the blades is failing. A new pair of wipers will often be necessary, because, as you will well understand, your life (and the lives of others) will be in danger if you have reduced visibility.
You will want the best for your car so weatherproofing it is key. Follow our tips and then look for advice on other ways to protect your car from the effects of the weather.