Summer has arrived and with it vacations and trips to the beach. But the promised land of the summer season has ingredients that do not sit well with the car: sand, nitrate, heat … We review what precautions it is recommended to adopt when we go with the car to the beach.
The first, before a long trip it is advisable to do a quick checkup of the vehicle, especially if we have had it stopped for a long period (something that many vehicles have suffered during the pandemic): oil level and other liquids, tire pressure and condition, battery charge level etc. Prevention is always better than having a breakdown on the road or on vacation.
Once we arrive at our destination, if it is in a coastal area, we can take a series of precautions while enjoying the well-deserved rest to minimize the effects of the proximity of the sea on the body and interior of the car, as well as on the mechanics or tires.
Where and how to park?
If we go to the beach with the car or if, in general, we are in a coastal area, it is essential to choose a good location to park the vehicle. The ideal is park it as far away from the sea as possible, since this reduces the impact of the salt breeze loaded with saltpeter, which favors the corrosion of materials, both for the body and for the engine.
Therefore, we should always park with your back to the sea, preventing the breeze from directly impacting the motor through the front grille or the ventilation grills. Regarding the bodywork, the best option would be to cover it with a cover, although this can be somewhat cumbersome. However, if we are not going to move the car a lot during the holidays, it may be an option. If not, it would be advisable to wash it at some point while we are on the coast.
The shadow is always our ally, because the heat increases the temperature significantly in the passenger compartment of the car, in addition to that it does not sit well with the mechanics. This can be extrapolated to the whole summer, whether we are on vacation or not, when parking on the street. Therefore, whenever possible, the best option is to park it in a closed parking lot.
Around the sand
In case you have to use the car to go directly to the beach, it is usual for the car interior fill with sand. Something that we can minimize by cleaning our feet and slippers before getting into the vehicle, as well as the belongings that we have brought with us (towels, chairs, bags, umbrellas, etc.)
To prevent half a beach from accumulating in the cabin, yours is shake the mats regularly and vacuum the car inside even during the holidays. Also, when we return from our rest period, the most advisable thing is to do a deep cleaning both inside and outside.
If the car has sand adhered to the body, it must be removed before adding the water as it could be grated. For example, with compressed air. Also, with pressurized water we can clean the underside, as well as the tires.
Regarding the upholstery, it can be prevented from being damaged or stained covering the seats with a cover, which is a good solution against sweat or damp or wet swimsuits.
Sometimes, if we are going to access a remote beach, it implies moving through dirt or sand roads. If our car is not an SUV or SUV, it is best to avoid it as much as possible, as sand and dust can leak into the mechanics, which could cause a breakdown. In addition, we must always go very slowly and ensuring that a stone or unevenness does not damage the underside of the car.
In the same way, yes we park in an area with a lot of slope or unevennessIn addition to leaving the gear in the opposite direction, we can chock the wheels to avoid scares, for example, with a stone.
Heat, tires and disinfecting gels
In general, the heat does not sit well with the car’s wheels: during the summer the asphalt significantly increases the temperature, especially if it is in the sun, which can cause a premature wear on the tires.
For this reason, we must pay special attention to the wheels during the holidays, not only before the round trips. Bring adequate pressure will prevent uneven wear.
In addition, if we check that the drawing is somewhat correct before traveling, it is recommended to change them before starting the holidays: it is recommended to replace them when the grooves are 2 mm deep, even though the legal minimum is 1.6 mm.
Finally, in regards to cabin and high temperatures, this summer 2020 a new enemy is added: the disinfectant gels, since they usually have a high alcohol content, which together with direct sun, can spoil surfaces inside the car (steering wheel, dashboard, door handles …).
Similarly, we must avoid leaving the hydroalcoholic gel with which we disinfect our hands inside the car, as it can get very hot and could cause burns to the skin if applied at high temperatures.
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