The colors are changing, temperatures are finally dropping, and the most notable sign that fall has arrived are the leaves falling. While beautiful to look at and see your children playing in during the autumn months, leaves can actually wreak havoc for your car and the roads, leaving long-term damage in their path.
You may be unaware of the potential damage that leaves can have on and to your vehicle. Their sap, pollen, and natural acid can stain and damage the paint finish on your car, especially when wet. When leaves are wet they will stick to the surface and then start to decompose and release those chemicals onto your vehicle making them even stickier over time. In addition, they can potentially clog drains, damage air filters, and create trouble for your wiper blades if left unattended for long periods of time. Once they start to rot they can prove even more difficult to remove and remedy. Here are our tips to avoiding leaf (and potential lasting) damage to your car this fall!
Remove leaves often. Simply using your hands to brush off leaves that fall on your windshield and other areas of your car is a good way to prevent scratches and more harmful damage. In addition, it’s wise to wash your car move often during the fall.
Park in a covered area. If you have access to a garage or covered parking, take advantage. At the very least, try your best to not park under trees with falling leaves that could sit on your windshield for long periods of time.
Invest in a car cover. This is a great option for car owners that leave their vehicle in the same place for long periods of time. This will protect against leaf damage, but other natural elements also.
By treating leaves like you would snow or ice--removing it before you begin to drive and then driving carefully--you can prevent lasting damage to your car. Regular removal, frequent washes, and maintenance checks will keep your vehicle in good shape during the autumn season!
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