There’s nothing like the crisp air and vibrant colors of fall – until all those leaves start falling on your car. Along with cooler temperatures, turkey trots and Thanksgiving, autumn brings the risk of leaves damaging the paint and finish on your car. So how do you protect your car from fall leaves?
3 Easy Ways You Can Protect Your Car from Fall Leaves
- First and foremost, regularly remove leaves from the surface of your car. The longer you allow leaves to stay on your car, the more time they have to decompose and release chemicals and sap onto your car, damaging your car paint and in some cases leaving a fossil-like imprint on your car.
- Be sure to remove leaves by hand, one by one, to avoid scratching the paint. Brooms and leaf blowers may be a quicker alternative, but they’re more likely to damage your finish.
- Finally, parking your car in a garage or covered area can help you prevent the problem completely. You can also purchase a car cover if you don’t have access to a garage and be sure to use it if you head out of town and won’t be able to clear leaves from your car right away.
Other Solutions to Avoid Leaf Damage to Your Car
- Remove leaves from your car’s surface every day until the foliage is gone. It’s the best thing you can do.
- Step up your car washing game throughout the season to stay ahead of the deluge of autumn leaves. Specifically, plan to wash your car at least once per week.
- At the end of the season, when all the leaves have fallen, is the best time to give your car a wax. It’s also a great time to detail the car, paying close attention to the trim and wheels. Waxing and detailing at the end of fall prepares your car for the winter months ahead.
By removing leaves immediately and washing your car regularly, you can enjoy the autumn leaves without the worry of damaging your car.