Humidity Hacks: Keeping Your Vehicle in Good Shape in Sticky Weather

Both summer and winter weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle. From the sticky humid days of July to the heavy snowstorms that blanket your car in December, water-related issues require you to stay on your toes. Fortunately, there are tricks you can use to combat car humidity problems and keep your vehicle in tip-top shape.

Salty Air = Rust in Florida

If you live near the ocean in Florida, you have to contend with the moist, salty air damaging your car. To help prevent the ocean spray from turning into rust, Instructables suggests washing your car once a week, waxing it at the beginning of summer and finding a car wash that cleans the underside of your car and wheel wells. Once your vehicle is clean, spray it with a lubricant like Jig-A-Loo to prevent rust and keep any existing damage from spreading. Because it is a flammable product, make sure your engine is cold and allow some time for the vapors to dissipate before driving anywhere.

Humidity = Foggy Windows in New Jersey

Many parts of New England deal with incredible humidity during the summer. Damp air and high temperatures can cause your vehicle’s windows to fog up and impede your visibility. Although you can run your wipers while driving, keeping your windows as clean as possible can drastically cut down on the fog.

Another easy solution is to turn the A/C down or off or to run the heater on low for a few minutes to stop the humid air from condensing on the car’s exterior. Although you don’t want to drive for long distances in the summer with the heater going, doing so at the beginning of your trip can drastically cut back on the fog.

Cold Damp Air = Wet Interior Windows in Oregon

Residents of the Pacific Northwest deal with interior condensation in the winter. Temperatures drop, the rain falls and, before you know it, the inside of your vehicle’s windows are dripping with water. To prevent this from happening, Confused.com suggests cleaning the interior windows frequently. Then, put cat litter in a pair of old pantyhose or socks and keep it under one of the seats. The kitty litter absorbs the moisture in the car, which leads to less condensation.

Snowy Weather = Frozen Doors in Minnesota

During the winter, people who live in snowy climates often contend with car doors that freeze shut. If you are running late to school or work, it can be incredibly stressful to discover that you cannot easily get into your vehicle. To prevent this, spray some Pam or other cooking onto the rubber seals around your vehicle’s doors, and rub it in with a paper towel. Because melting snow getting into the seals and freezing causes the doors to seal shut, the oil protects the rubber from the water.

About the Author: Alison Stanton has been a freelance writer for the past 15 years. She enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics, and always looks for opportunities to learn about new subjects.

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