Fleming Island is near the ocean. And everyone knows that Florida is famous for its humidity and often-wet climate. How will that impact your car? Can you do anything to protect the vehicle?
Moisture is sometimes detrimental to your overall vehicle health. Therefore, if you don't maintain your vehicle, damage might occur. And, in these cases, your car insurance policy might provide you with no assistance. It is hard to try to link vehicle damage to moisture, or to prove that you could have avoided the problem. Therefore, taking proactive steps to avoid these circumstances might be more helpful.
Wet Conditions And Your Car
You likely understand that if it rains, the roads can become slick. Therefore, you might have a car wreck. However, you might not realize that there is moisture in the air all the time. In many cases, it is a part of the local climate. The coastal areas of Florida are no exception.
As the amount of water density in the air increases, a measurement called humidity rises. To you, humidity might equal so-called stickiness. This is because that as the humidity rises, the amount of oxygen in the air drops. You can likely see the side effects on your own body. You might sweat more, become dehydrated or find yourself struggling to breathe. But, what you might not realize is that increased humidity might cause problems for your car.
Decreased oxygen and more moisture in the air can put strain on your car in multiple ways:
- Oxygen is an important element in helping your engine function. Therefore, more humidity might make it begin to struggle over time.
- Your tire pressure might fluctuate during times of extreme humidity. As a result, your ability to control the vehicle might drop. You might also reduce your gas mileage because your wheels are not working optimally.
- The increased humidity could also tarnish certain elements of your car. It might cause rust corrosion and other exterior damage over time.
However, you can usually minimize the effects of humidity. For example, having regular engine maintenance can help you keep the internal systems in good shape. You'll therefore have a lower likelihood of having a serious internal problem.
This is often a great benefit because your standard car insurance might not cover your vehicle in cases of humidity damage. Certainly, if your tire collapses, causing you to collide with another car, then your policy can help. But having an engine breakdown because you didn't take care of the car will likely not qualify you for a claim. So, as humidity risks rise this spring, don't hesitate to keep your eye on the car. Take it to the mechanic as necessary, and you likely won't regret it.