Can sand hurt your car after a beach trip?

There’s no point in living in Surfside Beach, SC if you never hit the beach, right? If you’re lucky enough to live by the ocean, there’s not much reason not to spend as much time there as possible. But, all that sun and sand can do as much harm as good. Spend too much time on the beach without sunscreen, and you’re looking at skin cancer, and if you’re not careful, all that sand can do some serious harm to your car.

One of the ways sand can harm your car is by working its way into the brake pads. This can cause premature wearing on the bearings when it works its way into the calipers. It can do some major damage to your belts by getting into the pulley system, and even clog filters, restricting air flow in your car. In many cars, it can affect the sensors and give drivers false readings.

The most obvious damages are usually cosmetic, scratching away at the clear coat, wearing away at your paint job and leading to rust. On the upside, it’s rare for sand to get right into the engine block itself, so you’re probably not going to wind up asking Benefit Insurance Services for a whole new car over sand.

If you expose your car to sand frequently, you can use an air pump to blast the sand out of there and keep your car relatively grit-free. Washing your car regularly can also keep sand from building on it and creating damage. You can also park a little farther from the coast on your next Surfside Beach, SC trip. Proper maintenance will help prevent most sand damages, and Benefit Insurance Services can help you when things get really bad.