Most people who are concerned with making their car look its best probably do not pay much attention to the dashboard. Instead, they focus on the wheels, the body of the car, the seats. This makes sense, after all, those are all very visible parts of the car. However, the dashboard is also very visible. This is especially true if someone gets into your car. Dashboards get dirty and they can crack. But, there is no need to worry, as you can very easily protect your car’s dashboard from getting damaged. In this article, we will explain some of the things that you can do to protect your dashboard.
“Tinting your windows can also help block out UV rays. However, tinting your windows also comes with a wide variety of other considerations, since you cannot just remove a tinted window whenever you feel like”
Threats you need to be aware of
For those who are not familiar with what can damage a dashboard, we are going to quickly go over the biggest threats to your dashboard. The most dangerous threat to your dashboard is sunlight induced cracking. The sun can dry out the material on your dashboard, which will lead to it becoming stiff and eventually cracking. This is obviously a bigger threat in places with more sun and higher temperatures.
How to protect your dashboard
Dashboard covers are a really simple, good way to protect your dashboard. They are often made of felt or a similar soft material. They come in a wide variety of colors and designs, so you should have no issues finding one that matches your car’s interior. The dashboard covers absorb the UV rays that would otherwise be striking your car’s dashboard. The UV rays from sunlight are what do the most damage to your dashboard. So, getting a dashboard cover can really help lower the damage caused by sunlight.
Sun shields follow the same idea as dashboard covers. They protect your dashboard by blocking UV rays. The main difference is that instead of covering your dashboard, you install the sun shields on your car’s front window.
Tinting your windows can also help block out UV rays. However, tinting your windows also comes with a wide variety of other considerations, since you cannot just remove a tinted window whenever you feel like.
Keep your windows cracked
A very simple solution you can try involves cracking your windows whenever you leave the car. Simply crack all your windows a tiny bit when you park your car. This allows a small amount of air to circulate throughout your car. This helps to keep the temperature inside your car lower. Do be aware of the accompanying risks though, do not do this in a rough part of town!
What to do if your dashboard has cracked or is about to?
If your dashboard looks pretty beat up or, even worse, it has already cracked, then you should bring it to an auto detailer. Auto detailers can help rejuvenate stiff or dried out material, which will prevent it from cracking. If your dashboard has already cracked, then a detailer will be able to fill the crack before it gets any worse. Cracks on dashboards can spread very easily, so it is important that you see a detailer right away if you notice even a small crack on your dashboard.