Iceland's Fimmvorduhals erupts. Image: Henrik ThorburnEnlarge Photo
Whether or not you believe in global warming, one thing is clear: worldwide, we’ve been getting some pretty severe weather and natural disasters as of late.
While we don’t have too many active volcanoes to worry about in the United States, it’s never too early to plan for your car care needs should one pop up in an adjacent town. If you live in Europe, where eruptions of Icelandic volcanoes seem to disrupt air traffic on a regular basis, you’re probably well versed on how to deal with abrasive, acidic volcanic ash.
In case you’re not, the following car care tips come from car-care product manufacturer Autoglym, who saw a significant increase in customer service calls after last year’s volcanic eruption.
If your car is covered with volcanic ash, here’s what the car care experts recommend:
We’d add “park inside if possible” to the list, but be careful using a car cover if inside parking isn’t an option. Even a small amount of abrasive volcanic ash, trapped between a car cover and your paint, is enough to cause significant scratching.
If there’s a bright side, volcanic ash doesn’t dent cars quite the way that baseball-sized hail does.