Apartment living has its ups and downs. The ups include amenities like swimming pools, fitness centers and restaurants in walking distance. A big downer is street parking. Even if there’s a parking lot for tenants, it’s not the same as pulling into a garage. But don’t worry! There are things you can do to protect your car against the outdoor elements.

Wax Your Ride

You can protect your paint from harsh winter and summer weather by waxing your car regularly. This preserves your paint, preventing oxidation from occurring. There is also a cosmetic benefit! The clear coat can cover up minor scratches and other blemishes.

Watch Where You Park

Before you put your car in park, look around, and up and down. Try to avoid parking under trees. Your car can get covered in pollen, leaves or worse yet debris. If a storm strikes, loose branches may fall onto your car. The wind may even uproot a tree, causing major damage to your vehicle. You also want to be mindful of parking on corners. Be sure that the street is wide enough for even inexperienced drivers to turn the corner without hitting the curb or your car. Also, avoid parking next to a bus stop or other areas where crowds convene. People may accidentally scrape your car with bags, umbrellas or other items, or lean against your car to rest.

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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