It happens to the best drivers out there. No matter how careful you may be on the road or when you’re parking, there will always be other drivers that are less careful than you. Some of them may even scrape and damage your car through carelessness in traffic or when parking in tight spaces. So, no matter whether you live in a crowded urban area, or you commute in more suburban settings, your car will need some sturdy bumper protection unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars on detailing and maintenance costs. In addition, safe driving and parking can save you in time and money spent. With protection in mind, let’s take a look at some tips and products to invest in to keep your car safe from bumper damage.
Invest in a Bumper Protector
While they’re generally regarded by aftermarket modification enthusiasts as simple appearance upgrades. There are a number of companies out there that create front lip and bumper lip kits that provide protection while giving vehicles a slick, aerodynamic look.
Opt for a lip kit made from a malleable and versatile rubber material that’s been heat bonded and provides double-sided protection. Though bumper kits may be on the pricier side of protective investment parts, they’re surprisingly easy to install. Many lip kits simply adhere to the bottom of a bumper, side skirts, and even entire car bodies.
Speaking of parallel parking, you’ll undoubtedly run into drivers who either don’t care or don’t know how to park without bumping into cars behind and in front of them. But, what if you’re in the first or last spot on the street? These spots are not only convenient to pull in and out of, they offer some strategic protection. Parking in the first or last spots on a street may leave your car vulnerable to oncoming traffic, especially on one-way city streets. However, parking first in line makes sure that your front bumper is protected from any careless drivers while parking last blocks you from getting boxed in or scraped by someone trying to park behind you.
If you’re unfamiliar with parallel parking or need to review some of the basics, Lifehacker has some vital tips that can protect your bumper and anyone else’s vehicle you happen to be parking near.
Keep a Safe Distance On the Road
While this may be harder in densely-populated cities with tons of traffic, you should always follow certain rules about keeping a safe following distance. This is especially useful for drivers who commute on freeways and county routes with high volumes of cars on the road and frequent stops due to traffic.
Take some time to refresh your memory about some driver’s ed basics and consider the “two-second rule.” At any given speed, along with clear, temperate weather, you should always keep a well-defined distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Give yourself at least two seconds to respond if there’s a sudden slow down or full stop. In clear weather, this distance is about two cars in length. However, if you’re traveling at night, going downhill, or driving through inclement weather such as heavy rain, dense fog, or a blizzard, it’s advisable that you maintain an even greater distance to make up for slick roads or low visibility.
Overall, protecting your car from bumper damage can be easy if you follow some common sense driving and parking techniques. Always stay vigilant when you’re traveling through crowded city streets or any road with high traffic volumes and maintain a safe following distance no matter where you are. If you’d like extra protection while your car is parked, you may need some extra help from a bumper protector or lip kit. Remember that the first step to keeping your vehicle safe starts with having the right protective instincts and tools.
Alexander Forrester is a professional speaker, trainer, business coach and a freelance content writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. When he’s not investigating the latest trends in automotive technology, he enjoys working on his ‘76 Gran Torino and driving up and down the Causeway with his wife, Linda.