There’s Safety in Carports

We’re all human; one of our primary concerns will always be safety. Keeping ourselves, our families, and our possessions safe from harm is important to us all, and that’s why a carport is a great addition to any home. How can a carport (or steel garage!) keep me safe? We’re so very glad you asked!

cars traveling slowly down a snow fallen road
cars traveling slowly down a snow fallen road

Depending on what area of the country you live in, snow can play a very large part in your winter days. If you tend to park your car on the street, or uncovered in your driveway, you probably aren’t a stranger to the monotonous routine of scraping your car clean. This can be especially annoying when you’re late, or you need to get somewhere in a hurry. Peephole driving, or clearing only enough of your windshield to be able to see a portion of the road, is something that many cold-weather drivers are familiar with. It typically reduces the driver’s field of vision to a shocking 2-3% of what it normally is. It is the seemingly “easy” option, but it is also incredibly dangerous and illegal in many states (police can cite peephole drivers for obstruction of a window, obstructed vision, and failure to remove snow or ice causing injury or property damage). Using a carport to shelter your car will keep your windshield and windows clean and snow free, allowing you extra time to navigate dangerous icy roads.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, extreme heat can also cause issues for you and your family. Cars that are stored in direct sunlight heat up inside incredibly quickly, lose gas more rapidly due to evaporation, and can become faded (inside and out) over time. Hot car interiors can be dangerous for young children who overheat much more quickly than adults. Direct sunlight can put unnecessary wear on your car’s exterior and interior, fading it quickly and decreasing its value as well. The best solution is to shelter your car under a carport to keep your car at a moderate temperature and keep your gas tank, paint, and interior out of the sunlight. In the long run you will save money and have more peace of mind when it comes to your family’s health and well-being.

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While carports are great for cars, they’re great for other things, too! Kids love to play outside, which can be a challenge when trying to keep them free of sunburns and heat exhaustion. Keeping your children out of direct sunlight during the morning and afternoon when UV rays are at their strongest is incredibly important; 80% of harmful sun exposure occurs before a child turns 18. A carport can provide a great place for your child to play (rain or shine!) that will also keep them out of the sun’s harmful rays.

Carports can provide all sorts of safety for your home; from keeping your children safe and healthy to protecting yourself and your car’s paint job. Starting at only $595 (with free delivery and installation!), a carport is an investment that will pay for itself over and over again. Place a toll-free call to one of our steel carport experts to see what else a carport can do for you!

Did you know?

• In Illinois and some other states, police can cite drivers for obstruction of a window or obstructed vision. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, drivers can be cited if their failure to remove snow or ice causes injury or property damage
• Peephole driving reduces the driver’s field of vision to a paltry 2-3% of what it normally is
• keep your child out of direct sunlight from late morning to mid afternoon, when the sun is strongest.
• Eighty percent of harmful sun exposure occurs before the age of 18