Protect your car from the damaging effects of the sun and increasing temperatures to keep your vehicle in shape for longer.
Tips to protect your car from the sun:
With the sun making an appearance and temperatures increasing, bear in mind the effects it has on your car. Both the interior and exterior can be damaged from exposure to the sun and heat.
When looking at ways to protect your car, you need to consider beyond the dashboard and seats. The finish of your car and engine are also at risk.
To protect your car’s interior:
- Park in the shade. It is the simplest form of protection. Avoiding direct sunlight, therefore, helps to keep your dash from drying and cracking. When you can, open the windows slightly to help keep the interior temperatures low and equalise the air pressure.
- Invest in a windshield sun protector. In doing so, you keep your car cool and prevent sun damage. These visors are easy to unfold and slide into place on your dash.
- Remove dust with a microfiber cloth. Did you know, dust and dirt can cause tiny scratches that can become worse over time? Accordingly, wiping down the dash frequently can avoid this damage. Simply using a low-gloss detailing product will protect it and reduce glare from the sun.
- Install seat covers. These will not only protect leather and fabric seats, but they also help keep them cool.
- Use conditioner on leather seats. To help avoid cracks or tears forming on your leather, keep your seats clean, and frequently apply leather conditioner.
Tips for your car’s exterior:
- Wash and dry often. Naturally, the sun and heat can fade and crack your car’s paint. Therefore, frequent washing and hand drying helps to remove dirt and dust particles that can cause micro scratches and dull the finish to your car.
- Use wax on your car. A simple layer of wax between your car and the sun’s UV rays is an effective way to help protect it.
- Check your tyre pressure. With increased temperatures, hot pavements and under-inflated tyres can be a dangerous combination, and may lead to a blowout. Tyres can lose about one pound of air pressure a month, so it’s really important to check tyre pressure often when it’s warmer. However, remember to follow your vehicle’s manufacturer recommended tyre pressure.
Tips for under the hood:
Using simple preventative car maintenance methods and ensuring the upkeep of your car can keep you on the road for longer.
- Check your cooling system. To help protect your engine from overheating, make sure it stays in good working order. You can do this by checking and changing the belts and coolant regularly, as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
- Check your fluids. To reduce the chance of overheating, check your fluid levels are not below recommended levels. Therefore, take a look at motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. As a result, if any need to be topped off, check your owner’s manual about the types of fluids recommended.
- Battery. Increasing temperatures and more air conditioning usage can cause it to wear out and fail quicker. Having the vehicle’s battery and complete charging system checked regularly by a professional mechanic, therefore, makes sure it’s functioning as it should.