The summer can be a dangerous time for cars. Excessive heat can cause rapid expansion of components within the car, sunlight can deteriorate some car interiors causing cracking and fading, and dry, dusty weather can make cars run less efficiently. For this very reason, this post is dedicated to bringing together some ideas as to how you can avoid these damages to your car when the summer sun starts blazing.
How Do I Protect My Car from Summer Heat?
Cars can stand up to a lot of heat on their own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little something here and there to protect it from the worst potential heat. If you don’t have a garage where you can park your car, try to find a spot that has or will have shade while it is parked.
Regular car washing that includes a coat or two of wax will help keep your car clean, so bird droppings, insect residue, or other filthy substances don’t bake in the heat onto your paint, causing damage to your paint. If the dry weather gets dusty, make sure to regularly change your cabin air filter.
How Do I Protect My Car from Sunlight?
If you don’t have a garage or a reliable place to park in the shade, you do still have options. Get a few reflective sunshades that you can put up against your windshield to protect your car interior. Don’t settle for the cheap option, get something you know is going to last.
You may also want to tint your windows, but make sure you are doing so in accordance with local laws. Just like with avoiding the summer heat, regular car washes with protective coats of wax will defend your car from the punishment of the hot, blinding summer sun. Detailed car washing, including clay bar treatment, will take off iron particles and pollutants that soap and water can’t hope to remove on their own.
Just about everything you can do to keep your car safe in summer is preventative and not too difficult. Show your car you care and protect it against the heat and sun of summer now!