While the summertime brings a lot of nice weather, it also comes with some extreme heat. This heat can not just be a problem for workers, but drivers as well. Therefore, it’s important to know how you can best protect your ride during these months…
Extreme Heat: Prepare For The Summer
Most people are aware of the dangers extreme heat creates inside their car. When it’s not running, your car effectively takes that heat and traps it inside. It doesn’t take long for the internal temperature to reach well over 100° F. This is why you should never leave another person or pet in a non-running car during the summertime.
If you want to limit this heat, there’s a few things you can do. Aside from just parking in shaded areas, you can also use windshield sun protectors. These will drastically limit the amount of heat in your car. Using seat covers is also good, especially if you have leather seats, as they can retain a lot of heat and be uncomfortable to sit on.
Extreme heat isn’t just a problem for your car’s interior. It can also lead to exterior damage too. High levels of heat can cause your car’s paint to crack and chip. Your tires may also lose more air pressure than they normally would during these months as well.
Consistent cleaning is your best bet for protecting your car’s paint job. Waxing your car after a wash will help extra layer of protection from the sun’s UV rays. As for your tires, be sure to check your tire pressure often and add more air when needed.
Under the hood
Of course, if you want to make sure your car runs fine in extreme heat, you have to check under the hood. A lot of internal components can be impacted by high temperatures. Your battery, fluids, cooling, and air conditioning systems can all run into issues which can be caused by the heat.
In general, you’ll want to keep a close eye on these systems and make sure that they’re working properly. Be sure to replace any fluids when necessary to ensure everything keeps running smoothly. Should your run into any serious issues, it’s best to have a professional inspect it as soon as you can.