Summer can be an intense season. If you don’t take the proper precautions, the sun can severely damage key components of your vehicle. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the exterior of cars to reach 194◦ F when exposed to direct sunlight in the summer. This amount of heat can not only wreak havoc on your car’s finish, but its interior as well.
To protect your vehicle, keep in mind the following tips:
- Park in the shade. This is the best way to avoid direct sunlight, which will keep your interior and exterior from drying and cracking.
- Use a windshield sun protector. These affordable products keep the inside of your car cool and help prevent sun damage.
- Install seat covers. Seat covers are a great way to protect leather and fabric seats. Better still, these covers can help keep your seats cool.
- Wash and dry your exterior often. Sun and heat can fade and crack the paint of your car. Frequent washing and hand drying helps remove dirt and dust particles that can cause issues to a vehicle’s finish.
- Wax your car. Waxing your car adds an extra layer of protection from ultraviolet rays. How often a car needs a wax job varies, but it is best to do it on a regular basis.
- Check your tire pressure. Hot pavement and underinflated tires can easily lead to blowouts, which can be expensive to fix. Even good tires can lose about one pound of air pressure a month, so it's important to check them often. Be sure to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure.