Summer has finally come to Lynchburg, and it is not gentle on your car. The extreme heat can get can wreak havoc on everything in your car – from the dashboard to the tire pressure, and even the engine! That being the case, it’s crucial to take a few simple steps to protect your car from the blistering heat and its damaging effects before it’s too late. Here are 6 Tips to Protect Your Car from the Extreme Heat…and save yourself money in the process!
The best solution to fix minor issues before they turn into huge, costly problems, and to avoid those issues altogether is to make sure your car is regularly maintained throughout the year.
Remember those cardboard window shades everyone use to have? Well they may be out of style, but they were on to something. Excessive heat and harmful UV rays can damage your car’s interior. Good quality vinyl or leather protection on the seats and the instrument panel would be ideal here. You can also consider tinting your windows for enhanced protection against the sun…and looking cool in the process!
Everyone hears to stay hydrated in the summer, especially athletes. Believe it or not, the same rule applies to your car battery. As an immediate effect of excessive fluid vaporization, the high temperature can lead to diminished car battery life. So be sure to top it off with distilled water every now and again. You may also want to keep your car’s coolant level filled up to help your radiator run with efficiency. If you aren’t sure how to check this, bring it on by any Harris Tire location and we can point you in the right direction.
It’s not just the winter when that annoying little tire light comes on. Excessive heat can lead to incorrect tire pressure. For this reason, you should regularly keep an eye on your car’s tire pressure using a pressure gauge. High temperatures will always lead to an increase in tire pressure, so be sure to monitor the pressure before you go on a drive. Refer to your owner’s manual to find the right tire pressure for your car and always follow up on any improper pressure readings.
A clean, polished car does more than just look good. A clean exterior protects your car from intense heat, as well as the heat absorbing dirt and oxidation. Clean cars block radiant heat more so than dirty cars. A full service wash should also include regular waxing to increase protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays, and there are no lack of great options in Lynchburg for car wash.
Before heading out for a drive during hot conditions, make sure your air conditioning is functioning perfectly. If you’re taking a long drive, try to set out in the morning or evening when conditions are cooler and more forgiving on your car. If you’re taking a trip with children or pets, put in window shades to help them stay cool. Always park in the shade. It’s the easiest form of protection!
By taking measures such as installing interior protection, protecting your battery from excessive fluid evaporation, topping off the coolant level and keeping an eye on your tire pressure, you can help keep your car running safely and efficiently during the hot summer months. Most importantly, ensure your car is receiving routine quality maintenance for year-round protection in any weather.