It isn’t just our skin that can end up damaged by heat and hot sunshine – the beating sun can also wreak havoc with many of the things that we own, including cars and other vehicles. During testing of cars left out in the heat, interior temperatures have been recorded at well over 145 degrees Fahrenheit, whilst exterior temperatures were recorded in excess of 195 degrees. However, it’s not just the seats and dashboard that you need to look out for in the sun, as warm weather can have an adverse effect on your car’s engine. So, whether it’s just a hot time of the year, or you’re lucky enough to live in an area that has a warm climate year-round, it’s always best to ensure that your vehicle is fully protected.
Protecting the Interior
Whenever possible, parking your car in a shady area is the best way to protect its interior from the sun. Avoiding direct sunlight hitting your car is probably the easiest way to avoid any nasty dryness or cracking on your dashboard. If you’re parked in a safe, secure area, you should crack the windows open slightly to allow to air into the vehicle. If you can’t park in the shade, using a windscreen shield is also a good way to keep the interior of your car cool. They’re easy to use, and can be purchased from stores like Autobodynow.com. Installing seat covers, using a conditioner on the seats, and cleaning the dashboard with a microfiber cloth are all additional measures that you can use to protect the interior of your car from the heat.
Protecting the Exterior
Regularly washing and hand drying your car can help protect its exterior from the heat, as it helps to remove particles of dirt and dust that can cause micro scratches made worst by hot weather. A layer of wax between your car and the sun’s rays is also a great way of protecting the finish of your vehicle, so frequently waxing your car is also a measure that can be taken to keep it looking its best in the sun. Remember that the heat can also wreak havoc with your tires, so it’s important to check your tire pressure regularly.
Protecting the Engine
Making sure that your car’s cooling system is always in good working order is vital to keeping the engine protected and avoiding overheating in the warm weather. Regularly checking the belts, and keeping your antifreeze and/or coolant fluids topped up in accordance with your manufacturer’s handbook is crucial. It’s also a good idea to ensure that your vehicle battery and air-conditioning system is regularly checked by a professional mechanic, as the breakdown of these systems can lead to engine overheating.
Do you live in a hot climate? Which measures do you take to keep the interior, exterior and engine of your vehicle protected in the heat? If you’ve got any top tips or advice for other drivers, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.