6 Steps to Protect Your Car This Summer
June 14, 2017
When you think of preparing your car to combat the seasons, you immediately think of winter. The ice, the snow, and the freezing cold temperatures all wreak havoc on your vehicle.
But it is just as important to protect your car during the warm summer months. Before you head to the beach or start battling that weekend traffic, there are some things you should do to get your car summer ready inside and out.
Get a Tune Up
This is one of the best and most important ways to protect your car and prevent summer damage. Getting regular tune ups helps you find any small problems before they become big ones, and gets your engine in the best possible shape before you take it out on the road.
When you’re getting that tune up, make sure to ask about a thorough brake check. After a winter of icy roads and with an upcoming summer of long drives and potential construction traffic, you will feel confident knowing your brakes are in good working order.
Check Your Tires
A rising temperature can create problems for your car’s tires. Air in your tires will expand in the heat, and exposure to high temperatures could damage the rubber. Couple that with hot asphalt and your tires are bound to see some wear and tear.
It is important to check your tire pressure to make sure it is at a good level, and look for any weak spots, uneven wearing down, or punctures. This will help you avoid running into a problem down the road.
Keep Your Car Hydrated
We aren’t the only ones that need plenty of hydration in the hot weather. Your car should have full fluid levels too.
When the temperature rises, more gas will evaporate, your engine will need plenty of oil for lubrication, and you will need to cool down the interior.
Make sure your oil, gas and coolant levels are where they should be, especially before any long drives. The last thing you want is to have your air conditioner stop working on one of the hottest days of summer.
Protect the Outside
When your car is performing at its best, it should look its best. Summer is a great opportunity to touch up all those nicks and scratches that your car has collected over your travels. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a tired-looking car that just survived a long winter.
Once you do get your car looking spic and span, there are several ways you can protect your paint job from the elements. This can include a protective wax treatment that will further protect your car in summer driving conditions.
Why not take it a step further? Refresh your car inside and out with a summer detailing and start the season off on the right foot.
Throw a Shade On
Sunglasses aren’t just for people anymore. A car sunshade helps block sun, lower the internal temperature of your car, and will protect your car interior from bleaching fabric seats, baking electronic devices, and a sizzling hot steering wheel.
Use a car sunshade for your windshield, or even on your side windows for maximum effect.
Before You Hit The Road
Now that your car is summer ready, make sure you are too. We recommend having some essentials in your car for summer driving, including:
Protect your car from summer conditions, pack the essentials, and you will be able to hit the road with confidence.
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