ecause of the high temperatures that can be expected during the summer months, it is essential that your vehicle be prepared to withstand the heat. The best way to ensure that your car operates as it should is to take preventative measures. Here are five things you can do to keep your car safe when the temperature is high.
Inspect the battery life
Intense heat can drain your car’s battery quickly. Get your battery checked out before the warm weather of summer hits to make sure it’s in good working order. Keep an eye on the battery terminals and wipe away any corrosion that has built up because battery fluid evaporates quickly in hot weather.
Don't let your fluid levels drop
You should check your fluids more frequently during a heat wave because they serve to cool the engine. Oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid all fall into this category. Inadequate levels of these fluids make it more difficult for the engine to dissipate heat.
What about the coolant in the engine, has it been changed recently? To find out if it’s recommended to change the coolant, consult the manual. Unless otherwise specified, fill it to the marked line.
Keep out of the Sun
Try to find a parking spot that has some shade, is underground, or is in some other way protected from the direct sunlight when you are looking for a place to put your vehicle.
In addition to that, make sure your windows are rolled down an inch or two. For reasons of safety and privacy, you can protect your vehicle by purchasing tinted visors that reflect light and make it less obvious that your windows are rolled down.
Use a Sun Shade
It is recommended that you always have a windshield shade on hand so that you can use it in the event that you are forced to park your vehicle in direct sunlight. Windshield shades not only help to keep the interior of your vehicle cool, but they also help to protect the interior of your vehicle from the potentially damaging effects of direct sunlight. If you leave your car in the hot sun for too long, the dashboard may become cracked and dried out, which is both unsightly and dangerous.
Always Wash and Cover Your Car
Applying a product designed for detailing to your dashboard will protect it and reduce glare. It is beneficial to use seat covers in order to maintain a cool temperature on your car seats. If you have leather seats, you should make sure to condition them well during the warm weather so that they don’t crack.
The exterior of your vehicle is susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight and high temperatures. Waxing your car regularly is an excellent way to protect it from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UV).
Changing Belts, Hoses, and Tires
On extremely hot days, when the pavement is extremely hot, underinflated tyres can be a major problem, potentially leading to a blowout. Since hoses and drive belts are more prone to failure in hot weather, it’s important to check them to make sure they are in good shape and haven’t cracked or otherwise deteriorated.
Contact us right away if you want more information about keeping your car cool this summer.