How To Protect Your Car From Extreme Heat
Summer is fully upon us and the weather is really heating up. Extreme heat like the area has experienced this week and will for the coming weeks can really take a toll on your vehicle. Everyone knows how bad cold weather can be for your car, but did you know that extreme heat can actually be worse? The following tips can help protect your car from the extreme heat.
Keep Tires Inflated
Keeping your tires properly inflated is always a best practice. If your tires are underinflated you will not be as fuel efficient as possible and are putting yourself at greater risk of a flat. Extreme heat, like New Jersey in late July, can cause your tires to lose air. Tires should always be inflated to the level the car recommends, usually located on the inside of the door frame or in your owner’s manual. It is a good idea to check your tires more frequently during the summer months to ensure you are not riding around on underinflated tires.
You are going to want to make sure all the liquids in your car are at the proper level throughout the summer. You should ensure transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, radiator fluid, and any other fluids in your car are topped off. You do not want to being putting any added pressure on your engine as it is already working harder than usual in the extreme heat. If you haven’t had an oil change recently it is a great idea to get your oil changed before the summer. Oil is designed to lubricate moving parts in the engine, but it also helps control the temperature in your engine. If your oil is old and in need of a change it could be less effective at doing this. And of course, you will want to make sure your A/C coolant is fresh. If you are in need of A/C coolant it could cause your air conditioning to not work as well as it could, which is the last thing you want in the summer months! You should monitor the fluid levels in your car year round, but the summer months take an extra toll on your engine so it is even more important all fluids are at the proper levels.
Keep It Cool
Keeping your car cool is the best way to beat the heat. If you don’t have one, sunvisors are a great idea. The reflective windshield sun blockers will help your car stay cooler while sitting in the hot sun. They can also protect your interior, particularly the dashboard, from fading due to the direct sunlight. It is also a good idea to keep the windows cracked just a little bit. If you can leave your windows down, even a few inches, it will help keep your interior much cooler. If nothing else, this will make it much more comfortable for you when you get in and are waiting for the air to kick in. Of course, the best way to protect your car’s interior while keeping it cool is to find a nice shady spot to park. If you park in direct sunlight frequently, like every day at work, you could be leaving your car at risk. If you do it often enough the sun can begin to fade exterior paint and your interior. Keeping your car cool in the summer will not only make it easier for you when you get in but actually help protect your vehicle.
No matter what measures you take, the summer months will take a toll on your car. It is important to remember just how hot it is in your car, just minutes of direct sun can cause the interior to be well over 100 degrees. It is important that children and pets never be left in the car, no matter how short or what the temperature is outside.