Tips for Protecting Your Car in the Summer


Oh, this summer already feels like a scorcher doesn’t it? This month, June 2019, is the beginning of summer and anyone outside for more than a few minutes is already sweating. If that’s true, then just think about our poor cars. They can suffer some serious sun damage and get worn down a lot quicker with the elements of the warm weather. Luckily, there are a number of things a driver can do to protect their vehicle in the summer.

Standard Maintenance

Nothing like a little routine maintenance to make sure everything is looking good. Do the tires have enough tread should the roads become wet or difficult to drive? How about the brake pads? These are components we hardly think about when getting an oil change. Nothing like a little tune-up to make sure the car is ready to perform this summer.

Now to keep it protected. Although rinsing a car off as soon as possible after a trip to the beach or a little mudding is a good practice, washing a car before it gets dirty is also a smart way to go. Making sure a car is clean is also the first step to take before sealing in all its automotive goodness. After a car wash, applying a coat of wax to a car can help protect it from the sun and keep the paint job looking fresh. For extra protection, look for spray-on film products at the local auto shop to protect your car from scrape and small debris.

How to Stay Cool

Unless your car comes with sunscreen glass, then getting the windows tinted is the next best way to keep the cabin from heating up. Investing in a sunshade will also be helpful, placed along the windshield of a vehicle to offer an increased level of sun protection for the interior. This will help keep the center console, front seats, and steering wheel from getting too hot to the touch. Nothing like playing hot potato in the parking lot.

While on the topic of protecting the interior from the heat, keeping it clean is also a challenge during all the summer activities we all enjoy. One good way to help keep the cabin clean is to outfit the floors with all-weather floor mats. They’re easy to clean and can catch most of the dirt and debris passengers will track into the vehicle. Seat covers can also help keep the cabin clean as well as comfortable when it comes to leather upholstery in the summertime.

Worst case scenario – keep plenty of bottles of water always on hand and some fresh towels. Not only is it a great way to stay hydrated, but a wet towel can help clean away sand, dirt, even mud before entering a vehicle. Why take the risk? It’s better to be prepared.

It can be a rough time keeping one’s car in good shape during the summer, but in the end, it’s all worth it to keep a vehicle looking good and in great condition. Have any tips for keeping the car protected this summer? Let us know on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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