Tips to Prepare Your Car for the Summer Heat

June 15th, 2023 by


Summer is finally on the horizon, and you know what that means. The cold fronts this year might finally come to an end, leading to sunny skies in the sunshine state…well, unless you count the fickle thunderstorms that happen now and then. Regardless, it’s the perfect time to start planning weekend getaways or just a day at the beach. Even though modern cars are pretty resilient, there are still plenty of things consumers can do to protect it from the natural elements of the sun and sand. Here are a few tips for taking care of your car this summer.

Maintain and Prep

Maintaining a car is always a good idea. Keeping the tires filled with air, the car clean and waxed to protect the paint, oil changes, even making sure the brake pads haven’t eroded away are all things to check when going in for routine maintenance. Even though we don’t get much snow in South Florida, the car runs differently depending on the season, so be sure to get your car checked out and tuned up for the hotter weather.

When going to the beach, there are many more elements to worry about. Sand, salty air, plus the sun can damage a vehicle fast. If ever going to the beach and plan on washing the car, be sure to rinse first. Any debris or sand still on the car can scratch away the paint if pushed around with a towel. Add a coat of wax to help protect against sun damage and keep the paint job looking brilliant. Investing in some all-weather mats and even some seat covers will also help with all the sand and damp clothes coming into the car after a long day at the beach. It sure makes cleaning up the interior a lot easier than digging around every crevice and trying to get a vacuum under the seats.

Sun-Protective Car Interiors

Another great investment for the changing seasons is to get a new car. Many new Kia models come with solar control glass. Better than just tinted windows, the glass on the front and rear windows are made to keep the car from heating up a little too much. Coupled with the acoustic windshield and front door glass models may come with, cruising down the highway has never been a more enjoyable experience. An affordable option for consumers not in the market for a new car is still possible.

For keeping the interior at a nice temperature, look into sun visors or shades that can be put up against the windshield. These can keep the center console, steering wheel, and front seats from getting too hot to touch on really warm days. Plus, there are plenty of interesting designs out there, not just the large roll of tinfoil that used to be the only option. Has anyone seen the Han Solo and Chewie in the cockpit? That’s sure to get a couple laughs. Just remember, there’s no warp speed, even when on the highway.

Hopefully these tips will help you prepare your car for the summer. If you have any other ideas, be sure to share them with us on Miami Lakes Automall social media. If in the market for a new car, you can find a new Kia at Miami Lakes Automall today.

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