Summer in Florida is hot, hot, hot! Although COVID-19 is still at large, people are getting out there and trying to live a normal life again. We can’t speak about what you should and shouldn’t do, although wearing a mask is still a good idea with how much the virus has mutated since the beginning of the year. We’ve all heard about the many ways to keep yourself protected and safe, but what about your car? How do we keep our wheels safe in the summer? Let us help you out with that.
Protection from the Elements
Inside and out, the sun is always going to be a factor in keeping your car well maintained. For most consumers, giving their Mitsubishi a good wash every now and then is enough, but to protect against the sun and keep the paint job crack-free, applying a layer or two of wax to any vehicle after a wash is the smart choice. Some people even buy products made specifically for protecting cars, usually a clear film that protects against dirt, debris, etc that can cause tiny scratches.
Aside from protecting our vehicle, how about our passengers? Sure, most vehicles come with a roof, even if it’s a panoramic sunroof, but the sun can still be a bother, especially anytime before or after high noon when the sun is at an angle. Some vehicles come with sunscreen glass that automatically help keep the cabin from heating up, but if your vehicle doesn’t come with this feature, after-market accessories like sunshades are easy to find. Speaking of which, seat covers for those of us with leather upholstery may be happy to invest in those with how sticky leather can get in the summer.
It’s a good idea. Keeping a vehicle in working condition is one thing but making sure everything is working as well as it should is another. Tires, brake pads, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, all those other fluids, you may need a mechanic to do most of these things. However, you can do a lot on your own to help maintain your car, even if not looking to get a little greasy.
Cleaning out the car is another way to maintain it. No one wants to trudge through a cabin graveyard, but many people seem to just let trash build. Spring cleaning has already passed. If you haven’t cleaned the interior of your vehicle, now is the time to do it. There’s nothing like walking into a vehicle that’s been baking in the sun and a mystery dairy product has filled it with a not-so-new-car smell. Yuck. It’s time to break out the vacuum and maybe a sponge depending on your upholstery.
We talked about after-market accessories like sunshades and seat covers, but how else could we improve a vehicle in the summertime? Always having a cooler in the cabin filled with water and beverages is helpful, especially when more than one person is in the car. If travelling with kids, look into adapting a shower caddy to hang onto the back of the front seats. Fill it with snacks, antibacterial wipes, toys, games, whatever. If you can get creative, you can upgrade the inside of any car for the perfect place to chill in the summer.
What are some of your favorite ways to turn your car into a summer vehicle? Let us know on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.