How to Protect Your Car from the Summer Heat

Just like you protect yourself from the hot summer sun when you go out in the heat, your car should also be protected. The surface of your vehicle, the interior of your vehicle, and even the engine can be forced to work harder when it’s hotter outside. The impending summer season will likely have you Googling “How to protect my car from the summer heat,” and you will get a lot of answers. Here are the primary things you should remember to protect your vehicle in the summer. 

Protect Your Car’s Interior

On a 90-degree day, the interior of your car can reach a staggering 140 degrees if it sits in the sub for just an hour. This excessive temperature can cause a lot of damage to interior components, such as vinyl seats, your car stereo, and your dash. To protect the interior of your vehicle, you should:

Park in the shade whenever possible or use a polarized or reflective sunshade for the windows

  • Leave windows or the sunroof slightly cracked when it’s safe to do so
  • Consider having your windows tinted with a UV-protective tint
  • Keep your car in the garage when you are at home if you have one
  • Use sun-protecting polishes on your dash, vinyl, and other components that could be at risk

Protect Your Car’s Exterior

A car parked in the summer sun takes a direct hit from UV rays, and over time, this can ruin your car’s paint. Plus, the hotter the exterior of the vehicle is, the hotter the interior will grow as the car sits in one place. There are a few good things to do to protect your car’s exterior from the summer sun, and most of them require little effort on your part. Of course, it is best if you park in the shade or in a garage as much as possible. You can also invest in a canvas car cover to slip over your vehicle when it will be parked in the sun for long periods. Other tips include:

  • Keep your car washed and clean; small particles can break down and ruin the paint because they essentially get baked on the surface
  • Wax your car regularly 
  • Consider installing UV protective body film on your car

Protect Your Car’s Engine

Never neglect the fact that your car engine will be working harder in the summer, so it deserves a little extra attention. First and foremost, make sure all fluid levels are topped off and the coolant reservoir is full. Fluids often get lost through evaporation when it is really hot, and low fluid levels can be severely damaging to your engine. Thoroughly check your car’s AC for signs of problems and have them repaired. Take a look at your battery, which can also be affected by the heat, and make sure you see no signs of corrosion around the terminals. If you do, clean them thoroughly to provide a better connection. 

Your car has variant needs according to the season, and summer can bring in a few extra concerns, so use this guide to help you out. Cars 911 has a wide selection of used cars to choose from just for you if your vehicle has been adversely affected by the summer season.