How To Protect Your Car From Heat and Harmful UV Damage

choosing a car | How To Protect Your Car From Heat and Harmful UV Damage | We are all aware that vehicles require a ridiculous amount of maintenance to stay in shape and postpone major breakdowns. And we all have a pretty good idea what we need to do to keep them that way – changing the fluids, making sure the tires are inflated, and keeping the battery healthy make the top of this list.

However, while focusing on these small tasks, we often fail to recognize some other much more obvious and glaring problems like the amount of damage inflicted by sun and heat. Let’s take a look at a couple of tips that should help you keep this major threat at bay.

Park the car in the shade

Yes, we are perfectly aware that if you are living in a bigger city, finding a parking place is a tall order even in itself. Finding the one in the shade sometimes seems nearly impossible. But, if you are going to keep the car parked for a longer period of time (let’s say a couple of hours or a couple of days), spending a few more minutes to check nearby streets shouldn’t be that huge of a problem. Take this into account in advance and start your trip 10-15 minutes earlier, so you have enough time to spare on this.

Protect the car interior

The vehicle’s body isn’t the only part suffering from extensive sun and heat. Throw plastic and rubber materials, condensed air, and high temperatures into the mix, and you will see that the car interior can also sustain quite a lot of damage in this deal. How do you protect it? For a start, get yourself a good old windshield sunscreen that will keep the control panel safe from the damaging effects of the UV-rays. If you can, you can install side-screens as well. The plastic surfaces should be protected with some commercial restoration products. Also, it would be a good idea to install the seat covers to keep the leather cool.

Consider applying a ceramic coating

Car detailing is one of the most popular ways of protecting the car from damage while keeping the surface shiny, polished, and beautiful. One of the most popular methods of achieving these results is waxing that keeps the car protected for a good couple of months. However, we advise that you go all the way in and apply a much stronger layer of protection and resort to DIY ceramic coating. This way, you will get a long-lasting (let’s say two years) and an easy-to-clean polished protective layer that has no problem keeping the surface safe from water, sun, and physical damage.

Keep the car clean and shiny

Dirty vehicles are covered with a lot of different contaminants that gradually eat away the color and damage the surface of the body. That is a big problem even if you take away the damaging effects of the sun out of the equation. When exposed to the damaging UV rays, all these problems only become worse. Take, for instance, the bird droppings that are highly acidic and go haywire at high temperatures. Also, the UV rays can cause the breakdown of paint molecules. When they cool off, the dirt particles and grime can become permanently embedded into the body. So, take cleaning very seriously.

Regularly check the tire pressure

You are probably aware that tires lose some pressure due to permeation as time goes by. The second most common reason for deflation is the low temperature. For every 10-degree drop in temperature, your tires will lose 1 lb. of pressure. So, how does high-temperature factor into this story? Well, when the roads are too hot, your car won’t be able to properly detect tire deflation which can cause a lot of trouble in critical situations. Also, high temperatures can cause over-inflation and eventual blowout. You can prevent both these problems by simply performing regular pressure checks.

Make sure the things are healthy under the hood

Last but not least, we should mention that every vehicle is operated by a number of fragile systems that – yes, you’ve guessed it – don’t quite know how to deal with excessive heat. Here is the shortlist of the most important things you pay attention to:

  • Fluids – High temperatures cause fluids to gradually dry and evaporate. So, keep a close eye on transmission fluid, motor oil, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.
  • Cooling system – This essential system prevents the motor from overheating, so it is imperative to keep it running during hot summer months. Start by changing the belts and coolant fluids according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Battery – High accessory loads (e.g., air-conditioning) combined with high temperatures cause the battery to drain quicker than usual. Always keep a charging system in the trunk so you can deal with sudden malfunctions.

We hope these few tips gave you some idea about the ways you can use to keep your care safe and healthy during hotter periods of the year. Although some other dangers may have more immediate effects, your car is, after all, constantly exposed to the sun, so this threat should not be neglected. Now, you at least know what you can do about it.