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Car Tips for the Summer Driver

May 20, 2016
Sweltering temperatures can be brutal for your vehicle, but these tips can help cool things down:
  1. Many people don’t think to roll their car windows down AND have the air running at the same time. I get it—it seems like a waste. However, when you do both within the first few minutes of driving your car, the hot air is forced out faster, allowing cooler air to circulate. In a matter of minutes, the internal air of the vehicle should match the outside temperature, making things a lot more bearable for everyone!
  2. We all know how HOT the steering wheel can get in the summer months. Here’s a trick: Turn the wheel 180 degrees before getting out of the car. That way, the side you normally touch is in the shade and staying cool until you’re ready to drive again.
  3. Stash a few dryer sheets under the seats! Hot temperatures can make for smelly adventures… A little extra deodorization will make a huge difference.
  4. Regularly check your tires! Tires are more prone to blowouts in the summer because drivers are often on scorching roads for longer periods of time. Under-inflated tires are most at risk, since the lack of air pressure puts the tires’ materials under increased strain… but overinflated ones are more likely to hydroplane in a summer rainstorm. Stay ahead of your tread!
  5. Hot temperatures and low coolant levels increase the risk of your engine overheating and your AC working overtime. If you see signs of an overheated engine—temperature gauge rising, warning lights, steam under the hood, etc.—pull over to a safe place, turn off the engine, and wait at least half an hour for it to fully cool down before opening the hood. If your coolant levels are low, topping off the tank should do the trick… but if the tank is empty, you might have a leak and will need backup!
  6. Spending time in the sun is just as bad for your car as it is for you, as sun damage can cause paint and interiors to fade. To prevent this, park in a garage whenever possible and invest in a sunshade. Also, you can just as easily get burned through a car window as you can on a tropical beach. Wear sunscreen while you’re driving if you anticipate being in the sun!