How to Prepare Your Car for the Summertime (Infographic)

More than your skin and hair, the sun can also pose a threat to your vehicle, especially when exposed under direct sunlight over a long period or time, with little or no protection. While you have got your perfect tan for all the chilling you made at the beach, or from your long road trips, did you know that the heat of the summer sun affects–and potentially damage your car too?

How to Prepare Your Car for the Summertime

Make sure your ACs and cooling systems can combat the heat

Many consider their car’s air conditioning unit a saving grace during the summer. To make sure it runs with little to no problem at all during a summer road trip, it is better to check up on its condition once in a while. Have the system examined by a qualified technician.

One of the most common causes of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months, especially as preparation before a long summer road trip. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically.

Inspect filters, wipers, lights, and tires

Check the condition of your wiper blades, pollen filter (car cabin) and air filters. Replace them if necessary. This will improve the vehicle’s performance and efficiency. Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs; periodically clean dirt and insects from all lenses. Assess the air pressure of your tires and make sure there are no bulges and holes. The tires should have a good amount of tread left. The easiest way to measure this, if you don’t have a gauge, is to hold a quarter upside down in the tread. If the tire treads are worn out, you have to change tires as soon as possible.

Schedule an appointment with your trusted mechanic

One of the easiest ways of preparing for summer is scheduling a check up with your trusted mechanic. Professionals will perform basic maintenance on your vehicle before you head out such as checking wipers and fluid levels. They can also do as oil changes or tune ups that will make the condition of your vehicle only better. Basic inspections cover checking your engine performance as well.

You can also ask them to check you brakes and batteries too. While you’re at it, air out any concerns or questions that you may have noticed or experienced when driving. Nobody knows your car better that you, of course.

Summer is the best time to have your cars tinted!

Many people actually want their cars be tinted come summertime to have access to tinting’s benefits to its passengers: lessen or get rid of the sun’s glare, keep the vehicle cooler and protect the interiors from premature deterioration caused by the sun.

The heat and UV rays doesn’t only endanger your skin but can also affect your car’s interior. These rays mixed with the high temperature can cause the interior upholstery of your car to fade faster, making it look older than it is.

At the same time, the wood trim and dashboard can also suffer from the heat too! It can cause the wood to fade. Plastic parts of the interior can also succumb to the heat and have cracks.
Car tint keeps your car interior from heat that can damage it from warping, fading, or cracking. It blocks 90% or more of harmful UV rays while also significantly reducing heat. By installing it to your windows, you prevent your car’s interior from deteriorating at a much faster pace.

The summertime is generally warmer, which is actually a plus for car tinting. According to experts, the higher the temperature is, the tint will dry down and “cure” faster naturally. But, as the humidity also rises, it can compromise the actual application of the films. High humidity can effect the way tint adheres to glass better, and drying faster at the same time.