With summer’s high temperatures, flurries of dust and dirt, and occasional rain your vehicle can go through a lot in a span of months, taking a toll on your vehicle’s most important systems. With these essential services, though, you can better prepare your car and help it run smoothly and safely through summer.
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. Before hitting the road, make sure you apply these tips in taking care of your vehicle especially during this summer.
Professional Inspection and Maintenance
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 better. Basic inspections cover checking your engine performance as well.
You can also ask them to check your 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.
By having your vehicle inspected, you can know its condition more than just what meets the eye. You will have an idea on how the engine works and whether it is prepared for the summer heat or needs some maintenance done before a road trip. Did you know that one of the main problems of cars during the summer 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.
At the same time, you and your mechanic should also check the condition of your wiper blades, pollen filter (car cabin) and air filters and have the replaced 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 20p piece upside down in the tread. If the tire treads are worn out, you have to change tires as soon as possible.
Professional car tinting
The summertime is generally warmer, which is basically why it would be best for car owners to have their vehicles tinted during this season. 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.
More importantly, the heat of the summer’s sun poses more threat to drivers and passengers more compared to other climates. 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. Car window tinting effectively reduces, blocks and absorbs sunlight, which contains the harmful UV rays that do damage to your eyes, skin and immune system. Some of the films used in car window tinting filter out at least 80% of the UV rays from the sun. Car window tints also shield your eyes and prevent glare from all sources of extreme and blinding light. By installing car tints, you not only give your eyes some extra protection from the UV rays, you also protect the other passengers inside the vehicle from possible road accidents because of the sun’s brightness and rays.
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.