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Beat the Heat: 6 Tips for Protecting Your Car in High Temps

Beat the Heat: 6 Tips for Protecting Your Car in High Temps

As the summer temperatures soar, your car faces unique challenges that can affect its performance and longevity. A heatwave can be tough on vehicles, leading to potential breakdowns and costly repairs. To help you navigate this hot season, we’ve compiled a list of best practices for keeping your car in top shape during a heatwave – including a comprehensive auto insurance policy! 

 

1. Check Your Fluids Regularly

 

High temperatures can cause your car’s fluids to evaporate more quickly. Make sure to: 

 

  • Engine Oil: Check the oil level and top it off if necessary. Consider using a high-mileage or synthetic oil designed for high-temperature environments. 

 

  • Coolant: Ensure your coolant is at the appropriate level and consider flushing the system if it hasn’t been done recently. 

 

  • Brake Fluid: Verify that your brake fluid is at the correct level to maintain proper braking performance. 

 

  • Transmission Fluid: Inspect and maintain the correct level to ensure smooth gear shifts. 

 

2. Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure

 

Hot weather causes the air in your tires to expand, which can lead to overinflation or, conversely, underinflation if there’s a slow leak. Check your tire pressure regularly, ideally when the tires are cool. Refer to your vehicle’s manual for the recommended pressure levels. 

 

3. Protect Your Battery

Heat can significantly reduce your battery’s lifespan. To avoid unexpected battery failure: 

 

  • Inspect: Check the battery for corrosion and clean the terminals if necessary. 

 

  • Test: Have your battery tested to ensure it’s holding a charge properly. 

 

  • Shade: Park in shaded areas whenever possible to keep the engine bay cooler. 

 

4. Safeguard Your Interior

 

The sun’s UV rays can damage your car’s interior, leading to faded upholstery and cracked dashboards. To protect the interior: 

 

  • Sunshades: Use sunshades on your windshield to block direct sunlight. 

 

  • Window Tinting: Consider tinting your windows to reduce glare and heat build-up. 

 

  • Seat Covers: Invest in seat covers to protect and extend the life of your upholstery. 

 

5. Monitor Your Air Conditioning

 

Your car’s air conditioning system works overtime during a heatwave. To ensure it’s performing optimally: 

 

  • Refrigerant Levels: Check and recharge refrigerant levels if necessary. 

 

  • Cabin Air Filter: Replace the cabin air filter to ensure clean and efficient airflow. 

 

  • Inspection: Have a professional inspect the system for any leaks or issues. 

 

6. Plan Your Trips Wisely

 

During a heatwave, try to: 

 

  • Time Your Drives: Drive during cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. 

 

  • Avoid Heavy Traffic: Plan routes to avoid getting stuck in traffic, which can overheat your engine. 

 

  • Rest Stops: Take breaks on long trips to give your car a chance to cool down. 

 

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Taking these 6 steps can help ensure that your car runs smoothly and efficiently even in the warmest summer temps. Regular maintenance and a few precautionary measures can prevent many common issues associated with high temperatures. If unexpected accidents and/or repairs do come up, having the right auto insurance will help to keep costs low and get your car back on the road in less time. Stay cool out there! 

 

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