How to Protect Your Car from the Summer Sun

The summer sun and heat can be very damaging to your vehicle. Interior air temperatures can rise up to over 140° F, while interior surface temperatures can exceed 190° F. Protect your car from the sun’s harmful effects by taking a few extra precautions this summer.

Protecting the interior

  • Park in the shade when possible. This will help keep your dashboard from drying out and cracking. Keep the windows open a crack to help lower the interior temperature.
  • Use a sun protector for your windshield. This will keep the direct sunlight off your dash and keep the temperature lower inside.
  • Use seat covers. They will keep your seats cool, while also protecting the leather or fabric.
  • Use a conditioner to protect leather seats from cracking and tearing.

Protecting the exterior

  • Keep your vehicle clean by washing and drying it often. The sun can fade and crack the paint. By washing it frequently, it will help to remove dirt and debris that can cause scratches and dull the finish.
  • Add a layer of wax to protect the paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays on a regular basis.
  • Check your tire pressure every time you fill up with gas. Under inflated tires and hot pavement can be a dangerous combination and may lead to a blowout. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the correct tire pressure.

If you're looking for a new vehicle this summer, stop into Hometown Auto at one of our convenient locations in High Point or Winston-Salem. Our automotive experts can help you find the right car at the right price. We can also take care of all your service needs after purchase.