As much fun as it is to ride around in your car with all your friends, blazing music, in the summer, your car can actually provide plenty of annoyances. As the weather heats up, so does your car, and it’s an ever-present problem of staying cool both in and outside of your ride. But what if we told you this was a good thing? And what if we told you it didn’t have to be like that. Intrigued? You should be. Click forward for these Car Hacks for Surviving Summer.
1. CHANGE THE OIL
An oil change helps your engine combat the increased summer temperatures. Consider switching to full synthetic oil if you haven’t already. Full synthetic oil is less likely to breakdown at high temperatures.
2. NO IFS, ANDS OR BURNT BOTTOMS
One of the worst feelings ever is hopping into your car with shorts and… OUCH! The hot seats give your leg and butt a nice little sear. Here’s one tip that’ll keep the burning to a minimum! The What: Cover seats with blankets. Better results when light colored blankets are used. The How: Pretty self-explanatory… but cover all seats with blankets in order to keep direct sun off of them. Refrain from using black or dark coloured blankets as these will only attract the sun. This will be a big help in keeping your seats a bit cooler.
3. SUNSHADE IT IS!
This isn’t really a trick, but it’s your first line of defense against the sun. Look for one with a metallic material that reflects the sun out of the car.
4. Keep it Cool
Most new cars have fairly reliable A/C systems, but older cars may need a recharge before the hot summer starts. At the very least, having a technician give the system a once-over can help prevent future problems. Keeping it cool also refers to coolant — keeping an eye on your engine’s cooling system could help you avoid overheating.
Apart from damaging the paint, the sun will get the interior very hot as well. Specially if you have leather seats or black seats, it will become really hot. If your car has been parked under the sun for a while, open the doors and let it cool a little before you get in. Sometimes even breathing gets difficult if the car has been left under the sun for long.