Summer is here!

This means higher temperatures are greeting us as we walk out the door for work or play! Lots of LA residents, work a 9 to 5 in an AC’d office and sometimes don’t notice heatwaves going on outside. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at 80 degrees on a sunny day, after just 20 minutes, the temperature inside a car is 109 degrees. After 40 minutes, it can reach 118 degrees. After an hour has elapsed, the inside temperature of a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 and 172 degrees.

Did you know that according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) California is on the list of states in the U.S. to likely experience summer temperatures above average this year? We can’t stop summer from summerin’ but the team at Ford Motor Company have some tips below that are sure to help protect your car from the sizzlin’ temps!

Hot Weather Tips

  • Protect your car by washing it. Dry your car thoroughly. Although some owners just hop into the car immediately after washing and skip drying, this is not best for your car’s appearance. Drying your car with a cotton rag or chamois protects your car’s paint from minerals left behind by water evaporation.
  • Invest in paint protection and keep wax on the exterior of the car.Like other auto detailing options, the paint protection film can be a do-it-yourself project, or a service purchased from an area auto-body store. No car – foreign or domestic – is immune from the damaging effects of the sun, but any car will benefit from a regular maintenance routine. Heat can cause the paint on a car to fade and eventually ruin the pain job on the entire car, especially the hood, roof and truck of the car.
  • Park in the shade.Or use a sun shade! It is the easiest form of protection. By avoiding direct sunlight, you’ll help keep your dash from drying and cracking. If it is safe to do so, crack the windows to help lower the interior temperature and equalize the air pressure.
  • Wipe dash with a microfiber cloth.Dust and dirt can cause tiny scratches that can become worse over time. Wipe down the dash frequently to remove all particles. A low-gloss detailing product will also protect it and reduce glare.
  • Install seat covers.And use leather conditioner on the inside of your car. They not only protect leather and fabric seats, but they also help keep them cool. Extreme heat can cause leather seats to crack and fade.
  • Check fluid levels. Coolant is especially important so that your car does not overheat in these summer months.
  • Monitor tire pressure. Tires actually expand in the heat, making them susceptible to blow outs, so monitoring the pressure with ensure that your vehicle does not suffer from any issues.
  • Check your battery. Excessive heat can shorten the life of a battery, so replace your battery before it’s too late and too hot.
  • Replace windshield wipers and washer solution. While this may seem like a tip specifically for winter weather, windshield wipers still need to be replaced twice a year, in winter and summer. This is also important in summer when driving frequently or taking long road trips, to ensure you can wipe dirt and bugs off your windshield without smearing them across your line of vision.

Comments

  • Your suggestion to install seat covers was very helpful. If you install seat covers, that can protect the seats against weather changes like you mentioned. If possible, getting seat covers similar to the style and color of the original seats may be a good idea.

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