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10 Tips for Hot Cars in the Summer

10 Tips for Hot Cars in the Summer

Hot cars are one of the miseries of summer, especially in the southern states, but allowing your car to get too overheated can be dangerous to you, your passengers, and the life and efficiency of your vehicle. Follow these 10 tips to keep your car cool and comfortable despite the outside temperatures.

  1. Park in the shade to keep your car from heating up in direct sunlight.
  2. Expel hot air quickly after starting your car by rolling down the windows and turning the A/C fans on high. This will push the hot air out quickly and regulate the temperature with the air outside, making it easier for your car to cool down.
  3. To prevent a hot steering wheel that might burn your hands, turn the steering wheel sharply to one side when you park so that the part you have to hold later won’t be the part that’s been sitting in direct sunlight.
  4. Summers are the most common time for tire blowouts, so be sure to check your tire pressure often. Hot temperatures will cause the air in your tire to expand, then contract in the evening when the air becomes cooler. Maintaining good tire pressure will also increase your fuel economy. Don’t forget to check the pressure in your spare tire as well.
  5. Check your car’s fluids regularly and keep your coolant, also called antifreeze, topped off to prevent your engine from overheating. Now might be the time for an oil change. Check your owner’s manual to find out where to find the reservoir for these, and how often they should be changed.
  6. Never leave young children or pets alone in a hot car unattended! Temperatures rise quickly in cars and can exceed the outside temperatures, making your car a very dangerous place to be, even if only for a few minutes.
  7. If your car has leather seats that heat up easily, keep a towel or blanket handy to sit on or to shield the leather from direct sunlight while you’re parked.
  8. Invest in a reflective sun shade to place in your car’s windshield when you’re not driving.
  9. Maintain your car’s Air Conditioning system. If your car isn’t cooling down even with the A/C on at full blast, you may have a Freon leak, which is bad for your car and the environment. Have your air conditioner checked during your next maintenance appointment.
  10. Schedule regular service and maintenance for your car to ensure it is running at its best. For preventative maintenance and servicing in the Wilmington, NC area, call Performance Auto Specialists today at 910-343-1650.
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