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July 01, 2018 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/download2018-07-02-1456.jpgYou know that feeling, when you sit in your car after its been out in the sun all day? You can’t get the A/C cranked fast enough. If its uncomfortable for you, imagine what it could be doing to your car. Here are four tips to help keep your car safe in the sun.

First, shade is your friend. Even if it means a longer walk to where you’re going, park in the shade to reduce the amount of direct exposure your car gets to the sun. Think about it like this: If it’s 80 degrees outside, temperatures in an unshaded car can near 130 degrees. And if the mercury creeps up to 100? The internal temperature in your car can go north of 170 degrees. In addition, avoid washing your car in direct sunlight and wash your car frequently, as this will keep buildups of dirt and road matter from scratching your finish and paint.

Second, it’s great to wash your car frequently, but it might not be enough. When you add a thorough waxing to your car detailing routine, you’re going a long way toward protecting your car from the sun’s harmful rays. Not only are you getting rid of the dirt and debris that can scratch your car’s exterior, you’re creating a barrier between the sun and your finish. Those with darker color paint jobs and plastic components on the outside of their cars should be extra careful as the sun can fade dark paints and damage plastics quickly. Remember top wipe down and treat your dashboard, too, as it sits in direct sunlight and can fade quickly.

Third, especially if you have leather or PVC seats, either regularly treat them with a product designed for leather or PVC, or put seat covers in your car. Much like dark colored paint, dark colored leather seats are especially prone to fading when exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. Leather is actually chock full of natural oils that protect it, but can be dried out by the sun, causing fading and cracking. Even if you have synthetic seats, consider covering them, especially if they’re dark.

Finally, the sun can be causing damage you can’t even see. It’s crucial to check your fluid levels regularly to keep your car from overheating, and pay attention to your vehicle’s warning lights. Keep a close eye on your tire pressure. High temperatures and rubber make for a dangerous combination, especially given summer’s busier roads.

If you have a few spare minutes, it never hurts to take a quick walk around your car. A little prevention can go a long way toward protecting your vehicle from the sun this year.

           

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