Each season brings with it a number of different challenges; winter comes with colder weather and wetter roads, while summer blazes through with sizzling temperatures that can often making driving uncomfortable. Prepare yourself for the summer challenges ahead by taking note of these top car protection tips.
Pay a visit to your local car service centre to ensure every part of your car is in good nick and ready for the heat. Keep an eye out for your car battery, as its strength can decrease as temperatures get higher.
Outside temperatures exceeding 35 degrees celsius combined with the heat under the hood can also quicken the corrosion of car batteries.
Inspections and regular maintenance can really help you to get the most out of your battery so make sure to have a car service professional give it the once over before summer swings by.
Coolant should also be a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze during summer, but you don't have to worry too much about getting this ration exactly right with premixed coolant also available.
If you don't have a garage, consider purchasing a car awning to provide coverage. Some varieties offer a silver-coated sunroof to reflect heat.
Some retailers sell specialised baby shades to reduce UV rays on your kids, while additional shades can also be purchased to cover your other passenger and rear windows. Think about also getting a shade for your windscreen to pop onto your car to protect your interior while you're out running errands.
The Cancer Council Australia also offers an automotive window film with a UPF rating of 50+ which they say delivers "the highest protection available" against the sun's UV rays. The window film has patented technology that decreases your risk of skin cancer and premature skin ageing.
It is available in both tinted (UV Shield) or clear (UV Clear) window film options with benefits including reduced glare, heat and fading of car interiors.
A simple solution to this problem is to purchase seat covers! This will help to protect them from the sun's damaging rays, while also preventing hot, sticky seats. If you can't bear the thought of covering up your leather, then make sure to condition them regularly during summer.
This will help to loosen up stiff leather and prevent cracks and tears in your upholstery. A simple spray and wipe should help to keep your seats in tip top shape.