There’s no season better suited for long road trips and family adventures than summer. In order to make sure your vehicle is ready there are some precautions you should take. The high temperatures combined with dust, dirt and occasional rain can really take their toll on your car, so why not be prepared?
There’s no better time to thoroughly clean your car than the beginning of summer and because of that we’ve prepared a few tips and tricks to help you out.
Carefully look through your car
Although it might sound fairly straightforward, doing a quick inspection of your car can save you plenty of trouble. Start by taking a look at the outside of your vehicle. The cold winter months can easily cause damage if it isn’t caught early enough. Carefully inspect the body and undercarriage for any spots of rust, although unlikely, it’s better to be safe than sorry. After you’re done, give the outside of your car a good wash to take off any salt and dirt that’s stuck before they get a chance to corrode.
Before you’re finished with this step, make sure to take a look at your windscreen wipers and any other rubber seals and components for any wear and tear. If you notice any damages, simply replace them and you’re good to go.
Wash the outside of your car
Properly cleaning your car takes more than just putting soap on an old washcloth and slathering it on. Your car’s exterior, just like the interior, is usually more delicate than it may seem. The washing liquid you’re using and the material of the cloth could actually be doing more harm than good. To make sure no damage will be done, use a microfiber cloth and the correct washing liquid.
Another good tip to remember is to park your car away from direct sunlight while washing it. Although it might seem logical to keep it in the sun so it dries off quicker, in reality the harsh sun rays can cause unwanted streaks to appear.
Clean the interior of your car
Just because most people only see the outside of your car, doesn’t mean that the interior isn’t just as important. After all, that’s where you’ll be spending a big portion of your time during your summer trips. All of the sand, dirt and dust you bring inside can cause some serious damage to your interior if you’re not careful. This is exactly why routinely vacuuming the interior of your car is crucial during summer. Remember to always start from top to bottom. Clean out any crumbs and dust that might be stuck in your seats and slowly move your way down to the carpet. To make things even easier, take out your floor mats, wash them and let them dry out before putting them back in.
After you’re done vacuuming, it’s time to thoroughly clean your car’s upholstery. Choose your cleaning product, rub it into the seats with a sponge or microfiber cloth using a circular motion and let it sit for a while. If you’re not sure what type of product to use, make sure to contact an expert to avoid causing any unnecessary damages.
Check your tires
The warm summer weather makes the air inside of your tires expand, which increases the chances for a blowout to occur. In order to avoid this and keep safe, it’s a good idea to regularly check your tire pressure. If you’re not sure what the right pressure leven is, make sure to check your car specifications.
A good thing to note is that the number on your tire’s sidewall isn’t the level you should be aiming for, but instead the maximum inflation pressure your tires can take. If you’re worried about doing this on your own, take a trip to your local auto repair shop and ask them for assistance.
Park in the shade
With the temperatures constantly rising during the summer months, it’s always a good idea to park your car in the shade when possible. Prolonged direct exposure to sunlight can damage the exterior and paint of your car. Furthermore, if your car has a leather interior, sitting inside of it after leaving it in the sun for a few hours can be nearly impossible. Investing in window shades might be a good alternative if you can’t find shady parking spots.
Just like in the winter, your vehicle requires maintenance during summer as well. Follow our easy tips to ensure your car stays in optimal condition throughout the sunny season.