Kathleen Newt/ June 1, 2017/ Automotive Cars

Spring is here and that means longer days and warmer weather. If you live in an area where winter is a real thing (and not in places like Florida where winter basically means a drop-in temp below 65 degrees) then you are probably welcoming this weather change with wide open arms, especially if you own a car.

Many people (myself included) tend to ignore the maintenance and well-being of something we put our lives into each and every day. Winter can be incredibly brutal on your car with the snow, salt, and just overall unbearable conditions in general. Rocks brought up by the salt and damage to the road can create dents, snow left unattended on your hood can cause paint damage, and tires usually need to be replaced immediately depending on the severity of the weather.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that summer can have just adverse effects as winter does. Here are some quick tips to keeping your car in tip-top shape this summer.

  1. Avoid prolonged exposure to sun. If you have a garage, use it. If you don’t try and find a shaded area on your street. Remember, the sun is stronger this time of year.
  2. Use a sun shade especially if you have leather seats. Sun shades cost about $10 and can literally save your leather seats and keep your hands away from 3rd degree burns from a piping hot steering wheel.
  3. Wash it often. Lady bugs and just about any bug can cause incredibly paint damage. Take it to a quick drive-through car wash if you happen to drive through a swarm of bugs or get rained on by some birds.
  4. Check your engine. Hot weather can also have damaging affects to engines. Keep an eye on the “check engine” light and if you see it come on, get it looked at ASAP. Don’t want until you’re stuck on the side of the road, melting in the sun along with your car’s exterior.

Additionally, while you are taking these precautions to make sure your car is in working order, make sure you are as well.

  1. Make sure your license and registration is up to date.
  2. Get your eyes checked (or at least make sure your glasses or contacts are the right prescription level.
  3. Pay any outstanding tickets or infractions and clean up that driving record!
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