With the rough conditions of winter behind us for the time being, there are the weather considerations for spring and summer to worry about. Both of these seasons provide their unique issues to contend with when out driving, and knowing some tips for protecting your car against bad weather can save you some repair expenses. There are two primary factors to consider when driving in the spring and summer: hot weather and rainy conditions.
For the Rain
The spring is known for its rain showers, and while it is an essential part of rejuvenating the plant life after winter, it can pose a problem to motorists on the road.
If you haven’t switched out your wipers since before the winter, then it is time to do so. They tend to wear out during the winter months, which leaves them unsuitable for dealing with the constant rain of spring. Instead of clearing your view, old wipers can leave streaks of water on your windshield that will distract you more than help you.
Tires also suffer from the harsher environment of winter, and they can be significantly more worn-out than they were before winter. Ensure that you have tires that have a deep tread depth to keep your car on the road. A common issue when old tires meet rain-covered roads is hydroplaning. While there are ways to maintain control of your vehicle during hydroplaning, it is much safer to eliminate the problem by getting fresh tires.
For the Heat
Summer brings intense heatwaves that can cause damage to the outside and inside of your vehicle. Take the necessary steps to prevent any permanent or expensive repair costs.
Protect the Exterior
The summer sun constantly beating down on your car can have a negative effect on your car’s exterior. Whether it be the paint or the stability of the tires, you need to find a way to cover your car from the rays of the sun. If you do not have access to a garage, then you need to either consistently park in the shade or invest in a car cover. Shielding your car from sun rays can prevent the deterioration of surfaces.
Protect the Interior
While direct sunlight can be a problem, you must also deal with the constant heat. Leaving the windows up in your car will turn it into an oven, reaching internal temperatures that can severely damage the internal components of your cabin. Open your windows enough to let the hot air vent while your car sits outside; this will drastically reduce temperatures and keep everything inside your car cool.
Take Care of Your Vehicle
Protecting your car against bad weather can keep it running for longer and decrease the risk of essential components from breaking down due to deterioration. Don’t neglect the routine care it will take to keep your car running and keep you and your passengers safe.