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Everyone knows that the sun gives off harmful UV rays that damage our skin. Did you also know that UV rays can damage your car too? Here are 8 ways to protect your car from hot weather.
1. Use a Windshield Sun Shade
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Too much sun will damage your dashboard and steering wheel. This is especially the case if they are covered with leather. To protect the interior of your car, use a windshield sun shade to reduce the heat that's beaming down. You may also choose to use one for your rear windshield.
2. Consider Tinted Windows
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You could consider tinting your windows as an option, if you frequently park your car in the sun. Your front windshield and two front-side windows should allow 70% of light through, while the rear windows and rear passenger windows require at least 25%. Do also note that front windshield tint shouldn't obstruct the IU transactions for ERPs.
3. Park in the Shade
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Park your car in an indoor carpark or shady spot whenever possible. This is the best way to protect your car's paintwork and reduce heat damage to your car's interior.
4. Check Your Tyre Pressure Monthly
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When you're constantly driving in hot weather, your tyres tend to inflate due to the rising temperature. Furthermore, when your inflated tyres come into contact with the hot road surface, the added friction combined with high speeds will cause your tyres to blowout more easily That is why you need to perform checks on your tyre pressure at least once a month to ensure they are inflated correctly.
5. Keep Your Car Interior Clean
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Dust and dirt, combined with the heat, can fade and damage your car's interior. To protect your interior components and upholstery, conduct regular cleaning to prevent potential damages. Remember to use cleaning products that are intended for automobile use. Other alternatives you may use include coffee filter or olive oil.
6. Invest in Paint Protection Films
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To protect your car exterior from sun damage, you may consider investing in a paint protection films. Fret not, these films won't interfere with the beauty of your car. These ‘invisible shields’ can also protect your car from dust, dirt, moisture, minor dents and scratches.
7. Wax On, Wax Off
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Buff your car with protective wax to give your vehicle an added shine. Aesthetics aside, waxing also gives your car an extra layer of protection from the sun's rays.
8. Check Your Coolant Regularly
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Fluids in your car get used up faster in hot weather conditions. To prevent your car from overheating, remember to top up your coolant when necessary. Do note that you shouldn't open the coolant cap when the car is still running. The cap will be hot and might burn your hand.
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