So many drivers are unaware of what makes one type of tire so much better than another. Do you have the tires on your car that will keep you safe when driving in the rain, on hot surfaces or in the snow? My blog is all about choosing the right kind of tires for your driving conditions. You will find out what tread pattern to look for, advice for when to change the tires and even a few tips that can help you extend the life of your tires. Hopefully, you will find everything you need to know to choose the best tires to keep you safe.
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If you've just moved to an area of the country that experiences extreme heat in summer, such as the Southwest, you need to up your game when it comes to protecting your car during the day. The extreme heat can do more than make the inside of your car feel uncomfortably warm; it can do active harm to components in the car. Here are five ways to give your car more protection as the hot summer approaches.
More Than Shade
Parking in the shade might have worked when you lived in cooler climates, but that won't necessarily be enough in your new city. Get a car cover instead. Not only will this protect your car from heat when no shade is available, but it will also keep dust and dirt off the car. These can scratch the paint, which can then start rusting once the heat's over and the rainy season starts up again.
Cover the Seats
You'll have to cover your seats in two ways. One, if you have leather seats, is to ensure they remain well-conditioned. The other way, for all types of seat materials, is to get a removable cover for each seat. Not only are these easy to clean, but they protect the seat material from fading in the sun. Remember, even if you cover the car when it's parked, it will still be exposed to the sun when you drive.
Check That Battery
Extreme heat can dry out your battery and make it lose its charge a lot faster. Get the battery checked at the start of the summer, and take it in a couple of times during the summer to see how it's doing. Since you're used to using that battery in different conditions, you want to be sure that the battery is performing well in the new conditions. You may also want to consider getting the battery replaced with a brand or model that's used frequently in the hotter climate.
Top off Fluids More Frequently
Along with drying out the battery, the heat can make fluids evaporate more quickly. Check windshield wiper fluid, coolant, and other fluids every so often to top them off.
Hot roads are not your tire's friends. If your tires aren't inflated correctly, extra-hot pavement can make the tires overheat and possibly end up with a blowout. If you're not sure how to check tire pressure (if you don't, you're not alone -- this is more common than you may realize), talk to an auto repair shop and have them show you how to check. You can get small tire gauges at most big box and auto parts stores.