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5 Tips for Summer-Proofing your Car

By Brad Nash

Sun Oct 22 2017

Summer; cruising down coastal roads, sea breeze blowing through your hair, afternoon rays warming your skin and a smooth, carefree drive to your favourite seaside lodge. That’s the dream right?

Unfortunately, if you’re anything like the rest of us, your summer commute looks and feels a little more like this: a scorching 34 degree day spent in stand-still traffic with a broken A/C unit, a car cabin that smells of one too many Music Festivals/Family Camping trips and a peeling paint job courtesy of the Australian sun.

So how do you avoid that summertime sadness? Before you hit the road for your much-needed break, take a look at these handy tips to keep your car fresh and comfortable all season long.

 

1. Get your A/C Checked for Summer

Spares Box Summer Proofing Car Air Conditioning

 

This is essential! Trust me, after spending last summer with no air conditioning in my freshly painted, black car, you don’t want to spend the next 3 months driving with the windows open and sweating bullets. If you think you might have an issue with your air conditioning, we say get it checked now before every auto-electrical garage in town is fully booked. And while you’re at it, you might as well take care of your whole electrical system by stocking up on Cables, Fuses, and Relays.

 

2. Replace your Seat Covers and Floor Mats

Spares Box Summer Proofing Car Floor Mats Seat Covers
Image: Flickr

 

Think of it like bed linen; you’ve got to change it up to keep it fresh.

Summer means sunshine and sunshine means spending more time outdoors, and spending more time outdoors means you’re bound to get things dirty and no one wants to spend hours on the road in a dank and dirty vehicle.

Keeping your interior surfaces protected is vital for extending the life of your vehicle. Chances are your seat cover, floor mats and carpets have bore the brunt of a winter’s worth of mud, rain and dirt, so for a small price you can freshen up your interior and get your upholstery well protected before you hit the road. You can also make sure that your dashboard is protected with one of our Sunland Dash Mats.

 

3. Protect your Interior and avoid the UV Rays

Spares Box Summer Proofing Car Interior Autoglym
Image: Autoglym
 

As the sun heats up, so do the unfriendly UV rays that are out to get your car.

While the Aussie Sun is famous for being able to do some serious damage to your skin (don’t forget to slip, slop, slap!), UV radiation can do a serious number on the interior surfaces of your car.

The vinyl, plastics, rubber and leather that make up your vehicle’s interior are all susceptible to premature ageing as a result of UV exposure, leaving your plastics looking greyed out and making your leather crack and feel dry. Thankfully, a wide variety of interior protectants and leather conditioners are available from the likes of Meguiars and Autoglym to help keep your interior surfaces protected from the elements, meaning your vehicle’s cabin looks fresher for longer. A good sun shade can’t hurt either and it’s well worth the pocket change.

 

4. Slip, Slop and Slap

Spares Box Summer Car Care
Image: Autoglym

 

The outside of your vehicle isn’t just protected by paint. We often forget about the different bits of rubber and plastic trim that slowly start to grey and age under the harsh Australian sun. When you’re giving your car a wash, wax and polish, be sure to use a good bumper and trim gel to keep your vehicle’s exterior plastics looking new as well as protect them from UV radiation. Being made of rubber, your tyres also need similar treatment from a good tyre cleaner to keep from cracking, ageing and having their performance diminished as they’re exposed to the sun’s harsh rays.

 

5. Check your Filters

 

5 Summer Tips Filters
Image: MANN Filter

 

When the temperature rises, so does the pollen count. And as more vehicles hit the road, the amount of harmful gases and road dust being thrown into the air increases. This can get into your engine and vehicle cabin doing potential damage to both you and your car. Keep you, your passengers and your engine safe by taking a look at your vehicle’s engine air filter and cabin air filter, replacing them if necessary with quality brands like RycoMANN, and K&N to keep everyone breathing healthy. You may also want to check your hoses, bushes, and engine-cooling components. We offer a huge range of the beloved Mackay Rubber hoses and products.

There you have it. You can live the summer dream and not break the bank. These simple tips really do help and if you have any questions on how to do any of this, just Ask Sparesbox!