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The summer is a great time to be out on the road – the better weather brings on more things to do, places to go and people to see. However, just as we need to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays, our cars can be affected as well. Both inside and out, there are things you should pay attention to when it comes to summer auto care. At the end of the day, you are extending the lifetime of your vehicle and avoiding trips to the mechanic.

How To Protect Your Car From The Damaging Effects Of Summer

Exterior Damage

  • The Paint – the largest surface exposed to the sun is obviously your car’s exterior. Over time your car’s paint will fade due to prolonged sun exposure. Extreme affects will cause the paint to crack. To avoid this from happening, enjoy a fun summer activity, break out the hose and hand wash your car frequently. It is a great way to beat the heat and cool the car off too! Afterwards, waxing your car will act as a sunscreen to shield the harmful ultraviolet rays!
  • The Great Outdoors – When you are up at the cottage or on a road trip, sticky sap, bird droppings, insects and acid rain can cause your car to become dirty in one drive alone. If you spend a lot of time outdoors – the sun is not the only thing that can slowly ruin your car’s exterior finishes.
  • The Tires – The hot asphalt coupled with tired that are under-inflated can certainly cause some problems and the worst-case scenario, a blow-out. The two main areas to focus on will be your pressure and your tread-wear. Tires air pressure increases, and temperatures increase, also, you do not want “bald tires” for any summer trips or travel of course. Make sure your treads have their pattern in-tact and have depth for traction.

Interior Damage

  • The heat will cause some unwanted odours in your car and could also lead to musty mold and mildew to build from humidity and damp weather. Although this isn’t only a part of your summer auto care routine, give your interior a good scrub and vacuum.
  • Sitting on hot leather seats in summer shorts can burn. Also, the sun’s UV rays can cause discolouration to your seats as well over a long period of time. Tip: You can protect your seats with an upholstery or leather conditioner.
  • No…that’s not aluminum foil – a staple in summer auto care is a sunscreen on your dash. It can significantly reduce your car’s interior temperature so that you don’t feel like you are suffocating getting into your parked car. Also, the windshield shade will protect the interior surfaces of your vehicle.


To avoid most of the issues above, when you purchase a new vehicle at Discovery Ford, consider a Body-Gard treatment with Sharkskin Interior and Exterior protection.