Here in Minnesota, it’s always a welcome sight when the sun is shining. But we should all take precautions when going outdoors for extended periods by applying sunscreen. This helps protect our skin from sun damage, but did you know that the sun can also harm your vehicle? Here are some ways the heat can damage your car and how you can save some money by parking in the shade.
Effects of the sun on your vehicle
The glass windows in your car can quickly make it feel like a greenhouse. The heat from the sun comes through the windows and keeps bouncing back, increasing the temperature. The high heat and rays from the sun can damage some interior components, like leather seats, the dashboard, or even electronics. Your car’s exterior also takes a beating when sitting in the sun. Over time, the sunlight can cause the paint to fade and crack.
Benefits of parking in the shade
When you park your car in the shade, your car is protected from the damaging sun. The shade will help keep the interior slightly cooler, meaning your air conditioning will not have to work as hard to cool you down. Another benefit is you can save money on gas by not driving around the parking lot looking for the closest spot. Shady spots are usually further from the door.
If you’re worried about the state of your vehicle after parking in direct sunlight, feel free to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi and we’ll get your car back in tip-top shape for maximum summer fun.
Some of the most important safety features on your car aren’t always an advanced automatic feature like emergency braking. Instead, your vehicle’s safety systems can be as basic as your tires. Without your tires, you are not going anywhere—they affect your vehicle’s braking, handling, and ride. That is why tire safety is so important.
One of the most important steps in tire safety is regular inspections. You should make a habit of thoroughly checking your tires once a month. Look for signs of wear, good tread depth, and proper inflation.
Excess wear on a tire can appear as cracks or bulges on the side wall or uneven tread wear. If you see any of these signs, schedule a service appointment at Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a closer look.
Another important factor in tire safety is how your car handles. If you feel any unusual vibrations or hear a thumping noise, this can indicate an out-of-balance tire or a tire with a flat spot. Furthermore, a tire that pulls your car to one side could be underinflated or damaged.
When you do perform your tire inspection, take a quarter with you. While many experts suggest the penny test, a quarter will give you better results. Place the quarter down into the tread with Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, this means your tread is less than 4/32” and it is time for new tires.
If you need help installing a new set of tires, our service team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi is ready to lend a hand.