When you plan an extended trip away from home, there are various preparations that must be considered. Will you have someone collect your mail or put it hold on at the post office? How will you secure your home? If you have pets, who will watch them? And if you care about your car, how will you protect it from heat and sun damage?
Why does the sun and heat damage your car?When a car is parked in the sun for an extended amount of time, it can cause damage both internally and externally. Sun damage can cause:
- Paint to crack/chip
- Cracking in leather seating
- Car battery to die
- Expansion of tire pressure
Parking in the ShadeBy parking in the shade or inside a parking facility, you limit the amount of sun and heat exposure to your car. This is the most viable option for you and the car since it will also keep the inside temperature of the car lower, so you don’t return to a heat box! You can also use a reflective car sun shade in your front and back windows to help block the heat.
Car Washing and Interior CleaningWhen dust is paired with heat, it can do serious damage to your car's paint as well as the interior. Washing the exterior of your car and hand drying it will keep the paint fresh. Taking the extra step to get the interior cleaned will get rid of the unnecessary dust and debris in the air.
Getting a wax detail may seem like a hassle but this protective layer will do wonders at combating the sun from your car’s paint job. Waxing will not only help with car paint protection but it will also help to protect against scratches.