Protecting Your Car In The Hot Summer

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Protecting Your Car In The Hot Summer

Did you know that the sun and heat can be very damaging to your car? During the height of summer heat, interior air temperatures can exceed 145 degrees, and surface temperatures can reach a stunning 195 degrees.

However, it’s not just the dashboard you should look out for. Heat can damage a car’s finish and damage the engine. Here in Louisiana, our summers can get insanely hot, and at AWS Insurance, we are here to help. Here are some tips on protecting your car in the heat of the summer.

Protecting Your Interior

  • Use a sun protector
    • Using a sun protector on your dash can keep your car cool and prevent sun damage.
  • Protect seats
    • If you have leather interior, use a conditioner. This helps avoid cracks and tears.
  • Wipe dash with a microfiber cloth
    • Over time, dust can cause tiny scratches. Keeping your dash wiped will protect it and keep it fresh.

Protecting Your Exterior

  • Wash often 
    • Sun and heat can fade and crack the pain. Frequent washing and hand drying help remove dirt and dust particles that can cause scratches in your car’s finish.
  • Check your tire pressure
    • Did you know that hot pavement and low pressure in your tires can lead to a blowout. Even the newest tires lost about one pound of air pressure a month. It’s essential to check often when it’s hot.
  • Wax often
    • A layer of wax can protect your car from UV rays.

Protect What’s Under The Hood

  • Battery 
    • High temperatures can cause a cell to wear out and fail quickly. Have the vehicle’s battery and system checked regularly by a car professional. 
  • AC
    • If your AC is failing to keep you cool in the summer, the refrigerant charge level in the air conditioning system may be low, or there may be a more severe problem.
  • Cooling System
    • This keeps your car from overheating. Have your belts and checked and your antifreeze/coolant drained.
  • Fluids
    • When fluid levels are below recommended levels, you should regularly check motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. If they need to be topped off, check your owner’s manual about the types of fluids recommended.

AWS wants you and your car to stay cool this summer! If you would like to speak with an experienced insurance professional today, contact AWS!

 

1 Comment
  • Samantha Greenwood
    Posted at 08:12h, 19 July

    The heat on my car is not something I would typically worry about. These are great tips to know!

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.