- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On July 12, 2016
Summer is upon us, and if you’re like most people in the Phoenix area, you’re already feeling the heat. While buying a new vehicle from a reputable Phoenix Lincoln dealer will ensure proper AC, you may not be ready for a new car yet.
That doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable all summer long. Use these tips to help you stay cool in your vehicle this summer, even if you’re going on a vacation or planning a long-distance road trip.
Monitor Oil Levels
Oil in your car helps lubricate parts and prevent overheating. Proper oil levels may not help you to feel a lot cooler in your car, but they’re important for overall vehicle temperature levels.
Check your oil regularly by removing the dipstick, wiping it clean with a paper towel and reinserting it into the oil tank. Check the bottom of the dipstick with marked lines to make sure you’re not low. If you are, add a quart or two based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation.
Ideally, you should get an oil change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles as well.
Check Fluids Regularly
Just like the human body, your car can’t run very well when it’s out of liquids. A dehydrated car may not exist, but if you want a vehicle running at the right temperature, checking fluids is essential.
Among the most important levels to check in the summer months is the radiator coolant level. You should have this done every time you get an oil change, and if your coolant starts to look brown and sludge-like, it’s time for replacement.
If you’re not sure how, Sanderson Lincoln can perform this and other maintenance services for you.
Park Under Cover
It might seem fairly obvious, but many people park in the driveway in the same spot year round regardless of the heat. If you can, get your car out of the sun and into a spot that’s covered from the elements.
Parking in your garage is obviously an ideal choice if you have one. You’ll get protection from the sun and heat and make sure that your vehicle is safe.
If you can’t park your vehicle in the garage, look for street parking with shade from a tree – one that won’t drip sap all over your windows – or other tall structures.
Keep Heat Away
You can’t turn the thermostat down on the sun, but that doesn’t mean your vehicle and its interior has to bake like a potato all day long. Using a few simple and affordable tools, you can keep your car from cooking in the sunlight.
Start by putting a window visor or sunshade in your dash. That will keep the sunlight off your interior and reflect heat back to the street, working to keep the inside of your vehicle a little bit cooler.
Using a dash cover made of fabric or another reflective material can also help keep heat at bay. One of these covers will also keep your dash from cracking and drying out if you live in a particularly hot climate like that of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun.
Covering your steering wheel with a small towel or cloth can also help keep contact temperatures down. That means you won’t have to play hot potato for the first ten minutes after you start your car.
Visit Sanderson Lincoln to learn more about how you can keep your vehicle cool in the summer months. Sanderson Lincoln, one of the top Lincoln dealers in Phoenix, can also help you find the perfect new or pre-owned vehicle when it’s time to upgrade.