We live in Nigeria, a country whose weather complies with no exact climate or seasonal change standard. As I write, we should still be experiencing a bit of the harmattan that accompanies Christmas as this is January but the intensity of the sun that is shining now can hard boil an egg. Was there even harmattan in most parts of Nigeria in December to start with?

With the intense scorching of the sun, it is very common for people to protect themselves, kids and animals from the sun’s angry scorch and the illnesses it could cause. What you forget however is that your cars need as much care because they are prone to more danger than having their paint wear off when you expose them to the sun constantly.

Some interior parts of your car like the dashboard, seats, and even steering wheel can start showing damage signs in form of cracks the moment you expose it to too much intense heat.

Closely following the above is the fact that your dashboard, upholstery and other interior appliances soon begin to lose their flawless appeal as the heat starts to cause them to fade.

Airbags, a major safety system can also be damaged from being exposed to heat.

Hoses and belts could also be broken and detached from their original places in a car which causes your travel plans to not only be thwarted but also costs you money to repair.

Fluids in your car dry up fast during summer and they when the sun is very hot, the drying intensity is even faster. The inadvertent consequence of this reflects on your engine because lack of or low level fluids in it cause it to overheat or experience friction.

Heat can also lower your car’s tire pressure.

To save your car from losing its value or experiencing damage due to high temperature caused by the sun, have your car evaluated in readiness for the season. Test fluids, antifreeze and belts and hoses. Maintain proper air pressure in your tires at all times.

To protect the interior and exterior of your car, park in a garage or carport or use a sunshade in your windshield. Sunshades can keep the temperature within your car up to 50 degrees cooler and can help minimize damaging ultraviolet rays from entering your vehicle’s interior.



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