At Toyota of Orlando we know as beautiful as they may be, Florida summers can be way too hot. That’s why we’re here to give you the best car maintenance tips to keep your car cool even during the intense summer months. Save yourself the sweat and keep reading!
Summer car maintenance tips
Nothing is worse than hopping into your car to find it’s unbearably hot and stuffy. Your car should never make you feel like you’re baking at 450. Luckily, our certified Orlando techs know some car maintenance tips to keep things cool. Check them out:
Limit sunlight exposure
Your car windows hold in sunlight and heat just like a greenhouse. You car will hold on to all of the sunlight it's getting even if the temperature outside isn't incredibly high.This causes your interior to reach significantly higher temperatures than what your temperature gauge reads. That being said, the number one way to keep your interior cool is to limit your car's sun exposure. Here are some easy ways to do this:
- Park in the shade: The cheapest way to avoid sunlight is to always park in a shaded area. You can look for parking spots underneath trees or coverings or opt for a parking garage spot.
- Crack your windows: As mentioned before, your windows trap warm air and intense sunlight in your car. An easy solution to this problem is cracking your windows. When you park, leave your windows down less than an inch and you’ll create some airflow to reduce heat buildup. If you have a sunroof you can also open it slightly to achieve the same effect. Just remember to not roll your windows down too far. That way, you avoid the possibility of a break-in or theft.
- Purchase a sun shade: Sun shades are an affordable way to block out sunlight. They are easy to put up and take down plus they’ll significantly decrease the temperature of your car. You can find these online, at your local superstore, or at our Orlando Toyota Dealership.
- Get your windows tinted: Although this is a pricier option, tinted windows are a great way to permanently protect your interior from overheating. If you do decide to go with this option, be sure to look up your state’s laws on tinting.
Speed up the cool down
Even if you blast your air conditioning right away it can seem like it takes years for your car to actually cool down. Fortunately, we have a car maintenance tip to speed up the process. Check it out:
Your Orlando Toyota’s AC works best when it’s moving. As soon as you get in your car, turn your air on full blast, open all windows, and get moving. This will push the hot air out of your car more quickly and allow you to feel the cold air sooner.
Affordable service at Toyota of Orlando
Stay cool this summer and follow these car maintenance tips. If you suspect any issues with your vehicle’s AC or any other important parts, don’t hesitate to stop by Toyota of Orlando. We’re located at 3575 Vineland Road just off I-4. Call us at (407) 298-4001 to schedule your appointment today and be sure to check out our auto service specials online!