Is Your Car an Oven?
The air trapped inside a vehicle on a 95° F day can heat up quickly; the steering wheel can reach 159° F; the seat can reach 162° F; and the dashboard can heat up to 181° F, all this within a few hours or less.
The temperature inside the vehicle without a sunshade actually becomes hot enough to bake chicken, eggs, bacon and cookies.
Sunshades act as insulators, keeping vehicle interiors up to 49° F cooler and blocking 99 percent of UV rays. This is like using sunscreen for your skin and will protect the second most expensive purchase you make.
To illustrate this point:
- Steering wheel 159° F = temperature to cook medium-rare beef.
- Dashboard can heat up to 181° F = temperature to cook poultry.
- Seats can reach 162° F = temperature to cook ground beef.
Sun or heat damage can destroy your vehicle’s interior:
- Faded upholstery.
- Cracked dashboard.
- Cracked leather upholstery.
- Cracked steering wheel.
If you use a sunshade, it is easier to resell your vehicle. Why? The resale value can drop as much as $1,000 to $2,000 with interior sun and heat damage. Interior and exterior condition affects the value of your car, SUV or truck.
Sunshades help passengers avoid burning themselves on a vehicle’s upholstery, steering wheel, seat, etc.
Sunshades prices range from $2.49 to $14.99. (You can buy these at any mass merchandiser or car parts store)
Other things you can do to protect your car:
- Steering wheel covers.
- Window tint film.
- Seat covers.
- Keeping a good coat of wax on your paint.
Pro Tip: Remove the bird and bug droppings as quickly ad you can, these droppings can destroy your paint, then apply a coat of wax to protect the value. More tips for your summer road trip. Get all your mechanical and batteries checked, the heat will really put a toll on your battery as well. Pep Boys will check your battery, free of charge.
Lauren Fix, The Car Coach® is a nationally recognized automotive expert, media guest, journalist, author, keynote speaker and television host. Post your comments on Twitter: @LaurenFix or on her Facebook Page.
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