Summer is here! The days are longer and the nights are shorter. We’ve survived the icy mornings and cold evening breezes and not it’s time to enjoy the more exciting, vibrant months of the year.

Summer in South Africa can get viciously hot. The country’s highest recorded temperatures, nearly 48 ºC, have occurred in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga. Hot temperatures can be tough on everyone and everything – even your car. Extreme heat can damage your car. We’ve provided a few ways you can care for your car this summer.

Check your tyre pressure often

Are your tyres inflated properly? Under-inflated tyres can overheat and are more susceptible to a blowout, especially if the road is very hot. Your car’s manual should have the recommended tyre pressure for your tyres – alternatively, you can find out the ideal tyre pressure for your car’s tyres on Google. Check your car’s tyres’ pressures at least once a month.

Check your engine fluids

Engine fluids lubricate and help keep critical components in your car cool. To prevent your car from overheating, make sure all fluids are full enough. This includes motor oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and brake fluid.

Wash any salt off your car

This is especially if you live by or visit the coast. Salt residue can cause your car to rust. After winter, it’s always safer to give your car a good wash to prevent rust and extent the life of your vehicle.

Clean and wax your car

Clean your car to prevent it from getting damaged. Just the acid from bird droppings can cause discoloration to your paint job. Cleaning your car once a week will insure the interior and exterior of your car stays in good condition. Waxing is an easy and efficient way to make sure your car’s exterior is protected from scratches and sun damage. It also makes your car easier to clean as the wax has a smooth texture.

Check your windscreen wipers

After winter, your windscreen wiper blades may need to be replaced. During winter, the weather can damage the blades, making them less effective. This is a simple and inexpensive fix you can make to ensure your windscreen wipers are functioning properly.

Park smartly

Wherever you go during the day in Summer, try find the most shaded parking spot. This will prevent the interior and exterior of your car from sun damage. Sun damage can fade the body paint, cause cracks on the dashboard, fade any material and wreck the plastic features in side your car. It’s impossible to find shade wherever you go so make sure you put up sun shades on your windows if you park in the sun.

Insure your car

Unfortunately, accidents happen. You need to have reliable comprehensive car insurance to ensure your car is covered in the event of an accident.