Summer Driving Advice

Summer driving tips for your SUV, Crossover, Cargo Van or Pickup Truck.

Tips to avoid making your truck a virtual oven

When the temperature rises outside, the combination of extreme heat, direct sunlight and closed windows can turn a parked vehicle into a virtual oven with dashboard temperatures reaching up to about 89°C.

Tests, conducted for Auto Expressions found that on a 31°C day, air trapped inside a vehicle can heat up within minutes. In a parked car without a sunshade, the dashboard can be heated up to 89°C — high enough to cook a chicken — and the steering wheel tops out at 88°C.

In the same extreme conditions, a truck using an accordion style sunshade in the windshield was able to keep the interior an average of 23.8°C cooler. Sunshades reflect sun rays by blocking the sunlight coming through the windshield, helping to reduce the heat and block 99% of damaging UV rays.

Additionally, the use of a sunshade helps protect the interior, preventing possible fading, cracking or discolouration.

Note: Use common sense and never leave children, the elderly or pets inside your vehicle in the summer heat.

Tips to help beat the summer heat:

• Park in the shade whenever possible.

• Use a sunshade to help reduce the heat buildup.

• Use a fabric-based steering wheel cover to help protect your hands.

• Open doors and let the air circulate in the vehicle for a few minutes before getting in.

• Set your air conditioner to ‘regular’ or ‘fresh air’ before switching to ‘maximum.’

How to reduce heat damage

• Use a sunshade to help reduce heat and sun damage in your vehicle.

• Protect steering wheels, dashboard and seats with covers.

• Wash your vehicle regularly and use a wax with a UV absorber.

• Maintain vinyl and leather interiors with a UV absorbent cleaner/protectant.

• Have your cabin air filter and air-conditioning systems serviced annually.

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