Protect your car during a heat wave

5 July 2016

Did you know that heat is the main culprit in shortening the lifespan of a car battery? That’s definitely not good news for South African motorists given the recent spate of heat waves scorching the country.


Just like you increase your water intake and put on extra sunscreen during a heat wave, your car needs extra protection too. Here’s how you can help your car beat the heat:

1. Make sure that your tyres are properly inflated. Underinflated tyres usually get hotter, and on even warmer tar, there is increased risk of your tyre bursting.

2. When parked, use sun deflectors on your windscreen to protect the interior of your car.

3. To protect your battery, try to park in a spot that shades the bonnet of your car.

4. Avoid towing another car during a heat wave. This puts extra strain on your transmission.

5. While your engine does have a dedicated cooling system, the heat can put it under strain. Check out your car’s owner’s manual for the cooling system maintenance interval.

Ultimately, your car suffers considerably during a heat wave. With this in mind, it’s best to have it serviced during the summer months to circumvent any issues. Remember, a healthy car makes for a happy journey!

If you have any unanswered servicing or maintenance questions - let us know and we’ll answer them for you.

* All warranties (original or extended), service plans and maintenance plans differ in terms of features, benefits and, terms and conditions. This blog is for illustration purposes only.

MotorHappy (PTY) LTD is an Authorised Financial Services Provider FSP 46123.


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