How to Protect Your Vehicle from Sun and Heat This Summer

2022 Ford Expedition | Spirit Lake, IA

Summers can get plenty hot in Iowa, so now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll protect your vehicle from intense sun and heat. To get you started, here are a few simple heat-fighting tips from our team here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Care for the Exterior

The more the sun beats down on your car, the more the paint is at risk of fading and cracking. However, regular washes can banish damaging dust and dirt, while a good wax job will help protect the finish.

Protect the Interior

Too much sun exposure can fade, crack, and dry out your car’s seats, dash, and other interior surfaces. When you park, try to find a shady spot to limit the sun’s rays. You may also want to get a folding windshield visor and covers for the seats. It’s a good idea to wipe down surfaces frequently to remove dust particles, too.

Keep up with Maintenance

Heat can have negative effects under the hood as well. To prevent serious problems, be sure to keep your fluids topped up, have your battery and charging system inspected, and follow maintenance recommendations for your cooling system and A/C.

Ready to get a head start on the heat? Schedule a service appointment at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake so your vehicle will be prepared for summer’s worst.

Summer Safety Supplies for Your Vehicle

Summer Safety Supplies For Your Vehicle | Spirit Lake, IA

Whether you’re sticking close to home or venturing farther away during the warmer months, it’s wise to be prepared for an emergency. Get ready for unexpected situations by stocking your vehicle with these important summer safety supplies.  

Water

Hot summertime temperatures can quickly cause dehydration, especially if you are doing any physical activity. If you are going out, be sure to bring along a water bottle along. Keep a case of water bottles in your trunk for an emergency.

First aid kit

You never know when someone in your family might fall on a hike and need some bandages. Keep a first aid kit in your car with antibiotic ointment, bandages, pain relievers, bug repellent, and a small supply of any prescriptions your family needs.

Sun shelter

If your vehicle brakes down and there is no nearby shade, it won’t take long for your car to get dangerously hot. A simple sun shelter, like a beach umbrella, can give you some shade while you wait for help.

Charged cell phone

You may have a few old cellphones sitting around your house. Charge one of them up, turn it off, and keep it in your car. Even if it doesn’t have service, you can use it to make emergency calls.

With these safety supplies, your vehicle will be well-prepared for summer adventures. For even more peace of mind, visit one of Motor Inn Auto Group’s Iowa locations and we’ll take care of all your vehicle’s scheduled service and any needed repairs.

Our Favorite Summertime Destinations in Iowa

Summertime Destinations in Iowa | Motor Inn

Summer is the perfect time to fall back in love with the open road. And if you’re in Iowa, you’re in luck, as there is certainly no shortage of incredible things to discover. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just visiting this summer, make a point to check out new places this year. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of our favorite summertime destinations in Iowa.

Okoboji

Okoboji is home to five blue water lakes featuring over 70 miles of beautiful shorelines, making it an indispensable summertime location in Iowa. Check out Arnolds Park Amusement Park, visit the Okoboji Summer Theatre, or revel in the Dickinson County Nature Center area.

Des Moines

For a trip with an urban flair, visit Iowa’s capital Des Moines. No matter what you’re into, this city has something for everyone. Stop by the beautiful Des Moines Farmer Market or stroll around the historic East Village area. You can also explore the Blank Park Zoo or the Des Moines Botanical Gardens.

Winterset

For a more idyllic getaway, look no further than Winterset, home to some of the most iconic covered bridges in the country. While there you can also visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. You can also stroll through the city park, or just get lost driving on some incredibly gorgeous backroads.

If you need a new vehicle to transport you to and from these fun summertime destinations in Iowa, stop by Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

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