Close your eyes and picture a sunny summer day, a cloudless sky, the ocean breeze wafting over the landscape. Why not take that gorgeous, shiny car of yours out and show it off? If you’re familiar with the benefits of weatherproof car covers, you’re probably already on the road. If not, the specter of sun, salt, dust and sap attacking your paint job may already have you returning to the garage.
There’s no need to worry, however, if you take basic precautions and make one simple purchase. A sun shade for your windshield gives you outsized protection for a minimal investment.
How Sun Shades Prevent Sun Damage
Excessive sunlight can cause interior damage to your vehicle. While car covers provide the most complete protection, a basic sun shield minimizes the most prevalent detrimental effects. A shade blocks harmful UV rays, reducing fading, warping and cracking in upholstery and the steering wheel and console finish.
A shield also maintains a lower interior temperature — up to 30°F cooler — prolonging the life of the car stereo and electronics. In high heat, volatile organic compounds from adhesives and sealants evaporate, resulting in interior odors and possibly exacerbating allergies.
Best of all, a cooler interior means you’ll be more comfortable upon returning to the vehicle on a sweltering day.
Custom Fit Sunshades for Interior Protection
For maximum protection, use a custom fit sunshade made specifically for the make and model of your vehicle.
Getting the best fit increases sunlight blocking and minimizes interior damage from ill-fitting clasps, grommets or seams. The precise design of custom fit visors also means easy installation and compact storage for you.
Features To Meet Your Every Need
Regardless of budget, options are available suited to your personal preferences. Understanding the range of possible features will help identify the best model for you. Examine whether the visor retracts, collapses or folds and whether a case or pouch is included for storage.
A UV protective coating will extend product life and increase interior protection. Designs that employ special heat defense materials can keep the vehicle cooler.
Some shields are reversible, using a pale side to repel the summer sun and a dark side to retain heat in winter. Finally, exterior designs available on many sun shields allow you to express your personality!
Five picks exhibiting this range of features are:
With these considerations in mind, once again close your eyes and envision that summer outing, cruising oceanside in the sunshine.
Why not take a day at the beach with the kids or a leisurely afternoon stroll at the waterfront with your spouse?
Now that you’re ready to pick out a sun shade for your vehicle, it’s OK to leave the garage! This basic investment can keep you and your car cool all summer long.