If you're going to be frequently driving your vehicle across the outback, you'll need to take extra care against the outback's demanding climate and landscape. Sticking to the roads means you won't need anything as serious as a 4X4, but you should still think about adding the following options to your vehicle.
1. Window Tinting
Tinting your windows won't keep all of the sunlight from entering your vehicle, but it will prevent glare from hitting your eyes, UV rays from hitting your skin and the vehicle's upholstery, and heat from boiling you during long drives. Car window tinting will also make it much safer for you to drive when the sun is low on the horizon; this can be a particular problem in the outback since the country is wide and open with few buildings or trees along the horizon to block the sun from your eyes.
2. Reflector Sunshade
Tinting is great for when you're driving, but you should take added measures when you're parked. Leaving your car under shade isn't always an option, so try fitting a sunshade across the front window.
This will completely block sunlight from entering through the windshield, and you can also buy smaller ones for the side and rear window if you want things to be kept as cool as possible. Sunshades come in numerous styles, but try to pick up a reflective one that won't absorb any heat.
3. Sunroof Visor
You could always just run your air conditioning in order to keep the interior of your vehicle as cool as possible. However, the air conditioning system in your vehicle uses some of the horsepower produced by your engine. That means that using it throughout every long journey is going to significantly impact your fuel economy.
That's why it's often best to open the sunroof instead, and you can optimise the effects of opening the sunroof by making sure you have a visor fitted. These are fitted just in front of the sunroof to reduce wind noise and glare. They will also help air circulate throughout the cabin more effectively.
4. Hood Deflector
Heat isn't the only problem that comes along with driving in the outback – you're always likely to encounter more than your fair share of dust and sand. Unfortunately, this can collect against your windshield and run across your hood, making both windshield and hood hard to keep clean and potentially causing scratches.
To help prevent that from happening, try fitting a deflector along the front of the hood. It will redirect dirt, dust, sand, and other road debris over the vehicle, keeping your hood protected and your windshield clean in the process.