Keep your car cool under the right circumstances (or the wrong ones, as the case may be), even the highest-end cars aren’t immune to the misery of a stiflingly hot interior. When it’s a scorcher outside, entering a vehicle that’s been parked directly in the sun for hours is never a pleasant experience. Who wants to be greeted by a sweltering car interior that’s filled with a bunch of mini hazards? We’re talking about things like scaling buckles, hot leather seats, and a dashboard, steering wheel, and gear shift that are uncomfortably hot to touch.
We’ve listed out some tips for keeping your car cool in the summer.
How to keep your car cool in summer?
1. Use a sunshade or a window visor
This tried-and-tested method of keeping your car cool should be your go-to option to counteract hot interior temperatures throughout the summer. Put up a sunshade or window visor every time you exit your car for more than a few minutes. Keep it even more relaxed for long periods by putting a sunshade in your rear window as well.
2. Use a dash cover
A fabric or upholstered dash cover can go a long way towards making your car’s interior more comfortable. You won’t feel overwhelmed by the heat if you don’t have to touch hot vinyl surfaces. Dash covers also protect sensitive vinyl from sun damage that can cause cracking and fading.
3. Cover your steering wheel with a hand towel
Even if you use a sunshade, it’s a good idea to cover your steering wheel with a small towel. This will help to keep the contact temperature of your steering wheel down.
4. Park in the shade
Whenever possible, park in a shady area. If you’re going to be somewhere for an extended period of time, it’s worth it to walk a bit further to park in the shade. You’ll be happy to enter a not-so-hot car when you return from your day out.
5. Keep your precious possessions out of the sun
Any CDs or delicate items that you keep in your car should be stored out of the path of direct sunlight. If you still use CD’s it’d be best keeping your them underneath the seat. You can also throw a blanket over your precious possessions. If you can’t find a place in your car that will conceal heat-sensitive goods, consider placing them in the trunk.
6. Keep windows slightly cracked
While it’s not a good idea to leave your windows all the way open, it is a good idea to leave them slightly cracked. Check to be sure that you can’t fit your arm through the crack in your window. Even a small crack will promote ventilation and help keep your car cool.
7. Purchase a solar-powered fan
Paired with cracked windows, a solar-powered fan can cool a car down in the heat, even on the hottest summer days. These simple fans work to expel hot air from your vehicle. By creating constant air circulation, they lower your car’s overall temperature.
8. Throw blankets over your seats
If your car features vinyl or leather seats, you know just how hot these materials can become when exposed to sunlight and high temperatures. To keep car seats cool, throw blankets over them. When you return to the car, you can place the blankets on the floorboards or toss them in the trunk.
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