Keep Your Car Cool(er) This Summer!

Summer. There’s no better time to cruise down the road, roll the windows down, pop your sunglasses on and crank the radio high.

However, while summer is good for many (most) things, it can be hard to keep your car cool when it’s been parked for a couple of hours.

These tips are what we suggest from saving your exposed skin from the wrath of an overheated car:

  • Cover your steering wheel with a hand towel. This will help to keep the contact temperature of your steering wheel down, and you won’t have to drive with the tips of your fingers when you first get in.
  • Use a dash cover. Using this cover will help you not feel overwhelmed by the heat because you won’t have to touch hot, vinyl surfaces. Using a fabric or upholstered dash cover will also protect sensitive vinyl from sun damage that can cause cracking and fading.
  • Keep important possessions out of the sun. Any delicate items (CDs, laptops) should be stored out of the path of direct sunlight, like underneath the seat or in a covered trunk. If you can’t find a good place in your car, throw a blanket over them.
  • Keep your windows slightly cracked. And we mean slightly, because it’s never a good idea to leave your windows all the way down when you’re not near the car. But, even a small crack will allow ventilation to keep your car a bit cooler than it normally would be.
  • Throw blankets over your seats. Blankets can be a huge help in the summertime. If your car features vinyl or leather seats, you know just how hot those can get when they’re exposed to high temperatures and an abundance of sunlight. When you return to your car, simply toss the blankets in the floorboards or trunk.
  • Watch the buckles. Use caution when buckling children and avoid letting children buckle themselves. Don’t be tempted to loosen their seat straps in summer heat.

Sources: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/08/20/top-10-tips-keep-your-parked-car-cool-this-summer/

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/07/tips-for-keeping-cool-in-hot-summer-cars/index.htm