With the hot and humid weather now upon us, it’s important to look for ways to not only keep yourself cool but your vehicle as well. While your car will never be able to escape the heat altogether, there are a few things you can try that can help to cool it down.
Read ahead for some quick and easy tips:
Park in garage
The easiest way to escape the hot rays is to park your vehicle in a garage. Even if the garage is warm, keeping your car in the shade will be enough to cool it down significantly. If your work is close to a garage, it may be worth paying for a pass during the warm months to ensure your vehicle stays cool.
If you’re out and about and there’s simply no way of escaping the hot sun, make sure to bring some blankets with you to throw over your seats when you leave your vehicle. While the blankets will get hot, your seats will remain cool.
It may also be a good idea to bring a hand towel to throw on top of your steering wheel.
Take your time looking for parking
Unless you’re just going in for a quick errand, it’s in your best interest to look for a parking spot that will offer the most shade. This is particularly important if you’re looking for a spot at work and will be in the office for the day.
If you can’t find any shade, at least make sure that the front of your car isn’t directly facing the sunlight.
If you don’t already have tinted windows, now may be the time to invest in them. While you’ll still want to keep your car out of the sun, tinted windows will do a reasonable job of cooling your car’s interior on a hot and humid day.
Wait for it to cool
If your car’s been out in the sun for a while, you’d be wise to wait for a minute or two before hopping in. Open the doors to let the breeze whisk the hot air away. Otherwise, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you sit down.
Crack open your windows
While it’s never a good idea to roll down your windows completely, it’s also not a bad idea to open them a crack to let out some of the hot air. This means rolling them down just a smidge. If a potential thief could still manage to fit their arm through the crack, you’ve rolled them down too much.
Use the A/C
If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to wait for your car to cool, you can always just blast the air conditioning to cool down.