Tips on Keeping Your Car's Interior Cool This Summer

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

Sure, we all love the summer, but it’s ok to complain about some of its side effects – for example, how hot your car gets after a couple of hours sitting in the sun. It almost feels like it could double as a sauna, not to mention the ickiness of your skin sticking to the leather seats.

You can beat the heat that’s building up in your car, thanks to a few tips from the cool folks at Consumer Reports.

For when you’re parked:

  • Park in the shade.
  • If you have a sunroof, close the shade.
  • Put a sunshade in the windshield and another over the rear seat window, especially if you’ll be carrying children in car seats. Folding-type shades are easy to store while driving.
  • If it’s not calling for rain and you’re parking in a secure area, lower each window an inch or two. If you have a sunroof, leave it in the tilt position to provide extra ventilation.

Getting into your car:

  • For the first few minutes, open the windows to let heat escape.
  • If you’re wearing shorts and have leather or vinyl seats, bring a towel to sit on.
  • Try not to touch the metal part of the seatbelt as you can burn yourself.
  • It the steering wheel is too hot, keep a light pair of gloves in the car.

For passengers and pets:

  • If children or pets are in the backseat, bring plenty of water and snacks, and plan to stop more often to tend to them.
  • The rear seat and cargo areas in SUVs, wagons, and minivans can be much warmer than the front-seat area. Adjust the front a/c vents so they direct air to the rear.
  • If you’re headed to the store, bring a cooler bag to keep frozen items from melting or defrosting before you get home.
  • High temperatures mean power outages, which means that any gas stations could be out of service. Filling up in the morning will help you be ready for the unexpected.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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