As summer approaches and those 90-degree days become more common, keeping your car cool becomes more of a concern. There’s nothing worse than stepping into a stuffy car and cringing at the feeling of your skin hitting the hot interior. There are many simple steps you can take to make sure you keep your car cool in these hot spring and summer months.
Get your car checked.
Now is the perfect time to give your car a checkup, whether you do it yourself or bring it into your local mechanic. Check the air conditioning to make sure the vents are clear and working properly. Also check all coolants, making sure they are fresh and at the correct level, to help prevent your car from overheating. Finally, make sure your car’s engine is well lubricated and running smoothly to avoid any permanent heat-related damage.
If you know your car has been sitting in the sun and is going to be hot, leave yourself some extra time to air it out before getting in. Open all the doors to the vehicle to let the seats and interior cool before beginning your drive. This is especially important if you’re traveling with small children, who may be more sensitive to the heat. Be cautious (and warn others) of hot spots on the car like the metal on seat belts.
Make smart decisions when parking.
Try to keep your car parked in a garage or shaded area. If this isn’t possible, park so your car is facing away from the sun. Make sure to store any electronics like your phone, mp3 player, etc. in the glove box or other shaded area to prevent any heat-related damage. If you’re parked in a warmer spot, keep the windows slightly cracked to allow a cross breeze in the car. Make sure you only open windows a small amount to avoid any security risks.
Cover up your vehicle as much as possible.
Spreading sheets or blankets over car seats can help assure they don’t get too hot. This is especially helpful if you have leather interior, which can get very hot. You can also invest in a sunshade to lie across the dash to cover windows and reduce the amount of sun getting into the car. Similarly, you can invest in a steering wheel cover, or simply cover the steering wheel with a sheet to prevent it from getting too hot.
These simple steps can make a huge difference to making sure your car is safe to drive in the hotter weather, and also cool and comfortable from the moment you first get in. Keeping your car cool will make any summer drive, from a quick jaunt along the coast to a vacation road trip, that much more enjoyable.