We got into the 90s this week and it’s not fun. Sure, it’s nice pool weather, but it’s no fun when you get into your car after work. The hot steering wheel, the steamy air inside, the feeling like your air conditioner will never cool your car down. Us Texans are familiar with all of them, and it’s a way of life. But, there are a few things you could do to minimize the heat in your car. If you take a couple of seconds, each time you get out of your car, to do some minor additions to your routine, you may not hate Summer so much.
1. Use a sunshade. I cannot recommend this one enough! Next time you’re in any auto store, Wal-Mart, or Target, purchase one of those aluminum-looking sunshades that you extend and put in your windshield. You’ll notice a big change in the temperature of your car after it’s been sitting in a parking lot for a few hours.
2. Crack the windows. If you keep the same air trapped inside your car all day, then it will continue to get hotter and hotter. By providing a little bit of ventilation, and a place where the air can escape, you lower the temperature significantly.
3. Park under shade. This one may seem like a no-brainer, but I see people park in broad daylight instead of a nice, tree-shaded spot because it’s too far away. Parking under that canopy, garage, or carport will be well worth it when you realize just how much of a difference it makes to keep your car out of the sun.
4. Cover your seats. If you’ve got leather or vinyl seats, they absorb a lot of the heat, so the rest of the air inside suffers. Get a blanket and cover those seats! After all, if you’ve experienced a Summer with leather seats, you’ve probably regretted the decision to leave the house and take a seat on your flaming hot seats.
These are just a few ideas on how to keep your car’s interior from reaching the same temperature as the Sun. What do you do to minimize the Sun effects on your car’s temperature?