Keep Your Car Cool!

Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Soreen D
Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Soreen D

It’s hot out there! I was getting in my car to go home from work and I thought I was going to catch on fire! With these dog days of summer upon us, we really have to start thinking about what we can do to minimize the heat retention in our cars. Otherwise we will be miserable for the next month or so, until it starts to cool down a little bit. Here are a few tips I came up with on my drive home.

1. Use a window visor or sunshade.

It sounds like a no-brainer, right? But, you’d be amazed at the number of cars I see in the parking lots wherever I go that haven’t put one up! Not only can you put one in your front windshield, you can put one on the back, too! You’d be surprised just how much of a difference one of these makes. The inside of your car will be at least 10-15 degrees cooler than if you just let the sun’s rays bake the interior of your car.

2. Find a shady spot.

Even if you have to walk a little further to get to your destination, your body will thank you when you get in the car to head home.

3. Place a towel over the steering wheel.

I never thought about this one until I saw it in action. Those steering wheels get hot! By just draping a towel over it, you will ensure that you don’t end up with 2nd degree burns on your palms and fingers.

4. Crack your windows.

Of course, I don’t mean that literally, but, lowering your windows just a couple of inches means that the hot air can escape the car instead of being trapped and getting hotter by the minute.

What are some of your tips and tricks to keep your car cool during these summer months?