How To Keep Your Vehicle Cool This Summer
Here in Colorado Springs, we’re fortunate enough to have generally cooler summers. Blue skies, a slight breeze, and endless recreational activities make for a perfect summer day. However, we do have a real scorcher from time to time. Remember these tips on the next blazing summer day so you don’t get burned.
Tip #1: Windshield Screen
Putting a sunshade in your windshield keeps internal vehicle temperature lower and helps prevent dashboard and leather seats from cracking. Check out Amazon for a wide selection at great prices. There’s a variety of shapes, colors, and materials to choose from out there. Pin the sunshade in between the windshield and the visor to secure it in place. An added bonus to these screens is privacy, so wandering eyes can’t see what is in your car when you’re away.
Tip #2: Blanket on Your Seat
Upon exiting the parked vehicle, place a blanket or towel on your seat. This will absorb the brunt of the heat while you are out running errands, or whatever it is you’re doing. When it’s time to get back in the car, simply remove the fabric and you’ll be greeted by a much cooler seat.
Tip #3: Turn Your Wheel Upside Down
Sometimes a hot seat isn’t the only thing we have to worry about. On sunny days, the top of the steering wheel can get too hot to touch. Before you leave your car, turn your wheel upside down, that way the part you grip with your hands has less sun exposure.
Tip #4: Wipe Down Surfaces
There will be days when all of these preventative measures still aren’t enough. Store a hand towel and a water bottle in a dark part of your vehicle, like the center console or glove compartment. Pour enough water on the towel to wipe down the hottest surfaces evenly. You will notice a surprising difference!
Tip #5: Park Strategically
The smartest thing you can do is park in a shaded spot. Whether that’s under the cover of a garage or near a cluster of shade trees. If you can’t find a shaded spot, park your vehicle away from the sun. Unless you have a sunshade, in which case you’ll want to park facing the sun so the sunshade reflects the heat away from your car.