It’s summer time and along with it comes the heat. Not only can it be punishing for you, but it could take its toll on your beloved vehicle as well. It leaves your ride’s exhaust system and air conditioner working double time, and, in the end, your car might overheat. To avoid this, here are some ways to keep your set of wheels cool throughout the hot season.
If you want a fast way to reduce the impact of the sun’s rays, here’s a quick but pricey solution: Tint. It not only reduces the heat but it also filters the effect of the harmful UV rays on you. And it offers safety and privacy, too.
You’ve probably seen people with steering wheel covers and wonder why they do. Well, it’s simply because steering wheels can get so hot you will be unable to touch them. The covers help keep the steering wheel cool even under intense heat.
It’s certainly not a good idea to leave your window fully open when you park your ride. First, it invites carjackers and second, it invites thieves who’ll come after what’s inside. What you can do is leave your windows cracked or slightly open. If you can insert your hand in the crack, the carjacker can too. Make sure that only the tip of your pinky finger can fit in the crack. This will help with the ventilation and help keep the interior cool.
A sunshade is a great investment if you can’t help but park outside under the heat of the sun. It mirrors the effect of tint as it protects the car from the sun’s rays. Get the sun shade with a reflective side. This type of sun shade does not absorb the rays; instead, it allows the sun’s rays to bounce off it.
A simple and easy solution would be to park in a shaded area like a big tree. Or if it’s possible, go for underground parking. Though most of these may have a parking fee, it’s still definitely worth entering a cool, heat-free car afterwards.
Most cars are equipped with air conditoners these days. Upon entering your vehicle, don’t turn on the aircon. We know it’s tempting especially if you came from somewhere very hot, but listen. Before you twist that knob, switch it to “fresh air” instead of “recirculation”. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes before turning it back to “recirculation”. What recirculation does is use the air from the inside of your vehicle to cool you. And it would take quite some time before that stale, hot air is reduced.
Some cars have vinyl or leather seats which can get really hot when you leave it under the mercy of the sun. You certainly don’t want to slide your bum onto a hot seat. So here’s an easy solution: Blankets. Once you turn off the engine, throw some blankets over the seats. Then once you get back, fold ‘em and keep ‘em in your trunk.
Always have a bottle of water in a shaded part of your car. What can that do? There are days when traffic is just horrible and you’re stuck behind the wheel with a hot dashboard and seatbelt buckle. Grab your rag, pour some water on it and wipe away on your dashboard. Simple science: the water will evaporate and along with it, some of the heat.
Have a cool head and a cool vehicle and you’ll have no problem keeping the summer heat away.