Is there anything worse than a hot, stuffy car in the summer? You may enjoy spending time outdoors during the summer months, but the heat and sun can make driving around intolerable, as your car may feel like an oven when you get in and take what feels like an eternity to cool down to a comfortable temperature.
For drivers who don’t enjoy intense heat, getting into a car that has been parked in hot weather can feel like being roasted alive. Stay cool and get more out of your summer by using these tips to keep your car cooler when parked:
Use a sunshade or window visor.
This tried-and-true method of keeping your car cool should be your go-to option to counteract hot interior temps throughout the summer. Put up a sunshade or window visor every time you exit your car for more than a few minutes. Keep it even cooler for long periods by putting a sunshade in your rear window as well.
Tint your windows.
Whether you take your car in for someone to put the tint on or do the job yourself, tinting your vehicle windows is a good way to keep the interior of it much cooler. You may need to do a bit of research as state laws may mandate how dark of a tint that you can use.
Park in the shade.
If possible park your car so that it will be in the shade or in a parking garage, especially for the warmest part of the day. If it is not possible for you to park in the shade you can always turn your car around so that most of the sunlight will go into the back of your car to keep you from touching a hot steering wheel or seat when you get into your car.
Use a dashboard cover.
A fabric or upholstered dashboard cover can go a long way towards making your car’s interior more comfortable. You won’t feel as overwhelmed by the heat if you don’t have to touch hot vinyl surfaces. Dash covers also protect sensitive vinyl from sun damage that can cause cracking and fading.
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