The interior of your car can heat up to dangerous temperatures making driving almost unbearable at the peak of summer. Even though not everyone has the luxury of an air conditioner, there are still few things that you can do to keep you and your children as well as your pets from the heat of the sun.
Find Shaded Parking
If your car is parked in direct sunlight, you will surely not like to enter it. Take time to find building, underground parking lots or even just a spot under trees to provide shade. Open all doors for a couple of minutes before entering if your car has been parked in direct sunlight for a long time.
It is important to get the hot air out because glass windows insulate heat inside. You can also allow hot air to escape by leaving the windows slightly open while parked. The opening must be not more than the width of a person’s arm so no other person can get into your car.
Purchase window vent visors that attach to the top of the car’s window if security is a concern. You can also put window tinting and visor so people will have a hard time figuring out if your windows are open or not. If you do not know how to put tint in your windows and visor then you can hire professionals such as Bismarck window tinting services.
Use Sun Shade and a Blanket
It is a great investment for those who cannot escape parking outdoors on hot days to purchase a sun shade or UV heat shield. Sun shades protect the car’s interior from harmful sun rays that penetrate windshields and reduce interior temperature.
Look into spending a little more and purchasing a custom made sun shade online to cover the entire windshield if you live in places with months of hot summer. Virtually no light and UV rays can get it since you windshield will fit like a glove.
Use Bottom Vents
To immediately cool their upper body, most people who enter a hot vehicle open the windows right away. The best method is to push the hot air out from the bottom to cool the vehicle as quickly as possible since heat rises. So the only bottoms vents close to the ground are functioning, adjust the fan setting to max and close the upper vents.
The stale hot air escapes through the open window by pushing the air from the bottom to the top. Switch to the upper vents to stay cool while driving once the hot air is pushed out.
Toggle A/C Settings
Make sure that you set it to fresh air and not recirculation when you first enter your vehicle if you are lucky enough to have air conditioning. This works best once the vehicle has reached its desired temperature because recirculation draws in the interior air and typically works best.
To prevent carbon monoxide emissions from other vehicles being pulled into your car, set your air conditioner to recirculation. Get into the habit of switching fresh air when first use your air conditioner and then switch to recirculation after 10 minutes.