Most people have started to notice that the dog days of summer are getting hotter and lasting longer. Every year, it gets a little bit more challenging to successfully beat the heat.
Staying in the shade, drinking plenty of water, turning up your air conditioning, and taking a cold shower are a few ways to stay cool during the summer. By following these same principles, you can also keep your car cool too.
Here are 11 more tips that can help keep your car cool:
Park in Your Garage
This tip doesn’t apply to everyone as lots of people don’t have a garage. However, nearly 25 percent of Americans have said that their garage is too cluttered to use for parking.
If you are one of these people, then it might be time for some cleaning and a yard sale. Not only can parking in your garage keep your car much cooler in the summer, but it’ll also protect your paint from the elements too.
Use a Windshield Shader
Although some windshield shaders can look a bit silly, they are extremely effective at keeping your car cool. Your windshield is the primary entry for sunlight to flood your car. A windshield shader can block and prevent these harmful rays from gaining access.
There are tons of different designs and pricing options for windshield shaders. The more expensive ones are made from materials that are more effective at absorbing heat. But even opting for a cheap one can make a big difference in terms of temperature.
Get Your Windows Tinted
Tinting your windows is kind of like giving your car a pair of sunglasses. The tint will block the amount of sunlight that passes through your windows and into your car.
It’s important to note that there are all kinds of various state-mandated restrictions on tint. You’ll need to read up on your state’s specific laws before you apply any tint.
Use a Parking Garage
Parking is a significant concern for just about every major city in the United States. As a result, more cities are selecting to build parking garages to maximize the space for more cars. You might not always be able to park in a garage, but you should take the opportunity if one is available.
If not, then park in the shadiest area that you can. Be careful parking under trees, though. Tree sap, bugs, and bird droppings are some of the worst things for your paint job. Try to use artificial shading, like buildings instead.
Cover Up Your Steering Wheel
Your steering wheel is located directly underneath your windshield. This layer of glass is nowhere near enough to protect your steering wheel from the sunlight. It doesn’t take long before your wheel can get very hot.
A steering wheel cover is a great way to improve your grip on the wheel while keeping it cooler. Alternatively, you could simply toss a towel or old shirt over it and remove it before driving. Plastic and vinyl steering wheels can get extremely hot, so either option is a smart way to prevent burning your hands.
Leave Your Windows Cracked
Leaving your windows cracked is a bit of a risky move; you'll need to be careful. Highly skilled car thieves can gain entry into a car when the windows are rolled up. When the windows are cracked, it doesn't take nearly as much skill to get in.
You definitely don’t want to leave your windows all the way down, but a slight crack of an inch or so should work. Remember that heat rises: Your car will be better circulated and a little bit cooler than if your windows were all the way up.
Use a Dash Cover
Sunlight and plastic do not mix, and prolonged exposure to sunshine can damage your dash. It doesn’t take very much exposure to sunlight before your dash can appear faded and start to crack. That’s not even mentioning how quickly vinyl surfaces can heat up.
Using a dash cover can protect your dash from getting damaged and keep your car cooler. Dash covers and windshield shaders are often confused for one another, but they are very different.
Windshield shaders are a removable item that covers the inside of your windshield and is primarily made of a foil-type material. Dash covers are form-fitting tailored covers made of soft and plush materials.
Cover Up Your Seats
Depending on the upholstery of your seats, you could be in for a rude awakening when you sit down in the summer. Leather is especially notorious for getting really hot in the summer.
There are many customizable seat covers sold that can give your interior some more style. For example, beaded seat covers can make your interior more unique, make your seat more comfortable, and help with air ventilation
On the other hand, you can simply throw a blanket over your seat when you're parking in the sun. Either option is a good way to avoid having hot and sticky upholstery attaching itself to very sensitive areas.
Install a Solar Fan
Sometimes the best thing you can do is to fight fire with fire. If you can’t avoid the sunlight, then use it to your advantage.
Installing a solar fan in your car is a modern solution to age-old cooling problems. The fan is easily attached to the top of your window and has a solar panel that faces outward. So when the sun starts beating down on your car, it will actually help to cool it down.
Using two fans can create more effective air circulation in your car and cool it down even more. Or you could opt for a more expensive model that comes with a larger solar panel. A larger panel means more power for the fan and a cooler interior.
Get Your Air Conditioning Serviced
Depending on where you spend your summers, you might consider air conditioning to be mankind’s greatest invention.
It’s best to make sure your AC system is fully functional before summer gets too brutal. Replacing your air filter, topping off your coolant, and even cleaning your air vents can make a big difference in how cool your AC can get.
If you are still having issues, you might want to have it serviced by a professional. AC might not be essential to your vehicle functioning, but it’s about as close to essential as possible.
Hold Open Your Door Before Getting in
The most simple and cheapest solution on this list: open your car and wait a minute before getting in. All you have to do is open your car door, roll down your windows, and wait for a minute or two. It won’t dramatically throw off your day, but it can definitely cool off your car by a few degrees.
Hot Rods on Hot Days
The summer heat is harsh and unforgiving. Being ill-prepared for another hot summer can end up making any car trip miserable. Following the tips listed above can help prevent you from sitting in a sauna and pouring sweat.
Plus, consider spraying down your car with some cool water, and giving it a thorough washing with some soap can help cool it off a little. Applying a layer of Shine Armor’s Fortify Quick Coat won’t cool it down, but it seals and protects your paint. Think of it like sunscreen for your car.
You’ll probably need to employ a few of the tips listed above, but cooling down your car is worth the experimentation.