Sick of the summer heat? Getting into a hot car can be a miserable experience and it can even be dangerous. If you're tired of burning yourself on your seat or steering wheel, there are some habits you can adopt (and equipment you can install) to keep your car cooler.
Take Care When Parking Your Car
When possible, you should always park your vehicle in a covered garage. If a covered garage isn't available, then you should park in a shaded area. If that still isn't an option, you should at least turn your car so that the sun isn't shining into the front window. Additionally, you should always use a sunscreen in your car, which will reflect the light (and therefore the heat). By reducing the amount of heat in your car, you'll make it easier to cool it once you get back in.
Add Wet Beach Towels to the Inside of Your Car
Wet beach towels, when laid down on the inside of your car seats, can diffuse temperature quickly. Just make sure that your vehicle dries out thoroughly each time, as otherwise, you could promote mold and mildew inside of your vehicle. If you're not wild about this idea, you can instead purchase a cooling seat cover.
Crack Open Windows in Your Vehicle
Leaving your windows open a crack (as long as it's in a safe area and the alarm is engaged), will help circulate air. Circulating air will keep a car cooler. Just don't expect to keep any living things safe. Even if the windows are open, the vehicle still isn't safe for children or pets.
Consider Tinting Your Car's Windows
Car window tint isn't just great for privacy, but it also blocks out UV rays. You can improve your driving safety when glare is entering your car and make your car faster and easier to cool by adding a little window tint. There are even tints that can block out UV rays without having to substantially darken the windows.
Get Your Coolant Recharged
If your AC has been slowly failing over time, it's likely that you need an AC recharge. ACs need maintenance just like any other part of the car. Coolant recharging may cost a few hundred dollars depending on your type of car, but it will also last quite a while.
Install Some New Features
Remote start and cooled seats are great upgrades if you want to increase the comfort of your vehicle. Remote start lets you start up your car before you get in, running your AC until it's a comfortable temperature. Cooled seats can actually save on gas mileage, as you may find that you're able to reduce the amount of air conditioning you rely on.
Before it gets hotter, you might want to consider some of the above modifications and start adopting a few new habits. For any of the installation information you need, the technicians at Auto Tek can help. Contact us today to get started on a path towards cool relief.