How To Cool Off Your Car From The Summer Heat

Aluminum coverlet on the windshield of the car to protect from heat and sun inside.

When it is warm outside, the interior of your car can become incredibly warm. That’s why you should never leave children or kids unattended in your car. You know you can turn up the air conditioning, but what else can you do? Discover some tips to cool off your car from the summer heat.

Find a Shady Parking Spot

If you only follow one tip to keep your car cool, this is the one to follow. Whenever possible, park in the shade. If the sun can’t reach your car, it won’t overheat. It is worth the extra few minutes of searching for a shady spot to keep your car cool. If you will be parked for a while, keep in mind how the sun (and shade) will shift.

Use Window Visors or Sunshades

If you don’t already have sunshades or window visors, go and get some. These are incredibly affordable and highly effective. Get in the habit of putting the visors or shields into place every time you park in the sun. Do so even if you will only be there for a few minutes. You’ll appreciate the difference when you get back in your car.

Crack the Windows

You probably see a lot of cars with windows slightly cracked open, especially in the summer. This is intentional. Hot air rises, and this takes advantage of that scientific fact. The hot air in your car will rise and can potentially slip out the crack. Just make sure not to open the window too much, or you may attract thieves.

Use a Dashboard Cover

When buying covers or shades for your windows, add some focus for your dashboard. Yes, the front window shade can help somewhat. But your dashboard can still get incredibly hot if it’s in the sun. That’s especially true if you are in a rush and forget to put up the visor.

Dashboard covers not only keep your dashboard cool to the touch but also prevent them from fading. The result is that you won’t have to look at a dingy dashboard or pay to replace it.

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Get a Steering Wheel Cover

If your hands may rest on a surface in your car, you want to keep it cool. The steering wheel is a clear priority for surfaces you want to keep cool.

There are a few routes you can take with this tip. One is to just leave a towel or something in your car. Throw it over your steering wheel before you leave the car. The other option is to install a more permanent steering wheel cover. Just stay away from black or choose a material that stays cool.

Don’t forget to give your car a tune-up and confirm the air conditioning is up to the challenge of the summer heat. Cavender Ford in Columbus, Texas, has a service center to help you with just that.