Good news: the snow and ice of winter is long gone and summer’s here! Bad news: It’s bringing some scorching hot days with it. In fact, USA Today reports that this could be the hottest summer we’ve seen since 1896. That means at least a portion of your drive time will include red-hot door handles, bare skin against toasty seats, and an AC unit that just doesn’t seem strong enough or fast enough to stop you from melting into a giant puddle of sweat.
To help make your road trips—long and short—more bearable, keep the following super simple tips in mind!
Timing is Everything
In today’s 24/7 world, it can be difficult to schedule all of your errands, shopping trips, appointments, etc. But when you can, save your longer outings for later in the day. If you spend just enough time looking for just the right cantaloupe, for example, the evening sky could help you avoid planting yourself on a sizzling hot seat!
Whether your day has you hitting the big shopping mall across town or hopping from one friend’s house to another, street-level parking may seem like a luxury. After all, it’s pretty convenient. You simply pull into a spot, park your car and walk a few feet to your destination. But if a parking structure is available, head that way instead! Consider giving up that little luxury to keep your car out of the harsh midday sun. Mobile phone apps like Parker and SpotHero can help you find a garage parking spot ahead of time!
Made in the Shade
If there’s no parking structure available, choose street-level parking near a tall building that will shield your vehicle during shorter trips. Keep in mind the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so if you find a shady spot, it probably won’t stay that way all day.
Another way to give your car a break from the summer sun? Put a windshield sunshade up! You can make your own DIY sunshade with stuff you probably already have lying around your house. If you’re not feeling crafty, they’re pretty cheap to buy. (This windshield sunshade from Wal-Mart costs less than $10!)
Roll ‘Em Down
Sure, rolling down your windows and opening up the sunroof may sound like a no-brainer, but sometimes traffic, distractions, or even the smells of the city can distract us from doing so. Some cars even allow you to lower the windows either by pressing on and holding down the “unlock” button on the key fob, or by turning the key in the driver’s side door and holding it there briefly as the windows go down. As far as cool car features are concerned, this is the next best thing to cheap car insurance. A tip: Stand back, because on especially warm days the heat escaping from the vehicle can really sock you!
How do you keep your car cool during hot summer days? Lots of ice cubes? Running a fan off of your car charger port? Hey, whatever works! Let us know in a comment below!
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