There are lots of reasons to keep your car cool in the summer. No one likes opening a car door to find a gust of hot air that makes getting back in your car sound about as pleasant as walking through fire. But keeping your car cool isn’t just about comfort. It’s about keeping the space a modest temperature, so liquids and other items don’t melt and ruin the interior of your car. All that excess heat can lead to nasty odors, melted food, and other unpleasant situations. Use these tips to keep your car cool this summer.
Park in the Shade
The best and easiest way to avoid all that extra heat is to park in the shade. Of course, this isn’t always possible if all the parking spots are sitting in direct sunlight. But if you can, try to find a spot that’s out of the sun, such as under a tree or in the parking garage. You might have to walk an extra block to work or pay a small fee to put your car in the garage, but it will be worth it when you have to drive home.
Use a Windshield Cover
A windshield cover is a great alternative to parking in the shade. They’re usually pretty cheap, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to stay cool. Just remember to stick it in on the dashboard to keep the sunlight out of your car all day long. One side should be reflective to make sure that you’re bouncing the heat and light out of your car.
Keep Foods and Liquids Out of the Sun
This won’t keep your car cool, but it will help you avoid some unpleasant situations. If you have a piece of food or a drink sitting in the cupholder or the center console, either throw it out or put it in the glove box, so you don’t come back to a melted mess.
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