Las Vegas has one of the most excruciating summer weather. The heat almost makes driving unbearable. On a day that the temperature is 80°F, the car’s thermometer may read 120°F because the car traps heat from sunlight. Not only are such conditions harmful to the vehicle’s body with prolonged heat exposure, but it also puts you and your family (including pets) in danger.
In order to keep yourself, your family and your car safe from the heat, check out these following five car-cooling tips:
1. Park under a shade.
To keep your car cool and safe from the dangers of the sun’s harsh rays, try to park under the shade. Make use of your parking garage and public parking garages. If there are no shades, consider parking with the sun dropping onto the rear window, since the front seats and steering wheel will get hot if the rays fall on the front screen.
2. Use window shades.
You can put them on car seats to prevent the sun from heating the seats. Most vehicles have window shades in the front row, but some luxury rides and minivans have them on the second and rear rows as well.
3. Use sunshades.
A sunshade is a windshield cover that keeps the sun’s hot rays out of the car, ensuring that the inside temperature stays down. In addition, it allows the vehicle to cool faster than using air-conditioning, which will require more gas and therefore, money.
4. Keep the leather cool.
Steering wheels and seats can cause burns when hot, especially if they have leather covers. To avoid that, use cloth seat covers or place a towel over the leather seats during the hot months of the summer.
5. Watch out for all buckles.
Metal seat buckles absorb heat from the sun. Therefore, avoid handling them if the car stays long in the sun. Do not loosen the straps of the seat when the sun is hot.
Cooling without Air-Conditioning
Almost all cars have coolers in them, but they consume a lot of fuel, so you should try to look for cheaper options to keep your car cool. One way is to use a wet rag. Water is the best car coolant, especially for hard surfaces. A wet paper towel or piece of cloth can absorb the heat on such surfaces. Water cools the vehicle because it dissipates heat through evaporation. Keep water in a shade to avoid heating. You can also carry some of it in bottles if you are going on a trip during summer. Since pouring water on the body won’t do the job, it is appropriate to use a rag to make sure that water is evenly spread out on your car’s surface.
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