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There’s nothing worse than getting into a sweltering car that’s hotter than it was outside.  We’ve got you covered for the the summer, just keep these tips in mind when it comes to your car and you’ll stay cool until the chill returns to the air this fall.

  • Having the right accessories for you car can make it a lot easier to keep it cool!  Sun shades, seat covers, and steering wheel covers can make a big difference in keeping your car cool while it’s parked without the air conditioning on.  Check out our blog that will give you more info on these items and where you can get them.
  • If you don’t want to spring for seat covers, bring some towels along and put them over the seats while you’re out of the car, especially if you have leather seats as those can seriously hurt to sit in if they get too hot.
  • Park in the shade if possible, if you can find a garage that’s even better.  The less sunlight your car is exposed to, the cooler it will be when you have to get back in.
  • Leave your windows open a crack, but not wide enough for someone to put their arm through.  If your windows are open while the car is parked it will allow for some air ventilation, and even a little bit can make a difference on a hot summer day.
  • Before getting into your car, leave the doors open for a few minutes to allow the stale hot air to filter out and cooler air to filter in.
  • Check your fluids in the car, pay close attention to the oil, especially if you’re going on a road trip, and coolant.  Coolant is what keeps your engine from over heating and is especially important in the summer with the heat from the outdoors adding to the already extreme heat underneath the hood of the car.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated.  Tire pressure fluctuates with the air temperature, and here in New England we can go from a humid day in the 90’s to a breeze day in the 70’s.  Over or under-inflated tires can lead to problems down the line or your tire could even explode, which would not only be dangerous but of course a major inconvenience.  Take the time to check your tires’ pressure especially if your car has been parked for a long time.

These tips will definitely help keep your car cool, but there are also a few other things to remember in the heat.  Definitely don’t leave CDs or DVDs out in the sunlight, put them in a case or underneath your seat to protect them from the damaging rays of the sun.  The most important thing to remember is to never leave kids or pets in the car unattended, summer heat can be deadly in minutes so even if it’s a “quick trip into the store” do not leave them unattended.  Keep these tips in mind and the rest of your summer will be safe and cool.

Photo By: Eric Cherup