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Keeping Your Car Cool
We all know it can be a living nightmare getting in a hot car, especially with the recent temperatures! This goes double for cars with leather seats, so today we’re talking about some of the methods used for cooling your car quickly or how to avoid it getting as hot in the first place.
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Keeping your car cool by parking in the shade seems like an obvious place to start. Despite that it’s often overlooked and it can be the most effective way to deal with the issue. This is because it’s easier to prevent your car getting hot than having to spend time cooling your car. We understand there may not always be a space available under a tree or building shade. If you have the facilities at home, it’s always worth it to park in the cool shade. This works especially well at keeping your steering wheel & gear stick from becoming too hot to touch.
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If you can’t avoid the heat, then the next best thing to quickly reduce the heat is by opening as many doors as you can, or at least the driver and passenger door. This will allow air to flow and cool the inside of your car. If you need to cool your car quicker, you can carefully use one of the doors as a paddle to push air through faster.
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If shade isn’t an option and you don’t have room or time to waft air through with your doors then bring your own shade. It isn’t a perfect solution but just like parking in the shade, the temperature of the steering wheel, gearstick and car will be far more comfortable than if the car was left in direct sunlight.
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Cooling your car With AC
Another method is by slightly cracking your window and allowing the A/C to reuse the air in the car rather than suck in hot air. This will make cooling your car less effort for the AC, making it kick in faster and have less impact on your driving. It is important to note that we do note advise leaving your windows cracked if you plan to leave your car unattended.
If it’s your actual car temperature that’s getting hot and not just the discomfort of heat inside the drivers cabin. If this is the case then the safest option is to pull over, let your car cool and get it repaired immediately. However if you’re in a situation where you’re unable to do so such as being on the motorway with no nearby exits or sufficient hard shoulder space. In this case the quick fix you can do to try and buy some time is by putting your heating on full blast. This will warm up the inside of your car quite a bit which seems counter intuitive to prior points. But the important part is that the heat you get in the cabin is heat extracted from the engine. This isn’t a permanent solution, it’s barely a temporary one but it will likely buy a small bit of extra time to get to a safe spot to pull over.
When you pull over remember not to ope your water reservoir as hot steam can come out at a surprisingly fast rate and leave you with nasty burns on your skin. It’s best to be safe and get a tow service to remove your car and bring it to a garage to cool and be repaired.