Much as we love that summer sun, it can make driving almost unbearable if it’s been beating down on your car for any length of time. As well as turning your car into an oven, it creates a real inconvenience having to wait for that interior temperature to drop to a comfortable level. The sun’s powerful rays can even damage your car’s interior, or any precious possessions you might have stored in there.
Get some relief from those soaring temperatures, and make your summer driving a more comfortable experience. Allianz Your Cover (www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk) provides you with these quick and simple tips to keep your car cool during the hot months ahead.
Seek out some shade
When that sun comes out, everybody’s searching for a shaded spot! It might mean parking a little further away than you’d like to find a shaded area, but the extra bit of legwork will all feel worth it when you get back to a car that isn’t going to roast you alive. Remember that those sunrays don’t beat down in the same spot all day, so if you’re parking for an extended period, aim for somewhere that provides a larger area of shaded cover.
Get your car some sunglasses
Investing in a good sunshade or window visor is as close as you can get to giving your car a pair of shades. It’s a tried-and-true method of keeping your car cool, and it can make a huge difference to that interior temperature – especially if you’re planning on being away from your car for an extended period. If you’re serious about reducing that temperature then double up, with a visor in both the front and rear windows.
Don’t forget the steering wheel
It’s not just the general interior temperature of your car that heats up to boiling point in the summer sun. You can get a nasty surprise when you sit down and put your hands on the wheel, forgetting that it’s been soaking up the sun’s rays too. When you leave your car, it’s really simple to just throw a hand towel over that steering wheel, and it means you can set off in your car more quickly as you won’t have to wait for the wheel to cool first.
Blankets aren’t just for the beach
If your car’s interior features leather or vinyl seats, you don’t need me to tell you how scalding hot these can get when they’re exposed to sunbeams and high temperatures for any length of time. Avoid that nasty shock when you first sit down by throwing a blanket over your seats when you leave the car to keep them cool.
Harness that solar power
The sun’s rays may be causing your hot car problems, but they can also offer up a solution. Invest in a solar-powered fan and harness the power of the sun to help that air circulate better. By creating air circulation, they work to lower your car’s interior temperature, making your summer driving experience a lot more pleasant.
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