5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CAR COOL THIS SUMMER
The warm weather is finally here! And with warm weather comes warm cars. Here’s how to keep your vehicle from getting too hot even when you can’t find a shady parking spot. This quick list will make sure that you and your car don’t melt this summer!
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH COOLANT
Coolant is responsible for keeping your engine cooled. Without enough coolant, your car could overheat and cause serious damage to its internal parts. Coolant is an essential aspect of your vehicle that must be maintained to keep your car cool and healthy.
CHECK YOUR VEHICLE’S HOSES
If you have checked your coolant in your radiator and your car is still hot, try and check your hoses. Your hoses are the only way for cool air to circulate to the cab of your car, so maintaining them in the hot weather is essential. Be sure to visually check them for leaks, cracks, and peeling. They should feel firm. Your coolant isn’t doing much good if it’s not properly circulating through the hoses, and extreme heat can damage a worn hose. While your engine is still warm squeeze the hose. If even one part is squishy or soft, you need to replace it before it fails.
INVEST IN A SUNSHADE
For the days when you can’t find the perfect shady spot, a sunshade is going to be your best friend. These shades block out the sun’s UV rays that heat up your car which will prevent the heat from overwhelming your vehicle’s interior. Due to the limited amount of the UV rays entering your car because of your sunshade, you will also feel the effects of your air conditioner much sooner.
KEEP YOUR WINDOWS CRACKED
While it is generally a bad idea to keep your windows all the way down when parking it in public, keeping them even a tiny bit cracked open will only help keep your vehicle cool. The movement of new air into your car will help filter that stagnant hot air out of your car and majorly cool it down. Check to be sure that you can’t fit your arm through the crack in your window, also be sure to check the forecast and leave your window rolled up if it is expected to rain. Even a small crack will promote ventilation and help to keep your car cool.
COVER YOUR DASH, YOUR STEERING WHEEL AND SEAT BELTS
If a sunshade is too expensive or too difficult to use, you can use just a few blankets and handcloths. Even draping the blanket over the steering wheel or driver’s seat will make a big difference. Blankets are also perfect to keep your seatbelts from becoming too hot; place a blanket over the seat belt buckles after you’ve exited your vehicle to prevent the sun from beaming down on them.