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How To Keep Your Car Cool During The Summer Months

How To Keep Your Car Cool During The Summer Months

Posted On 05 Jul, 2014

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Motoring in the summer can be a huge pleasure, but sweltering in traffic jams is no fun. Luckily, there are easy ways to maximise the enjoyable sides of the sun, and cut down on arguments and heat-related stress.

Firstly, you need good air conditioning. The first thing to do is check that your refrigerant is topped up, and that it isn’t leaking. Your local mechanic is the best person to visit regarding this.

You also want to ensure the filters through which cold air circulates are clean. If these are blocked, the cooler air isn’t going to move through your car effectively. Again your mechanic will keep an eye on this for you.

Whilst it isn’t always possible, travelling at night is another simple but effective tip. Obviously, avoid parking your car in the sun, freeze bottles of water, and then wrap them in a towel and keep them handy in the glovebox for a cool drink. You can purchase shades to set up under the windscreen if you absolutely can’t find a shady parking space.

General maintenance is important when the mercury rises. Keep coolant levels topped up; motor oil, brake fluids and even windscreen wash will all need a little extra attention. Another important element to check is the volume of air in the tyres. Poorly or over inflated tyres can run hot in scorching spells, a danger you want to avoid.

Tinting your windows can be another option, but you need to check on the legislation where you live, as certain countries maintain different laws on window tinting.

Most importantly, don’t underestimate just how quickly heat can rise in your car. Figures vary, but advisors suggest that temperatures can rise some 150 degrees in less than an hour in the wrong conditions. Obviously never leave children or pets locked inside a parked car.

Something else to consider is the steering wheel. Black steering wheels, and for that matter gear knobs, can become burning hot to the touch in summer. You can buy covers for these, or if they do become dangerously hot, wait before starting your journey.

When in the sun with the windows closed, your car is essentially a mini greenhouse. It really, really pays to park out of the sun. It’s the one top tip you really should pay attention to.

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