Driving In This Summer Heat? Check out these tips!

July 15th, 2010 by

It is officially summer time. We have had some serious heat waves. When you go on your vacation or a road trip, are you prepared for the heat? Did you know that the heat in your car can rise an additional 20 degrees on a 90 degree day? 

We are all aware that leaving your pets and children in the car for even a second could result in deadly consequences. I hate watching the news and hearing that someone has accidentally left their sleeping child in the car and ten minutes later they are gone. It’s horrible and heart breaking. 

Even on a normal day when you are driving in your car after it’s been parked outside for hours can be more than just uncomfortable. Imagine if your A/C wasn’t working properly and you have to drive with the windows down. Even with the windows down the temperature in your car can stay higher than the temperature outside causing burns and the like. 

Consumer Reports has put together some really good tips on driving in the summer heat together. I wanted to share them with you in hopes that you will remember them when you are driving in your new or used car. If you have any other questions or would like some additional tips you can call your local Dayton Cadillac dealer. We can help you be prepared. Whether it’s tinting your windows or offering window blinds to block out the sun. Let us know. We are here to help. 

When parking, reducing the amount of sunlight coming in through the windows can minimize heat buildup inside the cabin:

  • Park in the shade if possible.
  • If you need to park in sunlight and you have a sunroof, close the shade.
  • Put a sunshade in the windshield and another over the rear seat window, especially if you’ll be carrying children in car seats. Folding-type shades are easy to store while driving.
  • If you’re parking in a secure area and there won’t be any rain, lower each window an inch or two. If you have a sunroof, you can leave it in the tilt position to provide extra ventilation.

When getting into your car, be careful not to burn yourself on hot surfaces:

  • Open the windows for the first few minutes to let buildup heat escape.
  • Bring a towel to sit on if you’re wearing shorts and have leather or vinyl seats.
  • Be careful when buckling up to not touch the metal part of the seatbelt as you can burn yourself.
  • Keep a light pair of gloves in the car if you find the steering wheel too hot to handle.

Driving in hot weather presents unique challenges for passengers and pets:

  • If carrying children or pets in the backseat, bring plenty of water and snacks, and plan to stop more often to tend to them.
  • Remember that the rear seat and cargo areas in SUVs, wagons, and minivans can be considerably warmer than the front-seat area. If you’re carrying passengers back there, and there are no backseat temperature controls, adjust the front a/c vents so they direct air to the rear.
  • If you’re headed to the store, bring a cooler bag to keep frozen items from melting or defrosting before you get home.
  • Keep in mind that high temperatures can mean power outages, which means that any gas stations that are affected could be out of service. Filling up in the morning will help you be ready for the unexpected.

Do you have any tips you would like to share? Please post a comment and let us know. 

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