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Chloe Martell

August 6, 2018

Driving advice 4 min read

This sweltering heats, unfortunately, means that hopping into your car feels similar to throwing yourself into the middle of an active volcano. Your bare skin often sticks and burns to the leather seats, you feel like you can see the heat waves coming off of the steering wheel, and the air within the car is at a solid zero. This is not the best way to start a journey, and if it stays like it, we’re not going to make it very at all! We’ve pulled together our top tips on cooling your car down and more importantly, how to stop it from getting so hot in the first place!

1. Open the windows – stat!

As soon as you get into your car and switch on the engine, it’s a good idea to open both windows as a first. This will help the hot air in your car escape. Swinging your car doors helps this along, but make sure you only do it if you’ve got room to do so!

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2. Quick! The air con!

It goes without saying, doesn’t it? Putting the air conditioning on to its coldest setting will cool you down – who knew? In fairness, it can take a minute to actually get cold, so it’s worth leaving your windows open until it’s giving you colder air than outside.

Don’t forget – if your air con isn’t working as well as it used to, it may need re-gassing! Pop to your local garage and get a mechanic to check it out for you.

3. I need water!

You may be in a rush, but taking a cold drink with you can be a lifesaver – especially when you’re gasping before the air con kicks in!

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These tips are great for cooling down as quickly as possible, and staying cool on the road – but what can we do to stop our car from getting so damn hot in the first place?!

1. Sun, sun go away

Parking away from direct sunlight will prevent your car from heating up so much. Granted, parking under a tree probably means your car will be covered in more bird poo than usual (lovely, isn’t it) – but you’ll thank yourself for it when you’re not hopping into a roasting car.

2. Create your own shade

If you don’t have the luxury of parking under a tree or in a garage, you can create your own shade within your car. Windscreen sun shades will keep out as much light as possible and can be picked up for a couple of pounds. If you haven’t yet got one – try using jackets or coats to cover the parts you’ll be touching (your steering wheel, gear stick etc).

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3. Leave your windows open

Leaving your windows open just slightly, will allow cooler air to circulate around your car when it’s parked up. Of course, don’t open them too much (having a thief getting in your car will cause more stress than dealing with the heat). If you are leaving your windows open slightly, make sure you’re alarm is activated and your car is locked!

Whatever it is you decide to do to keep cool this summer, using these tips will help to make sure your drives are as comfortable as possible!

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By Chloe Martell

'As a new driver, I'm so eager to share my driving journey with you all - from when I was a learner, going through my test and all the aspects of my driving life now, including my love of cars!'  See more posts by Chloe

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