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How To Cool Down a Hot Car

Posted on by Wyatt Auto Services

Even when we do eventually get some good weather, us Brits will still find something to complain about, and driving isn’t exempt from this. Here’s one of our least favourite scenarios: leaving our car parked in the sun during the middle of the day and, upon our return, being welcomed with a stifling wall of air when we open the door.

So, what do we do about this? What’s the best way to cool our cars down in the summer?
This month, Wyatt Auto Services are on hand to answer that question.

Open The Windows

This is an obvious point, and the chances are this is the first thing you’ll do anyway, but get those windows open. On a hot day, even in England, your car can be up to 20 degrees hotter than the temperature outside, an extremely uncomfortable temperature for adults and a potentially deadly one for children and pets. So, with that in mind, the quicker you can get that excess heat out, the better.

The most common way of ridding the heat is to simply roll down both windows (and the sunroof, if you’ve got one) and then drive away.
However, here’s a better technique: roll down the passenger side window, and then open and close the driver’s side door five or six times. This sort of fanning technique forces much of the excess heat out of the car much quicker than you might think.

Use a Damp Cloth

Once you’ve sorted the excess cabin heat, it’s time to deal with the surfaces. If you touch your steering wheel immediately after you’ve entered the vehicle, it will be scalding hot.
To combat this, simply apply a cool damp cloth around its circumference and, once finished, do the same to the gear knob too.

Turn The Air Conditioning On

Again, simply turning the air conditioning on may seem like a given, but there are some important things to keep in mind before you go and crank the AC knob all the way to the right. Firstly, the idea that using the AC whilst the windows are down is wasteful is a common misconception, actually, it’s optimal.

Secondly, don’t turn the AC to its max setting. Usually, an automotive AC set to max will attempt to draw air from the passenger compartment, cool it, then blow it back at you; however, other AC settings will simply draw the air from outside. So, the problem is this: it’s a great deal hotter in your car than it is outside at the moment so, if you choose max, it will take longer for the AC to achieve the desired temperature.

 
Wyatt Auto Services are proud to be a leading provider of full vehicle servicing and MOTs throughout Barnsley and South Yorkshire. As a local, family run garage, we take a personal approach to our work, creating a service that is suited to your specific needs. If you would like to arrange to have your car serviced, repaired, or would like a free quotation, dont hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.

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