Chill Out: How To Beat The Heat In Your Car this summer

It can be hard to resist spending hot summer days on the beach, traveling and other various outdoor activities. However, just like most things in life, too much of anything can be a bad thing. Too much heat and sun exposure can have detrimental effects on individuals if not treated properly. Here are essential tips that anyone can easily implement to keep your car protected and keep you safe from heat exposure. 



Vehicle protection from the sun: Rays from the sun paired with the scorching heat can cause some serious problems for your vehicle. Here are a few tips to help keep your car in great condition. 

  • Perform scheduled maintenance for your air conditioner, belts, hoses and cooling systems. Keeping those components in tip-top shape will ensure that you stay cool while traveling and save you costly repairs in the long run. 
  • Park in shaded areas when available. Constant sun exposure can ruin the paint job on your car. The best way to prevent this type of damage is to avoid as often as possible. Having a dedicated garage or parking spot in a shaded area will help immensely in this aspect. 
  • Invest in seat covers for your comfort. No one enjoys the scorching heat beneath them when they get into their car. To alleviate this, consider getting seat covers. Not only do they keep you cool, but they also protect from scratches, spills and sun damage. 



Protecting yourself from the sun: It is well known the damaging effects of too much sun exposure on the human body and it is also well known to use sunscreen. However, there is more that goes into sun protection for both adults and children. Here are tips that may be potentially overlooked.


  • Never leave children or animals in an unattended vehicle. This is especially important when temperatures can reach 100 degrees. The only caveat for animals is that owners of Tesla vehicles, have a pet mode that monitors and keeps optimal temperatures for the pets. 
  • Buy broad-spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreen comes in various strengths, and it is important to know which one will fit your needs. Some brands will offer sunscreen with SPF 50 for extreme sun exposure. 
  • Reduce exposure to UVA rays for small children, as they are more susceptible to their detrimental effects. Most windshields have a plastic interleaf applied to them that prevents breakage. However, side and rear windows offer little to no protection from UVA rays. Individuals do have the option of installing this feature, or equipping their side windows with shades in order to prevent possible damage.  


Stay cool: It's essential to keep cool without breaking the bank during summer. Listed below are a few simple, yet practical ideas that can help you beat the heat.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Travel only in the early morning or later in the evening to avoid peak temperatures. 
  • Have a damp handkerchief on hand to stay cool during walks or workouts.
  • Keep a spare change of clothes in your car to easily freshen up in case your afternoon turns unusually hot. 



Summer is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable seasons of the year. Implementing these tips will ensure that you and your family will keep the fun going all summer long. For more resources and articles, CLICK HERE.

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