Hot summer days can make your car feel like a sauna on four wheels!
At the peak of summer, the interior of your car can heat up to dangerous temperatures, meaning at times it can feel unbearable to drive! The interior of your car will trap the warm air and continue to heat it especially when sealed up tight. It is widely known that it is highly dangerous to leave children or animals in hot cars. So never do this.
Unfortunately not everybody has the luxury of air conditioning, but My Car Credit offer a few tips that can help to keep you, your children and your pets safe.
Leave your car in the garage overnight with the windows down or at least park it in the shade with the windows open for an hour before going somewhere.
Turn Your Car Around
It is not always possible to park in the shade but you can always turn your car around so that most of the sunlight will go into the back of your car to keep you from touching a boiling hot steering wheel or seat when getting into your car.
Roll down the windows and tweak your air vents
This sounds obvious but sometimes the noise and pollution of city driving may tempt you to keep the windows closed. You can increase the air circulation; if you have a fan operated fresh air vent, open it, turn on the fan, and open a rear window enough to draw a draft through your car. Opening the car’s sunroof or sliding back window will also draw a lot of fresh air.
Invest in a beaded seat cover
You see these in many hot foreign countries, a beaded car-seat cover will get air flow on your back and keep you from sweating profusely against hot car seats.
Pets in cars
When it’s 22C (72F) outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47C (117F) within 60 minutes. Leaving a window open or putting a sunshield on windscreens won’t be sufficient to keep your car cool, and your dog could die if left alone in a car. Although it is not an offence to leave a dog unattended in a car – when the temperature is appropriate, the dog will probably not be in danger if it is left for an appropriate amount of time. However, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the maximum penalty for neglect or cruelty to animals is 51 weeks imprisonment, and/or a fine not exceeding £20,000.
Always carry water with you – Make sure you are fully hydrated
It has been reported that not drinking enough water can have the same effect as drink driving. A study once found participants made more mistakes on a driving simulator task when they were mildly dehydrated than when they had plenty of fluids!