Summer is officially here and that means temperatures in the high 90’s. Atlanta is known for its heat and fortunately, most businesses and homes are well equipped to meet the challenge. But what about your car? Your car can stay cool while it’s running, but when you park your car, the interior can quickly become like an oven. Here are top tips on how to keep your parked car cool this summer.
How to Keep Your Parked Car Cool This Summer
There are many ways to keep your parked car cool when the temperatures are approaching the triple digits. Combining these tips is your best bet to keep your vehicle’s temperature manageable. Keeping your vehicle’s interior temperature lower can also help prevent damage to internal electronics caused by heat waves.
Get a Sun Screen for Your Windshield
A sun screen is an affordable and easy way to not only keep the temperature inside your vehicle cooler but prevent damage to your dashboard and electronics caused by regular exposure to heat and UV rays.
Most sun screens block out light and act as an insulator to help keep the temperatures from climbing too high. You can get generic sun screens at your local auto supply shop. Many types of cars have screens designed to fit your vehicle’s windshield perfectly.
If you have a vehicle such as a minivan or SUV, you may be able to find a side window that is customized for your windows. These side window shades help block out even more sun without hindering your line of sight.
Keep Your Windows Cracked
Just like keeping your car’s window open for your dog can help keep Fido cooler while you’re at the store for a few minutes, keeping your windows cracked can help keep your vehicle’s electronics from getting damaged.
Of course, this suggestion depends on where in Atlanta you are! If you live or work in a fairly safe place in town – and especially if you have a clear view of your car from your home or office – then use your best judgment about whether it’s safe to leave your windows cracked. Always keep your vehicle’s safety in mind.
Cover your Seats and Dashboard
If you haven’t already gotten a sun screen for your windshield, then the next best option is to cover your dashboard with a beach towel.
Drape towels over your steering wheel and seats to keep them from getting too hot. If you have leather seats or a leather-wrapped steering wheel, you can also help prevent the leather from drying out and cracking due to the heat.
Park in the Shade
While this may not always be a possibility, parking in the shade can help keep the temperature in your car cool. When combined with a sun screen or keeping your windows open a crack, your car will be a comfortable temperature when you’re ready to go.
Park in a Parking Garage
Depending on where you work in Atlanta, you may have access to a parking garage. You may want to consider investing in a parking pass for the garage during the summer months. Not only will you keep your car cooler and comfortable in the short run, you’ll protect the interior from sun damage for a higher resale value in the long run.
Summer Car Repairs with T3 Atlanta
Summer in Atlanta is tough on cars, but repairs don’t have to be. If you think your Lexus, Toyota, Infiniti, or Nissan may have sun damage to interior electronics, call T3 Atlanta. We’ll help diagnose the problem and get your electronics working again in no time.