Welcome to Alabama in the summer where the heat is hot and your car’s even hotter! Did you know that only being parked out 10 minutes can cause your car’s interior temperature to increase more than 19º!
After scouring the internet, I found a few tried and true ways to help beat the heat! I went from Youtube and Reddit to News and AAA sites. These have all been tested by yours truly so please feel free to take them and run with them.
Ways to Beat the Heat
1) Find Shade…
If you are able to park in the shade or under a tree pick that option.
2) … Or Make Shade
Use a sun shield or visor to keep the heat out and save the interior of your vehicle.
3) Get Physical
Pump the heat out by rolling (is this still the accurate term now that it’s mostly mechanized?) your passenger side window down and fanning your driver’s side door 4-5 times. This has been proven as the quickest way to get the hot air out of your car quickly.
4) Inside Out
When you get inside your vehicle, make sure the air conditioning unit is turned to let air blow in from the outside. It sounds counterintuitive, but the air outside the car is still several degrees cooler than the inside so it won’t take as long to cool down.
5) There’s Always a Device to Buy
Get a device just for the kiddos. I have seen a Noggle that connects the AC in the front by a tube to provide AC directly to your kiddo. While these run usually around $40-$45 online and in stores, we’ve also found a way you crafty parents can DIY Noggle for around $15!
6) Be Prepared
The AAA recommends having an emergency kit just in case a summer breakdown occurs. The kit should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, and a first aid kit.
Good luck out there southern parents! This too shall pass… probably around December.
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Beth Ridgeway lives in Madison with her husband, daughter, and toy poodle. She works as the Social Media Specialist at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. When she’s not volunteering or working, you can find her binge watching Netflix, reading, or rehearsing improv.