When you hear the catchy sound of Mungo Jerry wafting out of shops and cafes then you know that Summer is on the way. We hope that the weather will be good and all will be right with the world as we slip our pale pasty bodies into inappropriate shorts and appalling ‘Hawaiian’ shirts.
While all this planning is going on it pays to make sure the car is serviced and tuned ready to roll out into the inevitable traffic jams which always occur when the weather is at it’s hottest and most humid. During the sunny peak of those glorious few months the inside of a motor can heat up and become anything from ten to twenty degrees warmer than the outside temperature making driving almost unbearable. Not everyone is fortunate enough to luxuriate in the wonders of climate control features and, of course, it goes without saying that we have to think about our children and pets too, so here are five tips for keeping cool at the wheel.
Your Biggest Fan
Did you know that low-cost ventilators and fans are available, either solar or 12v socket powered? Easily fitted to windows or dashboards they can help augment struggling air-con systems or the usually hopelessly inadequate cold fan setting on older vehicles.
Not just for babies and with a unique stick-on suction mesh design with a lightweight frame, reinforced, these are easy to fit and do a decent job protecting occupants from the continual glare of the sun. The good thing about them is that, used diligently, the fine mesh also allows for driver visibility.
You know what it’s like. Our cars are parked up for hours in a steaming, shadeless car park and upon returning we find that the interior is like a furnace; a sauna. It is hotter than Hades and if the unfortunate owner happens to have selected leather upholstery it has become hot enough to physically stick to skin. It’s an unhappy experience so why not solve the problem with a full-width windscreen sunshade? They help keep the car cooler, block UV rays and, in time, will protect dashboards from fading and ultimately cracking. They don’t cost a lot either.
A Cool Seat
Many cars these days have heated seats. More recently though cooled seats have begun to make an appearance and it is wonderful on a hot day. Unfortunately, they are not yet making an appearance in too many UK registered cars right now. Perhaps manufacturers think that with our climate it isn’t worth bothering!
Thankfully car seat cooling pads or cushions are available, usually online for around a tenner. These seat cushions have a multi-purpose use and every driver should have one. Why not treat all the passengers too; they’ll thank you for it.
The Free One
Our last suggestion costs absolutely nothing and it’s simple; dress appropriately for the conditions and sitting for extended periods of time. A hot driver is a stressed driver so it just makes sense to take a break and sit in a cool cafe for a while and enjoy an enlivening coffee. Drive safe this Summer and remember that all the cars available
through our award-winning, one-stop website are thoroughly AA checked
and have efficient air conditioning or climate control.