August is the hottest month of the year, so figuring out how to keep your car cool when it’s hot outside is vital. The inside of your car can get dangerously hot at peak temperatures, so follow these tips on cooling it off.
If you have a garage, park your car inside. If not, leave the windows down if you’re comfortable—or just open them a crack—and try to park under a tree or somewhere in the shade. If you have to park somewhere without shade, it’s a good idea to invest in a sun shade that folds out and sits in your windshield to reflect the sun away from your car.
When you first get into your car, try changing the air so that you’re only using the bottom vents. Roll your windows down and let the cool air push the hot air up and out of the car. Once it cools off a bit, you can switch back over to the top vents.
If the sun is too hot or bright when you’re driving, you might want to look into getting your windows tinted. Always keep antifreeze in your car, as hot weather can lead to your engine overheating. And make sure your tires are inflated properly—hot weather can damage them if they’re underinflated.