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    14 Genius Solutions For Your Hot Summer Car Problems

    Keep it cool.

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    1. Cool down a hot car quickly by opening the passenger window, then opening and closing the driver's-side door five to six times.

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    See it in action in this video.

    2. If the air outside is too hot to actually cool down your car, roll down or crack your windows, turn on the AC, and start driving.

    Once you feel the AC get cold, close the front two windows; a little bit later, close the back two. Watch an explainer of this technique here.

    3. Wherever you can, park in the shade.


    Yes, this is obvious, but it makes a big difference — your car is basically an oven, especially if it has a dark paint job. The less direct sun, the better.

    4. Keep a Koozie in the glove compartment to slide over your stick shift so you can drive.

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    It's kind of funny, but you might be very grateful to have it one afternoon. From this video.

    5. Quickly cool down your steering wheel and gear shift by wiping them down with water and a washcloth.

    According to Your Mechanic, as the water evaporates, it will cool down the surfaces. Just keep the washcloth in your glove box.

    6. Or fill a small spray bottle with water to spritz on buckles, your steering wheel, and whatever other plastic and metal is too hot to touch.

    7. Cover your windows with ShadeSox to help block out the sunlight that makes the backseat hotter than the front.

    It's basically like window tinting without having to tint your windows, although you do have to take them off to drive at night. Order a two-pack on Amazon for $19.97.

    8. Consider buying cooling seat covers, if you don't have cooling seats in your car already.

    These covers, $39.99 from Sharper Image, plug into the cigarette lighter and circulate the air around you — one review suggests adding a frozen water bottle to the pocket in the front to help keep even cooler.

    9. Cover any carseats with their own reflective sunshades.

    Order one from Amazon for $4.04 (as an add-on item).

    10. Remember to check your tire pressure whenever it gets ~really~ hot outside.


    Just like tires can have too little air pressure in the winter, they can end up with too *much* air pressure in the summer, according to Car Talk. That can wear out your tires faster, or in certain conditions cause tire blowouts. Check your car's manual for your manufacturer's recommended tire PSI.

    11. Wash your car in small sections — soap, then rinse, one or two panels at a time. (Or go through the car wash.)

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    This is especially helpful if you live in a dry, hot climate; you don't want the water to evaporate too quickly and leave dried soap spots all over your paint. Get more summer car washing tips from Car Cleaning Guru.

    12. Save gas by rolling your windows down and turning off the AC whenever you're driving below 55 mph.

    But when you're on the highway or going above 55, roll up the windows and turn up the A/C. Read more about why this works on Popular Mechanics.

    13. Adjust your car's emergency kit so you have everything you need for warmer weather.

    Among other things, you'll want to make sure you have one gallon plus one bottle of water per person who regularly rides in your car — especially if you're going to take a road trip. Get the whole checklist from NAPA's Know How Blog.

    14. Remember to use your car's sunshade!

    This isn't really a ~trick~, but it's your first line of defense against the sun. Look for one with a metallic material that reflects the sun out of the car.

    (This one's $10.99 on Amazon.)

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