Make us your home page

Here's how to cool down your hot car

Ever get burned climbing into your car on a hot day? And then do it again the next day? It doesn't have to be like that. Anyone who has ever climbed into a car with black leather seats can attest how hot a car can get in the summer. Here are some tips from, Sun-Sentinel and Times staff. Times staff and wires

Park in the shade or garage whenever possible. Not always possible, of course, so invest in a sunshade that protects your car's interior from direct sunlight. A good car sunshade isn't cheap. Look for something with Mylar; skip the cheap thin stuff.

Splurge on window tinting if your car doesn't have any. It's best to go to a professional for a good quality tint job. Bonus: It usually adds to the resale value.

Leave your window open a crack to let heat escape if you must park in the sun. But don't crack it enough to invite in a thief while you're away.

Invest in steering wheel and seat covers with light colors that reflect heat. Black absorbs it and can burn your skin when you climb in during a hot day. At the very least, get some towels to cover the seats. You can remove them when you're getting in. Your derriere will thank you.

Have your air-conditioning checked if you don't feel cool air. These units need regular maintenance and filter changes just like your home unit.

Open the windows a bit when you crank the AC on when you first get in. This allows hot air to escape the car as cool air flows in.

Don't leave valuables in the car parked in the sun. Cellphones and tablets aren't made to withstand the high temperatures. CDs and DVDs are vulnerable as well.

Never leave a child or pet in a car in warm weather. Repeat: Never.

Before you buckle your child in, check the temperatures of the seat belts and buckles which can get very hot in the sun.

Here's how to cool down your hot car 09/06/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 6, 2012 4:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Heights Public Market to host two Tampa Bay food trucks


    TAMPA — The Heights Public Market announced the first two food trucks for its "rotating stall," which will feature new restaurants every four months. Surf and Turf and Empamamas will be rolled out first.

    Heights Public Market is opening this summer inside the Tampa Armature Works building.
[SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times file photo]

  2. Author Randy Wayne White could open St. Pete's biggest restaurant on the pier

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The story begins with Yucatan shrimp.

    St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, pilot Mark Futch, Boca Grande, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, and author and businessman Randy Wayne White,  Sanibel, exit a Maule Super Rocket seaplane after taking a fight around Tampa Bay off the St. Petersburg waterfront, 6/28/17.  White and his business partners are in negotiations with the City of St. Petersburg to build a fourth Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier with a second event space on the pier according to White. The group met near Spa Beach after a ground breaking ceremony for the new pier. "We want to have our business open by the time the pier opens," said White. Other Dr. Ford restaurants are located on Sanibel, Captiva and Ft. Myers Beach. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  3. Guilty plea for WellCare Health Plans former counsel Thaddeus Bereday


    Former WellCare Health Plans general counsel Thaddeus M.S. Bereday pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Florida Medicaid program, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set, acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow of the Middle District …

    WellCare Health Plans former general counsel Thaddeus M.S. Bereday, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Florida Medicaid program, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set, acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow of the Middle District of Florida stated Wednesday. [LinkedIn handout]
  4. DOT shows alternatives to former Tampa Bay Express toll lanes


    TAMPA — State transportation officials are evaluating at least a half-dozen alternatives to the controversial Tampa Bay interstate plan that they will workshop with the community for the next 18 months.

    Florida Department of Transportation consultant Brad Flom explains potential alternatives to adding toll lanes to Interstate 275 during a meeting Wednesday at DOT's Tampa office. Flom presented seven diagrams, all of which swapped toll lanes for transit, such as light rail or express bus, in the I-275 corridor from downtown Tampa to Bearss Ave. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON | Times]
  5. Claim: State pressured CFO, used secret recordings to shut down Universal Health Care


    ST. PETERSBURG — The founder of St. Petersburg's Universal Health Care alleges that Florida regulators conspired with the company's chief financial officer to drive the once high-flying Medicare insurer out of business.

    Federal agents raided the headquarters of Universal Health Care in 2013, ordering employees to leave the building. The insolvent St. Petersburg Medicare insurer was then in the process of being liquidated by state regulators.
[DIRK SHADD   |   Times file photo]