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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 AutoMD.com, 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]
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