Can you believe temperatures in Norwich have hit 32°C in the shade?
While the heatwave is perfect weather for a trip to the beach or a picnic in the park, it presents a very unpleasant (and sticky!) reality for motorists across the city. A study by HeatKills found, when outdoor temperatures range between 25 to 35°C, temperatures inside a parked car parked can rocket to between 55 to 75°C. Getting into your car after a hard day’s work in these temperatures can be more than a little unpleasant. So much so, you may be unable to touch your steering wheel without burning yourself! Does this scenario sound familiar? Then try Kirby’s top tips for quickly cooling your during a heatwave.
Top Tip #1 // Fan the door and utilise your air conditioning
First, open the window of the passenger-side window. Next, open the driver side door and “fan” the door from the outside; rapidly push it forwards and backwards, stopping just short of shutting the door. Repeat the process six to eight times before getting in your car. With the window down, you will have created a low-pressure area to suck out the hot air and pull the cool air in.
Top Tip #2 // Start driving BEFORE you switch on the air-con
This catches out a lot of people. Your air-con system requires air to move over the condenser; therefore, sitting in a stationary car will not cool it very quickly. Instead, turn on your air conditioning on while driving. Set the temperature to the coldest setting with the fan speed at its highest. Next, use the fresh air setting until the temperature inside the car drops below the outside temperature, then switch to recirculate.
Top Tip #3 // Roll down your windows
If you follow the advice above, you’ll probably get a blast of hot air when you first turn the air-con. Don’t worry: after a few minutes, the temperature will start to cool. However, to carry you over to this point, roll down your windows for a minute or two to blast out the initial hot air. Once the car has cooled to a comfortable temperature, roll the windows up for the rest of your journey.
Top Tip #4 // Invest in a sun shade
Sun shades are foldable covers for your windshield. They are coated in reflective chrome to deflect sun rays away from your vehicle and prevent uncomfortable temperatures. Simply place them in any window that faces the sun. A useful tip would be to park with the front of your car facing the sun; that way, a sun shade can be easily secured across your windscreen.