Seven ways to cool down your stifling hot car without air con

A heatwave has hit Cambridgeshire this week, making for lovely weekends and holidays but a stifling car journey to and from work. The Met Office says the heatwave will bring three days of temperatures at 30C or higher. An official heatwave in the UK happens when an area has “at least three consecutive days with daily maximum temperatures meeting or exceeding the heatwave temperature threshold”.

Whether it’s driving to or from work or taking the kids on a day-trip, driving is often unavoidable no matter how much you don’t want to sit in your vehicle. So it’s massively important to know the best ways to keep cool and not to rely solely on air conditioning which can increase fuel consumption by as much as 20 per cent. Follow these seven top tips to keep cool in your car this summer according to motoring experts LeaseCar.uk:

1.

Hang a wet rag over the middle vent of the car

The air that blows through will be much cooler, but make sure you have a few wet rags ready to replace it with as it will dry out quickly. Remember to take them out of your car and wash them afterwards, to prevent mildew.

2. Drive with wet hair

As the moisture evaporates, your scalp will cool off, bringing down the temperature of your whole body.

3.

Freeze water bottles to use as ice packs

Wrap a frozen bottle in a towel and rest it against your seat behind your neck. Once it thaws, you’ll have ice cold water to drink and cool off too.

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4. Park in the shade

There’s nothing worse than climbing into a boiling hot car at the end of the day, so be mindful of where you leave your vehicle.

Under trees is the obvious choice – but you can also try to find a large truck or lorry for shade.

5. Use a dashboard cover

You won’t feel as overwhelmed by the heat if you don’t have to touch hot vinyl surfaces, so use a fabric or upholstered dashboard cover to protect sensitive vinyl from sun damage that can cause cracking and fading.

6. Keep windows slightly cracked

It’s obviously not a good idea to leave your windows all the way open but leaving just a small crack will promote ventilation and help to keep your car cool – just be sure that you can’t fit your arm through.

7.

Get a solar-powered mini-fan

A solar-powered fan can make all the difference, even on the hottest summer days.

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