Heat wave: eight alternative ways to stay cool without air conditioning

The experts in vacation car rental in StressFreeCarRental.com have outlined eight ways to stay cool and enhance your driving experience while traveling during the summer.

Although most new cars come with a sufficient climate control system, many drivers still have to endure sweltering conditions while on the road.

There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a hot car on a long drive; however, sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially if you’re commuting to work or going on a road trip.

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Those who have air conditioning but are looking to reduce their car expenses should also consider alternatives, as the use of air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.

Among those making the list of suggestions are freezing water bottles to use as ice packs and protecting your car from the sun with a dash cover.

A spokesperson for StressFreeCarRental.com said: “Driving in the scorching sun can make motorists feel dizzy and sick from heat exhaustion, which in turn is dangerous for all road users.

“There are some cost-effective alternatives that help motorists beat the heat and prevent accidents while out and about on a hot day.”

Here are the best tips from StressFreeCarRental.com to cool down without the help of an air conditioner:

Be sure to take a refreshing cold drink with you on your trip to avoid dehydration and store it under the seat to keep your temperature cool.

Hang a damp rag over the vent.

The exhausted air will be much cooler, but make sure you have some damp rags ready to replace it as it will dry out pretty quickly. Also remember to take them out of your car and wash them afterward to prevent mold.

Freeze water bottles to use as ice packs

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

There’s nothing worse than getting into a boiling hot car at the end of the day, so be mindful of where you leave your vehicle. Under the trees is the obvious choice, but you can also try to find a big rig or truck for shade.

A portable fan can make all the difference, even on the hottest days of summer. These fans are small but mighty when it comes to cooling down while you’re stuck in a hot car.

Although cold packs do not provide a long-term solution, they can be used for quick relief from heat.

Put a dash cover on your car’s windshield to keep sunlight out of the car’s interior. You won’t be as overwhelmed by the heat if you don’t have to touch hot vinyl surfaces.

Keep the windows slightly broken

Obviously it’s not a good idea to open the windows all the way, but leaving just a small crack will promote ventilation and help keep the car cool.

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