Surviving summertime can be challenging for those of us who live in the South. But thankfully, driving through these sweltering months doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips for drivers to beat the heat this season.

  1. To avoid a hot interior, drive with your windows rolled down and the AC on high. This will force hot air out of the car and circulate cooler air. Once the air is close enough to the temperature outside, roll up the windows and turn down the AC to a lower setting.
  2. To prevent grabbing a scorching hot steering wheel, turn the wheel 180 degrees before exiting your car. This ensures the side you’ll touch will be in the shade.
  3. If you’re experiencing foul odors in your car, which is common during summertime, tape a dryer sheet onto one of the AC vents. Once the AC is on, the scent will be released into your car. You can keep a backup stash box under your passenger’s seat in case it occurs again.
  4. There’s nothing worse than your AC breaking during summer. If you’ve got a while before the issue can be fixed, purchase a solar-powered car fan. These can be mounted to an open window and will expel hot air while creating air circulation. This won’t work, however, if you have tinted windows.
  5. Flat tires are common in summer due to driving on scorching roads. Underinflated tires are definitely at risk due to lack of air pressure putting the tire’s components under strain. During summer rainstorms, overinflated tires are at high risk of hydroplaning. Check your tread often by placing a penny into the tire’s groove with Lincoln’s head facing inward. If you see the top of his head, it’s time for a new set of tires.
  6. Due to hot temperatures and low coolant levels, you’re at high risk of an overheated engine during summer. If the warning signs are present – the temperature gauge is high, the warning lights are on, or there is steam coming out from the hood – pull over and turn off your engine. Wait for at least 30 minutes for the engine to cool down before opening the hood. If coolant levels are low, add more; however, if your tank was filled recently, you may have a leak and will need to call a professional.
  7. Sun damage not only happens to your skin but also to your car. Excessive exposure can cause your car’s paint and interiors to fade. Prevent this from occurring by parking in a garage when available and utilizing a dashboard sunshade.