Tips against heat in the car
In summer, the car quickly becomes an oven – with temperatures of over 60 degrees. The dangerous consequences: drivers lose their concentration, and the risk of accidents increases. So you can drive safely even in summer.
● Open the doors and sunroof of the sun-heated vehicle and ventilate well
● When you start driving, set the ventilation to the highest level
● Never leave children or animals in the car
Good to know: A sun protection mat previously placed on the windshield significantly reduces the heating of the interior.
If you have leather seats in your car, you shouldn’t wear shorts or skirts as the leather cover heats up a lot.
Many drivers believe that they are well protected from UV radiation behind the car window. That is only partly true. The front window protects against UV-A and UV-B radiation as far as possible – the side windows allow UV-A radiation to pass through, which can cause premature skin aging and, in the worst case, skin cancer.
For optimal protection, you can cover the rear side windows with a special sun protection film. Incidentally, this filters out not only the UV but also the infrared radiation, which is responsible for the heat in the vehicle.
If you are driving for a long time on sunny days, think of adequate UV protection through suitable clothing or sunscreen. Children’s sensitive skin, in particular, needs effective protection.
If you cool down the car’s temperature too much using the air conditioning, you can get circulatory problems. The difference between inside and outside temperature should, therefore, not be too great. Open all ventilation nozzles and adjust them so that the airflow is not directed directly at the parts of the body, otherwise there is an increased risk of colds and flu.
For short journeys, you should do without the air conditioning and instead open the windows. For longer journeys, experts recommend leaving the windows open for at least the first few minutes until the air conditioning cools down. Turn off the air conditioning a few minutes before you reach your destination and just leave the ventilation on.
Never leave children or animals in the car
In summer, the car quickly becomes an oven – with temperatures of up to 60 degrees Celsius. Even slightly open windows make no difference. An examination of identical vehicles with different window openings at an outside temperature of 28 degrees Celsius resulted in almost the same picture: within a very short time, the temperature inside the vehicle reached threatening values. If the windows remained closed, 38 degrees were measured after ten minutes and even 45 degrees after 20 minutes. If two windows were slightly open, the values still reached 36 and 42 degrees Celsius (after ten and 20 minutes, respectively).
It is irrelevant whether it is a white or black vehicle – the experts did not determine any difference in heat development depending on the paint color.
When traveling by car in summer, make sure you are hydrated. For example, water, unsweetened herbal and fruit teas or juice spritzers are suitable. Be careful with iced drinks: These can lead to gastrointestinal complaints and additional heat production.
If you park your car, you should always park in the shade, if possible. What many drivers forget: The sun moves clockwise. Therefore, consider the course of the sun when looking for a parking space. If you still have to park in the blazing sun, you should install sun protection for the windshield. A thermal lens protector that lies outside the lens and reflects the sun is perfect in summer.