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Tips for keeping your car cool in the summer months

The weather here in NorCal is just about always perfect, but with the calendar shifting into summer, it’s time to keep a close eye out for higher temperatures and more sun. Though this is obviously welcome, it can also spell danger for your car, as the greenhouse effect can lead to skyrocketing temperatures inside your vehicle. To combat this, we’ll show you some helpful tips for keeping your car cool in the summer months – join us below and keep safe!

Use Artificial Shades or Park in Shade

Science has proven that using a sunshade to cover your Toyota model’s windshield can help reduce interior temperatures by up to 10 degrees or more, and you can find many of them for highly affordable prices at any auto parts store. Or, if you’re in a pinch, use a towel to cover the materials that you touch most often, such as your center touchscreen, steering wheel, or seat belt metals.

Sunshade on windshield of vehicle

Of course, it also doesn’t hurt to find a shady spot to park if you’re driving around town. It might take some searching, but it’s well worth it. Plus, if you have a garage at your place, keeping your car parked inside when you’re not using it is a great way to reduce sun glare.

Crack Windows when Driving or Parked

A big reason that car temperatures get high with the sun beating down on it is because air can’t circulate when your windows are up. So, when you turn your vehicle off, make sure to keep them cracked so that wind can help keep it cool. Combine this with a sunshade, and your car will be much cooler when you get back inside.

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If you’re looking for some automotive parts or accessories to help your air conditioning system run at full strength, be sure to contact our service team here at Toyota Palo Alto. We’re happy to provide you with anything you need!