How to stay cool in the car when there's no air-conditioning

Travelling in cars without air-conditioning can be uncomfortable for drivers and passengers on hot days – especially with temperatures topping 30C.

Most modern cars are fitted with efficient air conditioning systems, but if a vehicle is a little older or has a faulty unit, driving in the summer sun can be unbearable.

Motoring experts from car rental comparison site StressFreeCarRental.com have revealed six ways motorists can still stay cool, calm and collected behind the wheel – even when temperatures are soaring.

A spokesperson said: “If a vehicle doesn’t have air conditioning it can become unbearable on a hot day leaving driver and passengers feeling dehydrated and irritable – especially if traffic jams are involved.

“Travelling like this for long periods can even be dangerous, but drivers can take some simple steps to make themselves and their passengers more comfortable.”

These are StressFreeCarRental.com’s tips for keeping a car cool without using air conditioning:

Shade

Parking in shaded areas will help keep a car cool. Under trees or close to tall buildings can be effective but if these are not available then a parked lorry could be just as good. If a car will be left for some time drivers should consider the position of the sun and give some thought to where their car will have most shelter.

Dashboard cover

There’s nothing worse than coming back into the car and not being able to touch the steering wheel because it’s too hot.

A fabric or upholstered dashboard cover can protect items such as the steering wheel from the heat. It will also protect the sensitive vinyl from cracking and fading.

Windows

On a hot day a car can act in a similar way to a greenhouse, with sun and heat coming into the car and being trapped, thus allowing it to get hotter and hotter. Leaving windows slightly open allows some of the hot air to escape, and if there’s any wind it will also help cool down the interior.

Wet cloth

Placing a wet cloth over the middle vent of the dashboard will help cool the air that blows through but drivers should ensure they have replacements to hand as they will dry out very quickly.

It’s also essential to remove them from the car and wash them afterwards to prevent mildew.

Mini-fan

Solar-powered mini-fans can be purchased online for as little as £5 each. These are great as they use the sun to cool the car.

Water bottles

Drivers can wrap a frozen water bottle in a towel and rest it against the seat behind their neck. Not only will this cool the driver down but they can also drink the water when the ice melts.

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