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How to Keep Your Vehicle Cool in the Summer: 7 Essential Tips for a Comfortable Ride



Summer is the perfect time for road trips and outdoor adventures in your Subaru. However, the summer heat can make your vehicle uncomfortably hot, affecting your driving experience and the condition of your car's interior. At Baldwin Subaru, we want to help you keep your car cool and comfortable all summer long. Here are some essential tips to ensure a pleasant ride even on the hottest days.


 1. Use Sunshades and Window Visors

Investing in a good quality sunshade for your windshield can significantly reduce the temperature inside your car. Sunshades reflect sunlight and prevent the dashboard and seats from heating up. Window visors are also useful as they allow you to crack the windows open slightly without letting in rain or debris, promoting ventilation.

Alternatively, a fabric or carpet dashboard cover can help keep the dashboard cooler. It also prevents the dashboard from cracking and fading due to prolonged exposure to sunlight. Choose a light-colored cover for better heat reflection.

2. Consider Window Tinting

Window tinting can block up to 99% of UV rays and reduce a significant amount of heat from entering your car. While the degree of tinting allowed varies by location, even a light tint can make a difference. Be sure to check local regulations to ensure compliance. In Louisiana, the 40% legal tint level can significantly reduce the sun's impact, keeping your Subaru cooler and protecting the interior from UV damage.

3. Park Smart

Whenever possible, park in shaded areas. Under a tree, in a garage, or any covered parking spot will help keep your car cooler. If no shade is available, try to park so that your windshield is facing away from the sun. This reduces the amount of sunlight entering the front of the car.

4. Keep Windows Slightly Open

Leaving your windows slightly open helps promote airflow and reduces the buildup of hot air inside the car. However, be cautious about leaving your car unattended with windows open too wide, as this can be a security risk.

5. Use Seat and Steering Wheel Covers

Leather and vinyl seats can get extremely hot in the sun. Using seat covers made of fabric or specially designed cooling materials can help keep the seats cooler and more comfortable. There are also ventilated seat covers available that allow for better airflow.

Your hot steering wheel can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Use a steering wheel cover or a towel to keep it cool. There are also special cooling covers available that can reduce the heat effectively.

6. Remote Start System 

If your car is equipped with a remote starter or MySubaru app, use it to start the engine and air conditioning a few minutes before you get in. This pre-cooling can make a big difference in comfort levels.

7. Service Your A/C System

One of the most crucial steps in keeping your Subaru cool during the summer is ensuring your air conditioning system is functioning efficiently. Regular maintenance and servicing of your A/C system can prevent unexpected breakdowns and ensure optimal performance. At Baldwin Subaru, our certified technicians can check for refrigerant levels, inspect for leaks, and ensure all components are in good working order. A well-maintained A/C system not only keeps you cool but also improves the overall air quality inside your vehicle.

By following these tips, you can keep your Subaru cool and enjoy a more comfortable driving experience this summer. For more advice, A/C service, and to explore the latest Subaru models with advanced cooling features, visit Baldwin Subaru at 1730 N. HWY 190, Covington, LA 70433. Stay cool and enjoy your summer drives!