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Eight Alternative Ways To Keep Cool Without AC

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Motorists are being given suggestions on coping with the heat this summer – when they don’t have the luxury of using an AC.

The holiday car rental experts at have outlined eight ways to keep calm and improve your driving experience while travelling over the summer.

Although most new cars come with a good climate control system, many drivers still have to put up with sweltering conditions while on the road.

There’s nothing worse than being trapped in a hot car for a long journey. However, it’s sometimes unavoidable, especially if commuting to work or going on a road trip.

Those who have ACs but are looking to cut back on their motoring expenses should also consider alternatives because using AC can increase fuel consumption by as much as 20%.

Among those making the list of suggestions are freezing water bottles to use as ice packs and shielding your car from the sun with a dashboard cover.

A spokesperson for said: “Driving in the blazing sun can cause motorists to feel dizzy and ill from heat exhaustion, which is dangerous for all road users.

“Some cost-effective alternatives help motorists tackle the heat and prevent accidents while they’re out and about on a hot day.”

Here are’s best tips for cooling down without the help of an AC:

  1. Stay Hydrated

Make sure to bring a refreshing cold beverage with you on your journey to avoid dehydration and store it under the seat to maintain its cool temperature.

  1. Hang a Wet Rag Over the Vent

The air blown out will be much more relaxed, but make sure you have a few wet rags ready to replace it as it will dry out quickly. Also, remember to take them out of your car and wash them afterwards to prevent mildew.

  1. Freeze Water Bottles To Use as Ice Packs

Wrap a frozen bottle in a towel and rest it against your seat behind your neck. Once it defrosts, you’ll have to ice-cold water to drink and cool off too.

  1. Park in the Shade

There’s nothing worse than getting into a boiling hot car at the end of the day, so be mindful of where you leave your vehicle. Under trees is the obvious choice – but you can also try to find a large truck or lorry for shade.

  1. Get a Mini-fan

A portable fan can make all the difference, even on the hottest summer days. These fans are small but mighty when it comes to cooling yourself down while you’re stuck in a hot car.

  1. Get Cold Packs

Although cold packs don’t provide a long-term solution, they can be used as a quick relief from the heat.

  1. Use a Dashboard Cover

Put a dashboard cover on your car’s windshield to keep sunlight away from the car’s interior. You won’t feel as overwhelmed by the heat if you don’t have to touch hot vinyl surfaces.

  1. Keep Windows Slightly Cracked

It’s not a good idea to open your windows all the way but leaving just a tiny crack will promote ventilation and help keep your car cool.

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