How To Keep Your Car Cool in the Summer

While it’s easy to keep your car cool when the A/C is pumping, it’s more than a little frustrating climbing into your vehicle and sweltering while you wait for the A/C to catch up.

The good news is that following just a few simple tips and tricks, you can reduce the amount of time you have to deal with the heat – and you might be able to eliminate it entirely!

Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool

Below we’ve highlighted the six best things you can do to keep your car cool – even when you’re not in it. While they won’t eliminate the heat entirely, they can at least make things bearable until the A/C kicks on and finishes the job.

1.  Sunshade/Window Visor

One of the best things you can do to keep your vehicle cool when it’s parked is to install a sunshade or sun visor on the windshield. This keeps the sun from beating down into your car and heating everything up.

To get maximum results cover any windows tilted up – which means you’ll need to cover the rear window on most sedans. Not only does this keep your car from heating up, but it also keeps the dash from fading over time from UV rays – it’s a win-win!

2.   Park in the Shade

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s one of the best things you can do. Even if you have to walk a little bit farther, if you park in the shade, your vehicle will stay a lot cooler.

Just keep in mind that the sun moves throughout the day, so if you’re parking in the morning and coming back in the evening, it might not be in the shade anymore. Furthermore, if you park in the sun now but it’s going to be in the shade by the time you get back, this will keep your car cooler for you too.

3. Slightly Crack the Windows

Keeping your vehicle’s windows cracked just a little allows a little airflow, which helps keep everything a little cooler. That’s because the inside of your car heats up as the sun beats down on it, and unless you leave somewhere for that air to go, everything is going to get toasty.

But be sure not to crack the windows too much, though. Otherwise, thieves can work their way into your vehicle, leaving you with more of a headache than a hot car.

4. Purchase a Solar Powered Fan

It’s all about keeping airflow going, so if you keep a solar-powered fan pointed at a slightly cracked window, it’s going to actively push the hot air out of your car. Even better, since it’s solar-powered, it will stay working as long as the sun stays up!

5. Cover Your Steering Wheel/Dash With a Towel

Whether it’s vinyl or leather, after spending time in the sun, it radiates heat. By placing something as simple as a towel on the dash or steering wheel, everything stays a little bit cooler.

Even better, since you remove the towel when you get in, the dash/steering wheel won’t radiate heat at you as you start to drive.

6. Tint the Windows

While you need to check on your state’s laws before tinting your windows, it’s one of the best ways to keep things cool inside your vehicle – both when you’re driving and when you’re parked.

The darker the tint, the more sunlight it keeps out, which will keep everything a bit cooler. If your serious about keeping your car cool put the darkest tint possible on as many windows as possible without breaking any laws to keep your vehicle as cool as possible.

However, keep in mind that extremely dark tint can make it a little more challenging to see out the windows at night.


Just because the weather outside is getting hot doesn’t mean you need to settle for a hot car. Whether you’re driving a hybrid pickup truck or a smaller sedan, by following these simple tips and tricks, you can keep everything cool and comfortable every time you get into your vehicle!