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How to keep your car cool this summer

Last summer saw the hottest temperatures on record. While the heat may be nice when you’re outside, it isn’t as relaxing being in your car.

by Jemima Lewis

When your car overheats it can make the steering wheel and handbrake difficult to touch and makes your car journey uncomfortable. This can make your driving experience bad throughout the hot summer – but it can be resolved with just a few helpful (and sometimes obvious) tips. Here are a few tips we’ve come up with so that you can get on the road and enjoy the sunshine!

Cover your steering wheel and gear stick with a towel

It sounds simple but keeping your steering wheel and gear stick covered will help them stay cool; and will also help you avoid burning your hands. If possible, a damp towel works well because the water will absorb the heat – keeping your car cooler for longer.

Park in a shaded place

Parking in a shaded area (where possible) will help to keep your car cool over the summer months. However, be careful where you park – the shade will move with the sun and you don’t want to come back from a few hours at the beach to a roasting hot car!

Buy a solar-powered fan

A solar-powered fan can sit on your dashboard and fan your car; even when you’re not in it. This, along with keeping your windows slightly cracked, will help keep your car a little bit cooler.

Cover your seats

Throwing blankets over your seats works in a similar way to covering your steering wheel. It will help keep your seats nice and cool, so you don’t burn yourself when sitting and driving. This is most important if you have leather seats in your car as they’ll get much hotter than fabric seats – but still bear this tip in mind for fabric seats too!

Keep your windows slightly cracked

Now, we’re not saying to keep your windows completely open. We just mean open them a few millimetres to allow a cool breeze through your car. If you want to do this, you need to make sure your windows aren’t open enough to allow someone to break into the car.


So, there you go – our tips for driving throughout the summer months and keeping your car cool! The most important thing however is to make sure your car is safe and locked whenever you leave it.


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Jemima Lewis

Hi I’m Jemima! I'm a new member of the Veygo team! Since passing my driving test I drive everywhere and love the freedom it gives me!

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