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10 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool In Summer

It’s summer all year round in sunny Singapore and shaded parking spaces aren’t easy to find. Just a quick pit stop to grab your Teh Beng (Singlish for iced tea) and your car would have transformed into an oven, ready to turn you into a baked potato. This article will also serve to be helpful for those whose cars air-conditioning systems are weakening or are not working. Here are some things you can do to keep you and your car cool!

Drape A Shawl Over Your Seats

Top 10 Ways To Keep Your Car Cool In Summer: Blanket

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If you’ve never gotten burnt by the metal bit of the safety belt, I envy you. To those who have gotten burnt before, this quick and easy tip will prevent future accidents of branding yourself. Take a high quality cotton, linen or bamboo-fibre fabric shawl or blanket and drape it over your car seats. These materials have cooling properties and are soft and refreshing to the touch. By keeping a shawl or blanket in your car, you are always prepared for if you are caught in a sudden rain with no umbrella or to the movies with you!

Use A Dash Cover

Car Windshield Cover

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What better way to keep your dash cover dust free than by using a dash cover that also deters heat from being trapped in the leather of your car?

Steering Wheel Cover

Best Ways To Keep Car Cool In Summer: Steering Wheel Cover

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This ice silk steering wheel cover is made of a viscose cooling microfibre material that is hand knitted for a more breathable effect.

Keep Your Possessions Out Of The Sun

Ways To Keep Your Car Cool In Summer

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There are many car organiser accessories that can help. The one featured in the photo above is the DRIVE CAR TRUNK ORGANIZER – STORAGE WITH STRAPS. The compartments are big enough for you to easily slip your items into the spaces. For more items that help to organise your belongings, and other unique gadgets and accessories, check out our other post here.

Windshield Sun Shade & Window Visor

Top 10 Useful Gift Ideas For The Car Enthusiast: Car Sunshade

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Best Ways to Keep Car Cool In Summer

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Top 10 Useful Gift Ideas For The Car Enthusiast: car sunshade

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Not only does using a windshield sunshade help reflect sun rays from entering the car and heating up the air inside, it also protects your possessions from stray eyes. There are so many different designs to choose from! Trippy holographic ones, crazy Rick and Morty ones and classic Star Wars ones.

Use A Cooling Seat Cushion

Top 10 Useful Gift Ideas For The Car Enthusiast

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What most of us want to do is to just throw ourselves into the car and relax our feet. This bamboo seat cushion is so versatile and can be used in your car, home, or office. The bamboo used gives a cooling effect however, if you are looking for something more powerful, there are many different types of cooling car seat covers where some even have motorised fans inside the seat!

Tint Your Cars

Singapore may be commonly known as The Garden City but I’m sure many of us also know it as The Fine CI. To avoid committing an offence, do not carry out unauthorised modifications to your vehicle. Otherwise, you may be fined up to $2,000 or face up to 6 months? imprisonment. Tinted glass or tinted film is allowed.

Mirror-Tint-A-Car

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“These requirements must be met when installing tinted glass:

  • They must comply with international standards for safety glasses
  • At least 70% of light must be able to pass through the front windscreen and the two front side windows
  • At least 25% of light must be able to pass through the rear windscreen and the two rear side windows
  • The front windscreen must not affect the transmission of signals between the In-vehicle Unit (IU) and the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry ” (OneMotoring 2018)

 

Top Ways To Keep You Cool All Summer

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“These requirements must be met when installing tinted films on windscreens and windows:

  • They must be non-reflective
  • At least 70% of light must be able to pass through the front windscreen and the two front side windows
  • At least 25% of light must be able to pass through the rear windscreen and the two rear side windows
  • The front windscreen must not affect the transmission of signals between the In-vehicle Unit (IU) and the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry” (OneMotoring 2018)

To ensure that the tinted glass or films comply with these requirements, you can send your vehicle for testing at any LTA-Authorised Inspection Centres.

For more information on modifications, click here.

Install A Solar-powered Ventilation Fan

Top 10 Useful Gift Ideas For The Car Enthusiast: Car Fan

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This fan not only cools you, but also helps deodorise, detoxify, defog your car! If you can’t already tell, I’m all about multi-functional items so this handy eco-friendly fan that charges through natural solar energy is a fave. Not only can you reduce the temperature inside your vehicle, but it also acts as an air vent for ventilation. Recommended for smokers who wish to keep their car smelling nice. If you think it doesn’t look very nice, it is really easy to remove and reinstall the fan so you can just put it on whenever you want. Get it here.

Here’s a car door trick!

Top 10 Useful Gift Ideas For The Car Enthusiast: Car Door Trick

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A trick to cooling your car down before your ride is to force some of the hot air out. To do this, you need one car door with its window rolled down. Then, go to the other side and create a makeshift fan by opening and closing the door. This will help to circulate the air quickly even faster than driving with the windows down. You might look a little silly and get a few stares but we’ll see who has the last laugh when you’re the one that gets to enjoy a comfortable car ride.

Hopefully these tips and tricks can help keep all of us staying cool and we’ll be seeing lesser road rage!

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