July 16 Weekly Open Thread: It's Just Too Hot To Handle
Have you walked out to the car lately and found it looking something like this? Well, you're not alone. Most of the Nation has had an epic heat wave lately; here in Nashville, we set an all-time (not daily) record of 109° on Friday, June 29th.
The outside of our cars is taking a beating in this heat; of course, it's even hotter inside the car. And after a long day at work, getting into our mobile ovens can be unpleasant, at best.
One thing I do to help relieve this scorching misery is to lay a large white beach towel over the entire dash, and especially the steering wheel. Not only does this help shield the dash plastics from this inferno, but you can actually touch the wheel without getting burns on your fingers. Then you can get moving and have the A/C working that much faster.
Other than parking in the shade if possible and cracking the windows a bit, I'm out of ideas on how to cool a parked car. Oh, and if you live below the Mason-Dixon Line, you might want to get a white car next time. I hear they stay about 10 degrees cooler than a black one.
Does anybody else have some heat-avoidance tips? This being Monday it's a place to share them, as well as anything else even the least bit car-related.
--That Car Guy (Chuck)
Image Credit: Cache.Boston.com.