How Hot Does It Really Get Inside My Car During A Heat Wave?

Almost all of us know the good things and benefits of the summer heat like going to the beach, water park, amusement park, hanging out by the pool, and you have the grass, flowers, and trees blooming. However, there are a few things that you need to stay aware of when we suffer from a summer heatwave. A heatwave happens almost every summer, and it is when the heat index is well over 100 degrees. This is when it becomes uncomfortable to do anything outside, and it can become dangerous for some to be outside. However, when it comes to your vehicle, it can be dangerous for everyone. We have listed some facts and tips that you might not know about actually how hot it gets inside your vehicle when it is off and parked.

It’s Only 70 Degree’s Outside

  • While it may be true that it is only 70 degrees outside, however, if it is 70 degrees and sunny outside, your car will operate essentially like a greenhouse and just continue to get hotter and hotter inside the vehicle. For example, on a 70 degree day after about 30 minutes in the sun, your vehicle can be as hot as 103 degrees inside your vehicle.

Do Not Leave Anyone In The Car

  • This goes for your children and your pets. Both children and pets have been in the news for having life-threatening effects from being left inside of a vehicle in a little as a 63 degree day. As stated above, if it is only 63 degrees outside on a sunny day, it can rapidly accel to 100+ degree inside your vehicle if your windows are rolled up.

Leave The Windows Down

  • Some people think that since heat rises, they can simply crack their windows and this will keep the temperatures low inside the vehicle. This is false, as your vehicle can rise in overall temperature by 40 degrees even when the outside temperature is as low as 63 degrees!

Regardless of what you may have heard or what some people may tell you, your car can easily overheat on hot or warm summer days, and the safest bet for you and your loved ones is to never leave anyone in the vehicle without running your AC. If you have any questions about maintaining your vehicle or auto insurance, contact Roadway Auto Insurance today to get a free quote with no obligation.


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