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How hot does it get in a car
On a sunny day, how hot can it really get inside a car?
As I was walking into the mall last weekend, I couldn't believe how hot it was outside. I had just came from a nicely air conditioned car that was pumping out icicles from the dash vents, as I shut off the car and opened the door to start walking towards the mall, I couldn't believe how hot it was. It was so hot that my forearms were wet with sweat in about 45 seconds after leaving the vehicle.
I was walking by a car parked outside the entrance of the mall, I noticed that there was a child in a car seat, with two other children in the back seat of the car as well. The windows were rolled about a quarter of the way down, and the kids were loud and yelling at each other, I couldn't help but imagine they were yelling for help because of how hot it was in the car.
I immediately went into the mall and let the authorities know what I had seen and I explained how it needed to be addressed quickly, in my opinion, a parent was playing the role of an idiot, or they had a lot on their mind and weren't thinking about how hot it was.
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Hot inside a car, two days in a row
The very next day, it was just as hot, it felt as though my sandals were sticking to the pavement as I walked across the parking lot. As I walked by a car, there was a huge pitbull in the front seat barking at me, he was so big that the car was shaking as he moved from window to window, but as you probably guessed it, the windows were open about a quarter of the way down.
I was thinking to myself, that this dog wanted to eat me alive, but, yet I felt like going over and letting him out of the vehicle because I felt bad he had a stupid owner, I felt he should go find a smart owner and start a new life.
So that's where I got the idea to write this article, and make a video to prove or show people how fast the temperature can rise to 150 degrees in a car with the windows rolled up, it literally only takes about 4 minutes to reach maximum temperature. I see people leave their pets in a hot car at least once every week, they bring their pets with them to the store for companionship, and little do they realize they're roasting their pet's brains, I feel so bad for the animal, but at that time, my hands are tied, so this is my way of promoting awareness of the dangers of pets in hot cars. I sweat my butt off making the video, but I have hands and I could let myself out before my brain started roasting.
My experience with cars, and how hot they can get inside
As a mechanic, I'm in and out of cars about 30 times a day, cars that have been sitting in the sun and baking for hours, the hottest recorded temperature inside a car at our shop was 178 deg with the windows rolled up, you literally could fry an egg on the dash, in fact, one of the techs use to warm his leftovers on his dash about 30 min before lunch just to prove a point. The reason I did this test and made this video is to educate people about how hot the inside of a car can get, even on a partly sunny day.
The temperature in a vehicle can rise to 150 deg very quickly with the windows roll up all the way, it only takes about 5 minutes to reach max temperature. If you own a dark colored car with a dark interior, the temperature can rise even quicker and to a hotter degree, so think before you leave anything in the car on a hot day, even if it's a plant, and never leave your ice cream in the car on a hot day after grocery shopping, it just might melt, and you don't want that.
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How Can You Keep Your Car Cooler?
Here are a few things you can do to keep your car cooler in the hot months:
- Keep your windows open about two inches
- Use a sun shade on the windshield
- Tint your windows
- Use sun shades on your windows
- Park in the shade
Here's how you can keep your pet cooler
- Bring a pet cooling bed
- Have plenty of cold water for your pet
- Have a crate cooling fan to keep the air circulating
- Use a cooling collar for your pet
- Keep the air conditioning running while you run into the store (If you must)
- Park in the shade
Help Me and a Pet Out
So do me a favor, if you know people who own pets, children, elderly parents or any other living thing that they like to leave in the car on a hot day, send them this article/video. All kidding aside, the temperature inside a car on a hot day can be dangerous, and as you can see by my stories, there are still some people who just don't get it, so spread the word and share this on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or through email, you just might save someone, or their pet. Leave a comment or a story, the more we get the word out about the dangers of heat inside vehicles on sunny days, the better off everyone will be.