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How to Instantly Cool Down a Hot Car

It may be winter now, but the summer weather will be here before you know it.

If your car has been baking in the sun all day, it can feel like an oven inside. Studies show that when the temperature is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can rise to 90 degrees within 5 minutes, 100 degrees within 10 minutes, and 120 degrees within 30 minutes.

That’s hot!

It isn’t any fun waiting for your AC to cool things off, so here’s a simple way to drop the interior temperature in no time.

Step One: Roll down one of your car windows (for example, lower the passenger’s side window).

Step Two: Open and close the door across from the open window 5 or 6 times. (In this example, you would open and close the driver’s door.)

What you are doing is helping the air circulate by pulling the hot air out by opening/closing the door, while you’re drawing cooler air in through the open window.

This trick only works when the temperature inside your car is hotter than the temperature outside. If that is the case, this is a simple, fun way to cool down fast.

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