How to keep your car cool
Stepping out of your car into the sweltering Mauritian heat, the blast of scorching air hits you as you open the door. The searing sensation of the sun-soaked upholstery and the burn of the heated seatbelt buckle greet you. Welcome to summer driving in Mauritius, where returning to a car that's been baking under the sun is an uncomfortable reality. But short of discovering that rare, shaded parking spot, how can you transform your car into a more welcoming environment during the intense summer? Here are our four top suggestions.
1. Most Common: Reflective Car Aluminum Foil Windscreen Sunshades
Reflective Car Aluminum Foil Windscreen Sunshades emerge as indispensable car accessories. These shields effectively combat the scorching temperatures, keeping your car's interior significantly cooler. By deflecting the sun's rays and preventing them from penetrating the windshield, these sunshades preserve a more bearable temperature inside your vehicle. Their reflective surface acts as a barrier against the intense heat, ensuring that stepping into your car doesn't feel like stepping into an inferno. For Mauritians navigating the relentless summer sun, these sunshades stand out as essential tools for maintaining a comfortably cool car interior.
2. Pump out that hot air
To bring temperatures down before you get in, open a window on one side, then walk around to the other side and open and close a door several times. This will pump some of the hot air out and make life a little more bearable when you jump in.
3. Let your air conditioner do the hard work
Your AC is perfect to finish the cool-down job, but you need to use it properly. Put simply, you want to pump the maximum volume of chilled air into your cabin. To achieve this, press the air conditioning button, select the lowest temp setting, crank up the fan speed to the maximum level and press the recirculation button to stop outside air being drawn in. If you have a climate-control system, just select the lowest temp, press the 'auto' button and it will do the rest.
There are things you can do to help your AC do its job faster. Dropping the windows will help suck more of that trapped hot air out of the cabin. Then raising your windows most of the way while pointing your vents towards the floor will help push the last of it out. When you're comfortable, closing the windows and adjusting the air conditioner and vents as preferred will keep things stable.
If your air conditioner isn't working optimally, it may be time to visit your car dealers or garage, for a check-up when you fill up your tank next time!
Disclaimer: Vivo Energy Mauritius Ltd (“Vivo Energy”) has compiled the above article for your general information and to use as a general reference. Whilst all reasonable care has been taken by Vivo Energy Mauritius in compiling this article, Vivo Energy Mauritius does not warrant or represent that the information in the article is free from errors or omissions or is suitable for your intended use.