How to keep your car from getting butt-burningly hot this summer

Popular Science | 6/8/2018 | Staff
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Open windows aren’t the only way to prevent that light-to-heat conversion. You can also reflect some of the light back out your windows before the car’s interior absorbs it. That’s what sun shades aim to do, and they succeed fairly well: A series of experiments at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute run by the University of Central Florida, found that these shades can reduce the interior temperature of a car by 15° to 20°F. Researchers obtained the best results with shades that contained a reflective surface turned to face the interior of the car (yes, the interior).

That’s only a mild improvement in air temperature, but their real advantage lies in their ability to shade your dashboard: The FSEC found that sun shades cooled the steering wheel and other surfaces by a whopping...
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