No AC? No Problem.

Jun 13, 2011

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Work with the traffic flow. Avoid "rush hours", when people are on their way to work, or home afterward. This event may cause you to be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic hardly moving along at all.

Look for shady routes to your frequent destinations. If you drive in a north or south direction, tree-lined streets and roadways are often shady for much of the day.
 
Roll down the windows. If you have a fan operated fresh air vent, open it, turn on the fan, and open a rear window enough to draw a draft through your automobile. A sun roof or sliding back window will draw a lot of fresh air, even when you are barely moving.

Install reflective window tinting on the windshield and windows. This can offer a substantial reduction in direct sunlight coming into your car. (Note: check with your state to ensure this is legal. Some states do not allow this practice.)

Put a fan on the dashboard or hang it from the visor. There are a number of inexpensive 12-volt fans available at auto parts stores and retailers that plug into a cigarette lighter plug to move air.

Dress down. If you have a long commute to work or school, you may be able to drive in short pants and a tee shirt, then change in a restroom or locker room at work, leaving you cleaner and cooler for the day ahead.
 
A 10lb block of ice on the floorboards under a vent will help cool things down. This was “Arizona AC” in the 40's and 50's.The ice block can rest in a plastic pan or baking tin. Opening a window a little will help with airflow.

Take a cooler. Pack a cooler with enough ice to keep your drinks cold. For the extreme, drink the melted ice water!

Bring a cold pack. The night before work, put a cold pack in the freezer. Before you leave the next morning, take it out and wrap it in a towel. It will last a while.

Use these helpful tips to keep your drivers cool, comfortable, and safe in the months ahead.

[via WikiHow]

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