One of the worst things us drivers have to contend with in the summer is traffic jams. These are a total nightmare, and one thing I dread above anything else. It’s sweltering and uncomfortable, and the last thing you want is to be stuck in the car for hours. Use my tips to help keep you cool during the next summer traffic jam.
Okay, the simplest place to start is to get those windows wound down throughout the car. The idea is to try to generate a breeze through the open window. If there’s any wind or the car is moving, this should prove pretty effective. Of course, I realise, if you’re at a standstill and it’s really humid this may not work as well. But, the good news is there are plenty of other options available to you.
Air Con Up!
When you’re stuck in a traffic jam in the heat, it can be quite dangerous. There’s a risk of dehydration and heatstroke. And sometimes you might find the air con has packed in! Luckily salvation is here in the form of air conditioning regas. This will help get your air con unit in perfect shape for just this kind of situation. Turn the blowers on and pump the car full of the cold stuff. This will be a much-needed respite for everybody, and will reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Air conditioning works best when used in spurts, rather than keeping it on for the entire time.
The key to keeping yourself cool is to make sure you are refreshed. You need to keep hydrated and make sure you drink plenty of water. I’d suggest trying to stick only to water. You might be craving other soft drinks, but they will only make you more thirsty in the heat. Water is refreshing, and it will keep you nice and cool. You could even use some to wash your face and keep the raging sun at bay!
Get Out of the Car
Getting out of the car might not necessarily be on your list of top 5 things to do in a traffic jam. But it can help with the heat situation. If you aren’t moving at all then shut off the engine and get out for a little while. There may be a soft breeze blowing, and that will help. But also, getting out of a cramped car, with a hot engine running will work wonders for cooling you down.
Take Some Layers Off
Okay, I’m not suggesting you strip in the middle of the motorway! But, taking some layers off will help you to cool down. Now, it’s summer, so you might not have too many layers on to begin with. But, you could be on your way to work wearing a suit. So, you need to remove the jacket and tie and roll the sleeves up. This kind of thing will help you to get a bit cooler when you’re at a standstill.
Everyone hates being in a traffic jam at the best of times. And in the summer it’s even worse because of the heat. Well, hopefully by looking at my tips you should be all set for the next time it happens. Remember, if you can stay cool you’ll be more comfortable and relaxed, and it won’t seem anywhere near as bad.