OK, jests aside, here's my problem. I have black leather seats and I have
to park outside, in the sun, during the work day. By the end of the day,
even with my tinted windows and top cracked open, the seats are really hot,
and they stay uncomfortable during the entire ride home (only about 30
minutes). What do people use to protect the leather from the sun and will
also provide some seat ventilation during my commute?
Possibly a silly solution:
Get a couple of cheap white terry-cloth towels or large white pillowcases.
Drape one over each seat when you leave it. Fold up and slip under seat
when not in use.
Or maybe those seat covers that are made of wooden beads. They keep your
body off the hot leather and provide ventilation as well.
Not silly at all. As a former Phoenix resident I can say this solution (I
always used terry towels) and the windshield shades mentioned by 'akheel'
are very effective ways of controlling the heat. Both also control the
damage done by the hot sunshine.
That rings a bell. The other thing that helps is large chrome wheels
and rubber band tires. I think that the larger surface area of the
chrome wheels reflecting sunlight away from the car is what helps.
Arizona has Florida beat easily for high temperatures, it's the humidity we
can't compete with. Only four months of the year have not seen 100 F
temperatures in Phoenix, with the earliest 100 F temperature being the first
Saturday in Spring. Local weathermen in the Valley of the Sun have an
unwritten rule that temperatures below 110 F are not to be called "hot;" 109
F is "sunny and warmer." My favorite forecast was, "Tomorrow, sunny and
cooler, high 113." The good news is that 120 F is rare, the bad news is that
110 F is common.
Temperatures inside closed cars in the summertime can be very destructive;
180 F has been reported. When I worked in avionics in Phoenix a customer
complained the knobs on his radio (KX-145 for pilots who remember those)
wouldn't turn. We found the plastic shafts had fused to the faceplate.
Tint is very popular in Phoenix, but dark interiors are a sign of mental
Whether it's 140 degF or 180 degF inside the car,my butt still doesn't like
Cloth seats for me.
window tint does keep the cloth from fading,but doesn't do much WRT keeping
the interior cool. I guess it would let the airco cool it down quicker.
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