As things are heating up this summer in Arkansas, you may notice that the interior of your car is swelteringly hot whenever it has been parked in the sun. The first thing you do after you start your car is crank the A/C to full blast to get some relief from the heat. You may be wondering, why does your car get so hot, and does it really reach deadly temperatures? 


Why Do Cars Get So Hot? 


Unlike your house, your car has a much higher percentage of glass than the average building. Few windows on buildings are always facing the sun, while your car can sit hours uncovered in a parking lot getting hotter and hotter as they absorb and hold heat. A car holds heat similarly to a greenhouse. Sunlight enters all windows at once, heating the dashboard and seats. As a result, the dashboard and seats radiate heat, and with the windows rolled up, fresh air can’t get inside to push the heat out. 


Of course, how hot a vehicle gets depends on the color of the exterior, the outdoor temperature, where the car is parked, and more. It’s more important to understand that cars can get dangerously hot even in mild temperatures. Research shows that the internal temperature of a car parked in the sun can rise by more than one degree per minute in the first 30 minutes. If you leave your car parked for 30 minutes on a 90-degree day, the internal temperature can be at least 120-degrees when you return. 


Never Leave a Pet or Child Unattended in the Car 


Even with the windows cracked, your car can still reach deadly temperatures. Even on a mild 70-degree day, your car can get as hot at 100-degrees in thirty minutes. While you should never leave a child or pet unattended in the car ever, it is increasingly more dangerous to leave them in a parked car on a hot summer day, and it could be fatal. A child’s body can heat up much more quickly than an adult’s due to its small size. A body temperature of 104 degrees is enough to cause heat strokes in children. Dogs don’t sweat, rather, their primary method for cooling themselves is panting. Trapped in a hot stuffy car doesn’t allow them to cool down. If their body reaches 105 degrees, they could have a heat stroke. 


Keep Your Car Cooler in the Summer


How can you make sure your car stays cool when parked outside? While you should never leave your child or pet in the hot car, it isn’t comfortable for you to return to a hot car, either. To keep your car cooler, park in a shady spot, use a reflective sunshade in the windshield and windows, have your windows tinted, leave the windows rolled down 1-2 inches and use a car cover when parking long-term. You can also choose light colored interior and exterior colors as they absorb less heat from the sun, resulting in cooler temperatures. 

When you start your car up, you should make sure your air conditioning is functioning properly to keep you and your precious cargo cool. At Steve Landers Kia, we can get your air conditioning in perfect working order for these hot summer months. You can make your service appointment online now! 


Rear Passenger Alert on the Kia Telluride 


Every year, 38 children die after being left in a hot vehicle. With the Rear Passenger Alert feature on the Kia Telluride, you’ll be reminded of your backseat passengers so they never get left alone. When the vehicle is turned off, a message appears on the  instrument panel telling drivers to “check rear seats.” Then, ultrasonic detection is used to check if passengers have been left in rear seats. Once detected, the horn will blast for 20 seconds, and drivers will also receive an alert through their smartphone. 


The safety of our customers is of utmost importance to us. That’s why we hope you will never leave your children and pets unattended in the car. If you’re interested in learning more about the Kia Telluride and how the Rear Passenger Alert system can work for you, give us a call or visit our store on Colonel Glenn. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer with your family! 


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