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What’s the best way to cool down your car?

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A few days are officially left in spring, but the ugly side of summer has come early to Hampton Roads. Denise Cheri didn't find a parking spot with shade on this trip.

"I fear going back into my car right now, and it's only been out there for about 30 minutes," Cheri said. "It's too hot."

The strip malls that cover Hampton Roads don't offer a lot of shade though.

There's debate among drivers on what's the quickest method to get rid of sauna like conditions in your car.

NewsChannel 3 ran a little experiment to find out what's the quickest way to cool down your car.

Both of the cars were facing the western sun. We got their temperatures to just around 85 degrees inside, then left the two cars outside baking in the sun for an hour.

Then we got inside the cars and waited for our thermometers to make an accurate reading of 110 degrees.

For 20 seconds we put down the windows while the air conditioner blasted, pushing the hot air out.

Then we drove around the block and within a minute, it dropped a dramatic 23 degrees to a much more bearable 87.

As for the other car, AC alone didn't quite match up.

Still at 100 degrees after a minute of cooling, it was much toastier than if we had put down the windows and let the AC push out the hot, stale air.


  • tensbar

    The biggest part of this story is at the end, when it states, “filed under: news” are you kidding me?

  • f

    I recently commented that is now being written for fifth graders, this story proved it. The only thing WTKR forgot are the color by number pictures and free crayons. WTKR, please redo your website for the grown ups that read it.

  • Liz

    what if we don’t have a working AC in our cars? Iv have to drive around with a window down just so it’s some ok. but i still end up sweating on the way to my destination. :(

  • Matt Moore

    Car A/C’s are most effective around Mid fan. Turned all the way up the air has less time to cool as it passes over the Evaporator. the fastest way to cool a car is windows down, A/C on medium fan not on recirculation. it will pull cooler outside air in pushing the old hotter air out wile cooling it at the same time. once it’s comfortable roll windows up and switch over to recirculating air. ( i am a Mechanic. Pomoco Auto Group )

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