SUMMER and a fuel price crisis are a bad combination as drivers turn on their air conditioning and use more fuel in the process.
But there is one simple thing you can do when driving on a hot day to lower the car’s interior temperature and help the air conditioning.
Using your car’s air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by up to 10% because the engine has to work harder to drive the compressor.
On hot days, he has to work harder to bring the interior to a comfortable temperature.
So the best advice if your car has been left in the sun for some time is to open all the windows immediately and leave them open for the first few minutes of your drive.
Do this before installing the air conditioner as it is the quickest way to move the air inside and lower the temperature.
After a few minutes, unfold them again and stick on the air conditioner if needed. It doesn’t have to work as hard or as long as if you kept the windows open.
Since your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to drive the compressor, you save on fuel – important in the current fuel price crisis.
The RAC also has these tips for cooling down your car quickly.
“Open both windows on one side of the car, then “fan out” the interior by swinging a door on the opposite side.
“Assuming you’re not worried that you might look a little weird, repeat this opening and closing motion at least three times to expel the hot air.”
“Heat rises, so it makes sense to blow the cooler, conditioned air into the footwells and push the hot air already inside the car up and out the open windows.
“Close the top vents on the dashboard and the bottom edge of the windshield so that the full flow of air into the car is directed upwards. ‘