Due to global warming, every summer feels hotter than the previous one. Therefore, life is becoming tougher for people who drive cars daily in this heat. With the summer approaching its peak this year, we are here with a list of the best summer car accessories to help you combat the sun and heat. You can buy most of these car accessories online.
Let us start with the first and the most important car accessory.
1) Car Cover
A report by Global News shows that a vehicle parked under direct sunlight at a temperature of 37°C for 1 hour can reach an internal temperature of 46°C. Shocked right! It is the reason why you need to buy a car cover that can reflect most of the sunlight heat. It is among the most important summer car accessories you should keep in your vehicle not only in summer but all the time.
2) Car Sun Shades (Suction cup based or roller based)
No one can ignore the significance of car sun shades during summer. Even if your car has an AC, direct sunlight can be irritating. While you can’t tint your car with black sheets (may be illegal in some parts of Pakistan), buying car sun shade is a good idea. You can buy simple ones that are attached to the car window frame. However, suction cup based and roller based car sun shades are also available these days.
3) Dashboard Cover
The car dashboard is mostly exposed to direct sunlight. Many cars have plastic dashboards. UV rays in the sunlight can decolor the plastic dashboard with time. As a result, the dashboard looks completely dried out and old. When plastic is heated, it produces a foul odor. To avoid this, you need to buy a dashboard cover to keep the new look of your dashboard for a long time and avoid having a foul odor in your car.
4) Car Fridge
Who doesn’t want to enjoy chilled drinks during long road trips? But many people can’t enjoy them on long journeys as their cars don’t have fridges. Guess what? You can buy a car fridge (portable) and keep it in your car’s boot or any other place. They come in different sizes and their power consumption varies as well. Most of them use a 12 volts charging socket for power input.
5) Steering Wheel Cover
During extreme summers, it is hard to touch the steering wheel of your car, especially without wearing gloves. It is because most of the steering wheels are made of hard rubber that can turn really hot when the car is parked under sunlight or in high-temperature conditions. A steering wheel cover is among the essential summer car accessories you can buy to prevent burning your hands.
Leather steering wheel covers don’t get very hot. But they are expensive so many people buy covers made of fabric instead. The choice is yours depending upon the budget.
6) AC Vent Cup Holder
Many people don’t know about this summer car accessory. As the name suggests, an AC vent cup holder is attached to AC vents. If you can’t afford to buy a car fridge, buying an AC vent cup holder might be a good idea. You can place a bottle or cup of drink in it to get it chilled. It is an amazingly cheap way to get your drinks chilled during road trips.
7) Car Fragrance Accessories / Car Air Freshener
Wondering why car air fresheners are listed in the summer car accessories list? Well, most of us are sweating when we enter the car. To prevent leaving body odor in the car, buy car air fresheners or car fragrance accessories.
However, it is not a permanent solution. You should frequently clean your car seat covers. It will help remove the sweat absorbed in your seat cover. If you have fabric seats, then it is going to be a challenge as they are hard to clean.
Leather seat covers are easier to clean. As a result, the odor can easily be removed as compared to the fabric seat covers. But leather seat covers can heat up quickly as compared to the fabric ones. So, the choice is yours.
8) Waterproof Mats
When buying floor mats, there is always a discussion whether to buy waterproof mats or fabric mats. We recommend buying waterproof/made of PVC mats.
PVC mats are better as fabric mats absorb the water and release a bad odor in the car. On the contrary, PVC mats don’t absorb water. Cleaning them is way easier than fabric mats.
9) Tyre Puncture Kit and Inflator
The summer heat weakens the tyre and therefore tyre punctures and burst rate increases during summer season.
Nowadays, most cars including Japanese and SUVs come without a spare tyre. To avoid getting stranded on the road, you need to buy a tyre puncture kit. It is also important to buy a car air pump. Both items will enable you to get your vehicle moving again without any external help.
10) Car Vacuum Cleaner
Summer is not only about heat, it also comes with dust storms. So, it is better to be prepared. Buy a car vacuum cleaner now. It will help you remove dust particles.
Dust contains many pollutants that can be dangerous to our health. The car AC can spread the dust in the entire car making it a threat to our health. Dust might bring a foul odor to the car as well. So, a vacuum cleaner is helpful as you can remove dust from your car right after a dusty storm.
Summer can be pretty problematic for car owners. Entering a car in summer can sometimes feel like you are entering an oven. The above-mentioned summer car accessories are helpful to combat the negative effects of the summer season.
Do you know any other beneficial car accessories to have during summer? Tell us in the comment section below.
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