103296100_sFor the most part, people only think about the interior of their car getting too hot during the summer. Yet, when you consider that many parts of the country stay warm all year long, it’s an ongoing concern — especially when talking about the danger of a hot car. That’s why it is so important to pay attention to the temperature.

When the sun is shining and the temperature outside rises, the temperature inside a car can quickly become unbearable. But you might be surprised to learn that the outside temperature doesn’t have to be all that high to cause problems, especially for children, the elderly, and pets. What feels comfortable outside of a car can become stifling inside.

Research has shown that when the temperature outside is a comfortable 70 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in about half an hour. If the outside temp is 80 degrees, the temperature in a car with the windows rolled up can reach 123 degrees in an hour. Now consider that heatstroke can occur at 104 degrees, and a body temperature of 107 can be fatal. It makes the situation much more serious.

To help cool your car, park in the shade when possible. Use a sunscreen. Crack the windows. Before you climb into your car, roll down the windows and fan the door back and forth a few times. If you have a remote start, set the air conditioner so that you can get it going as you walk to your car. But realistically, there is no surefire way to keep your parked car cool when the temperature rises. So when it’s getting hot out there, your car is going to get even hotter. Lock your car doors so that children can’t climb in without your knowledge. And always, always double check to make sure no one is left in the car, including your furry friends.