How do you keep a car cool without AC?

A week or so ago, I got stuck in really bad traffic. I couldn’t move for a long time. It was hot out, and my car overheated. I was told it was because I was blasting the AC. What can I do to keep cool without air conditioning if this happens again?

Bad traffic is so frustrating! Sweating while you wait can make things even less fun.
Here are some ways to keep a car cool without AC:
  • Tint your windows: Check with your local laws to see how much tint you’re allowed to have, but this can certainly help keep you cooler.
  • Handheld electric fan: You can buy portable fans online or at several major retailers. Many are rechargeable.
  • Old school fan: Paper fans or folding fans that can fit easily into your glove box or bag are another great option. A folded-up piece of paper can work in a pinch, too.
  • Ice water: Drinking cold water will not only cool you down but will also keep you hydrated, which is especially important when it’s hot out. You could also wet a towel with cold water and drape it around your neck.
If your car is older and you’re worried about other issues popping up, consider getting a roadside assistance membership. With Jerry, you’ll never have to worry about being stranded again.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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