In the sun-drenched landscape of America, you’ll find an abundance of outdoor adventures and opportunities to bask in the warm weather, alongside comfortably air-conditioned indoor attractions. However, one must be prepared for the constant travel between these destinations—from hotels to restaurants, airports to rental centers, and theme parks beyond. Summer temperatures can soar to dangerous highs, and we’re here to ensure you stay cool and comfortable. Whether you’re visiting on business or vacation, here are our top tips for beating the heat during your car rental experience.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car Type
  • Journey Prep
  • Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
  • Plan Travel
  • Kids and Pets

Air Conditioning

When planning your summer travels in the U.S., ensuring your rental car is equipped with a robust air conditioning system is crucial, not just for comfort but for your health as well. While all our vehicles come with standard air conditioning, opting for a luxury model can elevate your experience significantly. Our premium vehicles feature advanced climate control systems that offer precise temperature adjustments, ensuring that every passenger can find their comfort zone. Additionally, these higher-end models often come with extra features like cooled or ventilated seats, which can be a game-changer in the sweltering summer heat.

Car Type

Selecting the right car type is essential for maximizing your comfort during the hot summer months, especially when traveling across the sunlit expanses of the USA. Convertibles are a fantastic choice if you’re looking to enjoy the warm breeze on coastal drives or scenic byways, giving you a taste of freedom and an unobstructed view of the beauty around you. However, if you prefer to keep the sun at bay, consider vehicles with tinted windows and lighter colors. Light-colored cars absorb less heat, helping to keep the interior cooler under the sun, while tinted windows reduce glare and block UV rays, enhancing your protection and comfort. Additionally, opting for a car with a sunroof can offer the best of both worlds, allowing you to open it to catch some cool air in the evenings or keep it closed during peak sun hours to stay cool.

Before the Journey

Preparing for your journey is key to ensuring a pleasant and comfortable experience, especially when navigating the summer heat in the U.S. Before setting off each day, take a few minutes to cool your car. Start the air conditioning a few minutes before you leave, while the car is still parked in the shade or garage. This initial cooldown helps lower the interior temperature, so you’re not hit with a wave of heat upon entering.

Packing the right essentials can also make a significant difference. Always carry a sunshade for the windshield to keep your car cooler when parked under the sun. Stock up on water bottles to keep hydrated throughout your travels, and consider a cooler filled with refreshing beverages and snacks. It’s also wise to have sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats handy to protect against the sun’s rays.

Also, keep a first-aid kit stocked with remedies for heat-related issues like sunburn or heat exhaustion.

What are the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?

  • Heavy Sweating: Unlike heat stroke, where the body’s sweating mechanism fails, heat exhaustion often involves excessive sweating as the body tries to cool itself down.
  • Weakness or Fatigue
  • Pale, Cold, and Clammy Skin
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Rapid Heartbeat: The heart rate may increase as the heart works harder to help cool the body.
  • Fainting: In severe cases, a person might faint as a result of decreased blood flow and dehydration.

Plan Travel Carefully

Early mornings or late afternoons are ideal times to set out on your journey, as the temperatures are cooler and the roads less crowded compared to midday or early evening. Not only does this strategy help you steer clear of the discomfort and potential dangers of high temperatures, but it also minimizes the likelihood of being stuck in traffic under the scorching sun, which can escalate the heat inside the car. 

Kids and Pets

Children and animals are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses, as they may not efficiently regulate their body temperatures or communicate distress until it’s severe. Always ensure that your vehicle is cool before any child or pet enters and never leave them unattended in a parked car, as temperatures can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. Keep plenty of water accessible to avoid dehydration, and use window shades or a light blanket to shield them from direct sunlight. For pets, consider a travel crate with ample ventilation or a safety belt designed for dogs. Regular stops are crucial, allowing kids to stretch and pets to walk and relieve themselves.

As you gear up for your summer adventures across the U.S., remember that a comfortable, reliable, and cool ride can make all the difference. Renting a car from Easirent ensures that you not only have access to top-notch, air-conditioned vehicles but also benefit from flexible booking options to perfectly suit your travel itinerary. With our wide selection of cars, including family-friendly SUVs and luxurious convertibles, we’ve got everything you need to beat the heat and travel in style.