Motorists on Lanzarote in August are driving in some of the hottest conditions in Europe, and it pays to take necessary precautions.
Sol y Sombra
Every Canarian motorist seeks shade when parking. Indoor parking underground is best, but a sun roof is far better than nothing. Smart drivers quickly learn the location of trees, awnings or other overhead elements in places they habitually park, and if your car is going to be left for a long period, it’s also worth remembering how the sun moves from east to west during the day.
Leave a Gap
If you can do so safely, leave a small gap in the window to allow heat to escape.
Buy an aluminium sun reflector for your front windshield, which will reflect the sun’s rays and stop your car overheating. If you have child seats, investigate sun shields for their side windows, too. If your car doesn’t have tinted windows, have a think about replacing them.
Shake it Off
Open a window and then “fan” by opening and closing the door opposite. This trick expels hot air from a car rapidly.
Wipe your Windshield
Dust, sand and heat can scratch your windscreen and destroy windscreen wipers quickly. A damp cloth will get rid of the worst, and will also provide a little moisture inside the car.
If your car is baking hot, allow it to cool down a little before setting off. Let the air conditioning run for a couple of minutes, ensure surfaces are bearable to the touch and check that you’re comfortable before setting off.
Don’t be Stupid
Leaving children or pets in a car is obviously an absolute nono, but be careful with other things, too. Anything that melts or explodes in heat could cause nasty, messy accidents.