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All auto accessories aren't for show. The truth is, some accessories that you can buy for your vehicle can help it perform better and make it a little safer. On this blog we will cover all sorts of accessories and what they can do for your vehicle. You will learn how to prioritize the accessories that you choose for your vehicle so that you get the ones that are worthy investments when on a tight budget. When you come to the end, you will have a great shopping list of things that you want for your vehicle to make it a little better.


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Play It Cool: Keep Your SUV Comfortable This Summer

by Lucille Peters

The feeling of being stuck in a hot, humid car is all too familiar. Cranking up the air conditioner is an option, but it is not ideal for SUV drivers. When it is in use, your car's AC system may reduce your fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent. Fortunately, you are not stuck with the options of being uncomfortable or overspending on gas. You can easily keep your SUV cooler using the tips below.   

Grab These Essentials At The Store

  • Reflective Windshield Cover – These simple fabric covers feature a metallic material, and they are placed on the interior windshield of your SUV when it is not in use. Store one in your trunk or backseat, and use it when you are parked.

  • Car Window Roller Shades - If you have children in your car, car window roller shades can keep them from overheating and sunburns. These roller shades easily pull up and down, and they reflect UV rays and sunlight. They are often attached using suction cups, so you can take them down whenever you desire.

Make These Small Changes In Your Car

  • Choose your parking spot wisely. Smart parking choices can keep your car much cozier during the summer. Try to park beneath a tree or in a covered parking garage. Yes, you may need to walk a bit farther to your destination. But you can save yourself the discomfort of returning to an ultra warm car.

  • Keep blankets and towels on hand. Your car's interior can easily overheat, especially if it is leather or a similar material. Place a towel over your steering wheel when it is not in use. Toss an old blanket or sheet over your seats. This is a super affordable way to make sure your SUV's interior does not leave you feeling miserable.

Want A Permanent Solution? You Got It

The accessories and tips listed above are great solutions for cooling off your SUV. However, you may also be looking for a permanent solution that you can use to keep your entire car cool. If that is the case, auto window tinting is the choice for you. Tinting your car's windows:

  • Can reduce internal temperatures in your car.

  • Protects you and your passengers from the sun's UV rays.

  • Protects your car's interior from sun exposure, which can lead to damage.   

Window tinting can be done by a professional (such as one from SML Window Tint) at an auto body or auto accessory shop. You can also purchase do-it-yourself film tints and apply them. Check out your available options to determine which one is right for you.