Summertime is when the living is easy. It’s even easier when you live in a place as lovely as Los Angeles, California. With all the beaches and sunshine, summer is almost heaven in California. It’s not all perfect though, there are some things you need to be careful with.
The heat can get pretty high in California. While it might help with our tans, the heat does pose a lot of danger as well. Cars can become ovens if left out in the sun for extended periods of time. It’s pretty common knowledge that the heat can be a danger, but just how quickly does it reach those levels?
How Fast Does a Car Heat Up?
It really doesn’t take long for things to become dangerous inside of a car. According to some research, when the temperature is 100 degrees it only takes an hour for the car to heat up to deadly levels, even in the shade. In direct sunlight, the dashboard could reach 157 degrees and the seats might hit 123 degrees. Larger cars, like minivans, do take longer to heat up, but the time it takes isn’t much different.
With that in mind, it becomes easy to see why it’s never wise to leave a child or dog in the car even for a few minutes. If you don’t want to leave the A/C on, then it’s best to bring them with. It only takes a few minutes for temperatures to start to spike and they only get higher the more time the car spends in the sun.