Stay Cool in the Car

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Hot temperatures getting to you when you drive? Here are some tips to help you cool down.


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Some sweltering travelers simply turn on the AC, but Via's savvy readers have other tricks.

"I freeze a fruit smoothie the night before. It thaws in the cup holder as I drive," says Victoria Peterson of San Francisco.

"Put gel insoles in your cooler, then in your shoes," suggests Crystal Logan of Portland.

"Carry wet wipes," advises Rayo Scott of Pocatello, Idaho.

"Nothing like a squirt bottle or mister full of cool water," says Jeanne Keenan of Fremont, Calif. "Kids love it."

"Make neck coolers," says Vicki Crabb of Orem, Utah. "They're fabric tubes filled with polymer granules that you soak in cold water. You can find a pattern at"

"I carry a folding hand fan," says Susan Silva of Martinez, Calif.

Illustration by Michael Klein

This article was first published in July 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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