Keeping kids in the car cool during the summer

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As triple-digit temperatures become the norm, many parents wonder what’s the best way to keep their kids cool in the car, especially those using rear-facing infant seats.

AAA offers several suggestions to help parents outsmart the heat to keep child passengers more comfortable this summer.

You can arrange your schedule to avoid being out during the hottest part of the day and fight to park in the shade, but it’s practically impossible to escape the heat during Arizona’s summer months.

This can make kids fussy when they have to get in an even hotter car seat and get less airflow than other passengers. 

Even though you can’t escape the heat, AAA can help you outsmart it, especially when it comes to keeping kids cool comfortable in their safety seats during the summer months.

Seat selection

If you are in the market for a car seat or have two car seats to choose from, select one in a lighter color and be sure that your seat has adequate padding for hot, metal parts or select one that has wicking/cooling technology.

Out and about tips

  • White towel, something you have in your linen closet at home.
  • Reflects light and reduces some heat.
  • Another inexpensive fix is a car seat covers can make a world of difference.
  • Durable, reflective material keeps seats cool.
  • Universal fit and easy slip-on/off design for convenient use.

Easy to store

  • Seat saver/waterproof liner
  • Wicks moisture away from child
  • Captures leaks from liquids, diaper leaks, potty training accidents and swimsuits
  • Crash tested and approved for use in Britax car seats

Car seat cooler

  • Invented by an Arizona mom.
  • Keep it folded in freezer.
  • Remove and take with you in purse or diaper bag when you leave home.
  • Open and place in seat once you take your child out.
  • Fold and store again once it’s time to get back in the car.

For more AAA tips and information, visit and don’t forget to share your summer travel adventures with us using #ViaAdventure.

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