Don’t let your summer be ruined by a completely avoidable tragedy

By Product Expert | Posted in Shareable, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 3:08 pm
A stock photo of young people hanging out the window of a car.

How hot does the inside of a car get?

Once we get through winter, Mankato and the surrounding area can be pretty pleasant – save for a few hot and humid days every summer. As we approach the warmest part of the year, our team of product experts at Kia of Mankato wants to give people a bit of a safety reminder. Have you ever wondered, ‘How hot does the inside of a car get?’ Well, suffice it to say that it can get very hot in a vehicle. In fact, the results can be downright deadly. On average nearly 40 children die nationwide every year due to being left in hot cars, trucks and SUVs. Let’s take a look at some information that can really drive this point home.

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It would be a huge mistake to think that just because we live in Minnesota that heat-related deaths cannot happen. In doing a little research for this blog post, the Kia of Mankato team was shocked by what they found. The temperature doesn’t need to even approach the triple digits for the inside of a vehicle to become dangerous. A 70-degree day is certainly beautiful. Most people would be comfortable wearing shorts or even a light jacket. But things can take an ugly turn on the inside of an enclosed vehicle. The inside of a vehicle can reach nearly 90 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature inside of a vehicle could break the 100-degree mark.

The problem of a dangerously hot vehicle interior gets even more serious on a humid day. On days like that, simply breathing inside of a hot vehicle compounds the existing problem. Each breath releases a little more moisture into the car, which adds to the humidity, which makes it harder for the body to cool down. This is especially dangerous for young kids, the elderly and pets.

Everyone at Kia of Mankato hopes you and your family have a wonderful summer. Stay safe out there and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

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