Been feeling the summer heat? We definitely have, too, and with the hot, dry season starting early this year and temperatures reaching all-time highs across the country, it’s important to observe a little more caution when we’re out and about—even when we’re traveling by car.
Researchers in America have found that the temperature inside a car left to bake under the sun on a sweltering day can reach up to 46°C, and that of the dashboard surface can reach up to 73°C—temperatures hot enough to be fatal to small children and pets. Experts say car interiors can also heat up to dangerous levels, even when it isn’t too hot outside.
But if you own a brand-new Chevy, this is one less thing you have to worry about. The American carmaker’s newest Colorado and Trailblazer include remote start technology that allows you to start the engine and activate the air-conditioning—from outside the vehicle.
Using the remote start key fob, you can cool down your car before you enter it, and even roll down the windows from afar. And if you need to make a quick stop, you can also lock the car doors from the outside and keep the A/C running on the inside, to keep the cabin temperature down.
So Chevrolet owners stay cool and comfortable even during the hottest days, General Motors (GM) has done a lot more than just linking the air-conditioning controls to the remote start system. GM’s general product-development engineers run thermal testing procedures of the cars’ A/C systems at the Desert Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona, where it gets as hot as 42°C in the summer. The vehicles undergo even more rigorous checks at GM’s climatic test laboratories, where they are subjected to temperatures as high as 46°C.
“By testing against high heat, we help ensure that Colorado and Trailblazer customers living in hot places like Southeast Asia will have reliable aircon every time they turn it on,” says Chatchawan Chantaket, general director of product engineering at GM Southeast Asia.
Do you own a Colorado or a Trailblazer? Let us know how the above-mentioned features work for you.