Thursday, July 14, 2005

Compact Cars Hotter Than S.U.V.s – By 17 Degrees

MOORPARK, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Next time you leave your car in the sun for a few hours, leave a hamburger patty on the dashboard. It will be cooked by the time you get back.

That’s according to a new sunlight study conducted by the Auto Expressions automotive accessory company, which measured how hot a car’s dashboard gets on the average 89-degree fahrenheit day.

How hot is it? Well, two hours of direct sunlight causes a car to reach as high as 192 degrees, enough heat to cook a burger within three hours.

But that’s not the only hot finding. The solar study also discovered that the average temperature of a Sports Utility Vehicle on a hot day is 137 degrees while a compact car is a blistering 154 degrees.

The study did have some shady findings. Using a sunshade on the dashboard reduces the heat an average of 43 degrees.

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