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How to use a car A/C in summer times

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During the summer season or on a hot day, the air conditioning (AC) in your car may not be enough to provide you relief. AC is one of the most important features of a car. Automakers are providing the best of technology like Climate Control or automatic AC, but sometimes it just does not work. But there’s an art to cool your car correctly. Below are some of the handy tips to use the AC efficiently.

Park in the shade
The easiest way to cool your car is to ensure it does not heat up too much in the first place. Try to find a place to park that’s away from direct sunlight or covered. It could be basement parking or under the shade of a tree. Also, you can use window shades, available at car accessory shops to block out the sun. If you have leather seats, it’s advisable to cover them with a sheet. This will help to keep the seats cool.

Always use Re-circulation mode
As the AC is blowing cool air at your face, turn on the recirculation mode. This means that the AC will circulate only the cooler air trapped inside the cabin and won’t suck air from the outside. In turn, that will need the system to work less to cool the vehicle down further.

Maintenance
Regular maintenance of the car is very important. Never forget to follow your vehicle’s periodic maintenance schedule, when the cabin air filter should be exchanged. Additionally, at some point, the refrigerant in the system will need to be replaced. Get the AC checked with an authorized service center.

Ventilate the car
In case, your car’s interior is excessively hot, it’s a lot better if you’ll try and ventilate the cabin first before turning on the AC. For this, you’ll require to open all the windows and doors and let them run idle with the AC on for some time. With this, the hot air will escape and will make things a whole lot easier for your car’s AC to cool the car down quickly.

The low speed on Auto AC
To decrease the temperature inside your car, start the AC at the lowest speed and you can later adjust it according to the occupant’s requirement.


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Differences between a Compact SUV and a Hatchback

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Benefits of an SUV:

Driving Position

Unlike premium hatchbacks, compact and standard-size crossover SUVs are bigger in height. This gives the driver a larger amount of road visibility.

Space Flexibility

It may appear as if small SUVs have the same cargo space as the hatchbacks, but as they say, looks can be deceiving. The boot space is bigger, and because of the height and ground clearance this vehicle can carry more luggage than the smaller hatchback. Also, the rear seats can be split or folded, meaning you can carry longer and larger items. In some vehicles, rooftop carriers can also be attached.

Ground Clearance

When considering a hatchback vs. an SUV, you may already know your answer if you live in an area that has bad roads. Generally, SUVs are built with a high ground clearance, which allows them to glide over errant speed breakers and rough roads easily in comparison to a lower-set hatchback.

Safety

It is commonly suggested that SUVs are safer than hatchbacks because they were built for rougher terrain. With the advent of features such as lane departure warning, ABS brakes, and others, however, safety is relative. Each of these features makes the SUV very safe, regardless of its size.

Benefits of Hatchback:

 Running costs:

For long-term running costs, hatchbacks are generally cheaper to run than SUVs.

Fuel Efficiency

Hatchbacks, in comparison to many other types of cars, are particularly fuel-friendly. Hatchbacks like the Toyota Etios Liva and Maruti swift are popular for their low fuel consumption.

Handling

How does a hatchback fare in terms of handling compared to an SUV? In the case of a hatchback, things like body roll occur much less often thanks to its lower height and smaller size.

Pricing

Most hatchbacks are cheaper than SUVs overall when buying outright. Additionally, the rate of depreciation of a hatchback is slightly lower than that of an SUV. According to car values, hatchbacks retain over 58% of their initial cost after 3-years of service. This is an attractive figure when compared to the manufacturing standard of 35%.