Pat Shingleton: "Car Cool Down..."
Opening up the car window to cool-down the occupants is a "thing-of-the-past." Before auto-A.C. it did cool the occupants through evaporation. Closed windows reduce automobile drag and possibly less fuel consumption. In 1933, conditioned air was introduced for luxury cars and limousines and Packard's were the first manufacturers to install them in their 1940 models. Twelve years later, air conditioning became a standard feature in the Chrysler Imperial. Since then, virtually all vehicles have air conditioning and around here it is not only welcome, but a necessity. Experts suggest opening your windows before activating the AC controls. Research indicates that the car dashboard, seats and even air fresheners emit a cancer causing carcinogen called Benzene and a vehicle in direct sunlight at 60 degrees increases Benzene levels by 40 times over acceptable levels. These directives are also identified in your vehicle owner's manual.