Pat Shingleton: "Crank Up the A.C."
Open vehicle windows will cool the occupants through evaporation and 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 certainly welcome. Experts suggest opening the windows before activating the AC controls. Research indicates that the car dashboard, seats and even air fresheners emit a cancer causing carcinogen, Benzene. Direct sunlight increases Benzene levels by 40 times over acceptable levels.