How to Keep a Parked Car Cool

4 Tips on How To Keep Your Car Cool When Parking for an Extended Time

Summer brings hot, sunny weather, leaving most drivers to deal with hot and uncomfortable cars. Hot cars are dangerous, as many of the car’s parts — such as seat belts or the steering wheel — heat up and may become too hot to touch. Thankfully, there are some proactive steps that can be taken to keep the car cool during the hot summer months.


  1. Find a shady parking spot in the shadow of a building or under a tree. This is often easier said than done, since most people looking for a parking spot are looking to keep their car cool as well. If all the shady parking spots have been taken, look for the next best thing: a parking spot with partial sun or a spot that will receive shade as the sun moves. If a garage is available, park there.
  2. Vent the windows. Leaving the windows open a half-inch will allow cooler air to flow through the car as it is parked. Side vent shades for the backseat side windows also help keep the seat and car cool.
  3. Shield the windows. Cars parked in a parking lot for long periods of time under direct sun can reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit inside. Most car companies sell customized car window shields, but they may also be purchased at car auto supply stores or from online retailers. Window shields lower the interior temperature of the car and help to protect the interior’s fabrics and the car’s dashboard from heat and color fading.
  4. Use the air-conditioning. Once you enter a warm car, lower the window a few inches, then let the engine warm up before turning the air-conditioner on. Once the air-conditioner is emitting cool air, close the windows.

Car Parking Safety Tips

Parking a car seems simple, but it often results in fender-bender incidents, and sometimes serious accidents, injuries or death. According to the Independent Insurance Agents of America (IIAA), one in five automobile insurance claims comes from incidents in parking lots. Parking can be difficult in crowded lots and streets, but it can be done in a safe manner.

Park Defensively

  • Drivers should look for parking spots that will not crowd the vehicles next to them. The car should be parked in the center of the parking space with ample room on both sides for passengers to get out. It also is recommended by the National Safety Council that vehicles back into a parking space to allow them an easier and safer exit. Their rationale is that people usually pay greater attention when backing into a parking space, but not when backing out. They may be in a hurry or distracted, which creates the risk of hitting pedestrians or other vehicles.

Backing Moves

  • According to the National Safety Council, one of four vehicle accidents are caused by backing moves. Backing accidents cause 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year. In tight spaces, it is a good idea to do a walk-around of the vehicle before backing, to look for hidden hazards and gauge the available space. If you have pulled into a parking space, you can do the walk-around as you approach the vehicle before leaving the space. Look for possible children in the area, potholes or tire obstructions. After the walk-around, the driver should get in the vehicle and begin backing in a timely fashion to minimize the risk of changing conditions, such as children walking behind the vehicle. If possible, have a spotter assist with the backing using hand signals instead of verbal signals. Drivers need to practice patience in safe surroundings until they become familiar with the way the vehicle backs.

Parking Situations

  • For each type of parking situation, drivers should signal and stop about six to eight feet from the space to alert vehicles behind them of their intentions. Drivers should always scan the space for people or obstructions before proceeding. Proceeding into the space slowly is important in the event an object or person comes into view as the driver pulls into the spot. Most parking situations involve angle or perpendicular parking. In these cases, the car should be stopped even with the curb or parking line to avoid tripping hazards for pedestrians walking past. For parallel parking, drivers must be even more cautious about the traffic around them and the pedestrians and vehicles they will be parking in between. Scanning the area multiple times is usually best. When parking on a hill, it is important to apply the brake and approach parallel to and 12 inches from the curb. If facing uphill, the wheels should be turned left and toward the road. If facing downhill, the wheels should be turned right and toward the curb. The parking brake also should be set.


  • Crimes in parking lots and areas are common and are a large factor in car parking safety. The IIAA reports that 80 percent of crimes committed at shopping facilities occur in parking lots. To avoid carjackings, theft, vandalism and other crimes, drivers should only park in well-lit areas. They should keep their doors locked until their belongings are gathered, and then quickly exit the vehicle. Car doors and windows should always be kept locked and shopping bags and valuables kept out of sight. When approaching the vehicle to leave, drivers should have their keys ready while scanning the area attentively for possible trouble.

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5 Tips For Parking Your Car Long-Term

Light_5Lighthouse Parking is Galveston’s premier, cruise terminal parking facility. We pride ourselves on offering one of the safest facilities to park your vehicle for your cruise vacation. We want to offer you some great tips for making the return to your vehicle a pleasant return home.

1. Remove Trash From Your Vehicle

Our vehicles sometimes double as a catch-all dumpster for our day-to-day trash. Before you embark on your cruise vacation, make sure that you remove any trash from you vehicle to prevent coming back to the over looked drive-thru food that will become a smelly mess after sitting for a week in your car in the hot Texas sun.

2. Remove Your Valuable

This is common practice no matter where you are parking your vehicle. Lighthouse provides staffed security 24/7, but it never hurts to remove any temptation from your vehicle while you are away.

3. Fill Your Tank Before You Park

The last thing you want to do after a cruise vacation filled with relaxation and making memories with your loved ones is to stop for gas. In addition, having a full tank of gas reduces the potential of condensation build up inside your tank and keeps seals from drying out. The longer you are leaving your vehicle parked, the more important this becomes.

4. Minor Maintenance to Your Vehicle

Fill your tires, stationary tires can often flatten over time. Turn off all lights, including interior lights, dome lights, and headlights. Make sure your windows are fully closed.

5. Bring Windshield Cleaning Supplies

Chances are that your windshield will be dirty after sitting for a week, even in our covered cruise parking facility. We suggest bringing cleaning supplies for your windshield or make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is topped off.

Cruise vacations are fun and exciting and we want to make sure that your return from your vacation goes off without any issues. Just a few preparation steps and your return home will be just as great as your trip.

Car Covers: A Cautionary Tale

When deciding on a parking facility that offers parking protected by a permanent canopy versus a facility offering the option of renting a temporary fabric car cover, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Possible abrasion to the paint or clear coat

    o When using a cover other that one custom fitted to your specific make and model of vehicle, you run the risk of wind causing a poorly fitted cover to rub across the paint or clear coat on your vehicle, causing scratches and abrasions from trapped dirt and grit. See an example of a poorly fitted car cover blown loose by the wind.

  • Time spent installing and removing a car cover.

    o Do you really want to spend vacation time trying to attach an ill-fitting car cover to your car, or would you rather just park your vehicle and unload your luggage under the protection of a permanent canopy? The permanent car canopies at Lighthouse Parking provide fast, easy protection, especially during inclement weather. No one wants to hassle with a car cover in the pouring down rain.

    Ultimately, car canopies provide no-hassle protection not only to your vehicle but to you, your family and your luggage without the possible damage to your car’s finish from a poorly fitted car cover.

Port of Galveston Parking Hoops

Many people seem to choose parking with the Port of Galveston by default, not realizing that there are more convenient, customer service oriented options, such as Lighthouse Covered Cruise Parking, available to them.

Below is a summary of all the steps required when you choose to park with the Port as compared to the simple convenience of parking with Lighthouse Cruise Parking.

When you park at the Port of Galveston, first you must endure the traffic on Harborside Drive to reach the Port to drop off your luggage before you park, because the fee you pay to park at the Port does not include baggage handling.


  1. Navigate traffic down Harborside to enter the Port of Galveston.
  2. Wait in line until a space opens up where you can…
    1.  Stop
    2. Find a Port Policeman and ask him which parking lot you need to park in. The Port has 3 different lots and where you park depends on which ship is sailing that day.
    3. Navigate more traffic to get to your parking lot.
    4. Get parked.
    5. Wait for a shuttle. Have a snack. Wait some more.
    6. Ride back to the Port.
    7. Now you can, FINALLY, begin your vacation.


Park with the friendly, professional staff at Lighthouse Cruise Parking and…

  1. Drive to the Lighthouse entrance near Market St and 29th, luggage and all. Check in with our lot attendant who will direct you to a parking spot in our secured facility.
  2. Lighthouse Staff will load your luggage onto one of our shuttle buses.
  3. One of our friendly drivers will whisk you to the Port in climate controlled comfort. No need to endure aggravating traffic.
  4. Lighthouse Staff will unload your luggage at the Port.

Enjoy your Vacation!