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Unable to withstand the summer heat, Uber-Ola taxi drivers turn on the air conditioning themselves

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 27, 2022

Taxi drivers in Kolkata have started turning on their air conditioners due to the unbearable summer heat. Previously, some taxi drivers in some cities did not turn on the air conditioning due to the high price of gasoline. They often refused to turn on the air conditioning or charged passengers extra. It seems that even the drivers feel the summer heat because of which they decided to turn on the air conditioners.

The temperature in Kolkata is close to 40 degrees and the temperature inside the car can be even higher if parked in direct sunlight. This happens because of the greenhouse effect, the heat enters the cabin through the glass but it cannot get out due to which the temperature in the cabin is higher than outside.

A taxi driver said in an interview with Times Of India. “My car owner had strictly ordered me not to turn on the AC no matter what the customer said. He even told me to lie that the AC gas was leaking. But in the past week, he has It’s so hot that I told my employer that I wouldn’t drive if I wasn’t allowed to turn on the air conditioning.”

Another taxi driver named Amit Singh, who owns his own car, said: ‘I realized there was no point in punishing my own body and disturbing mental peace by haggling air conditioning with customers just to save some money. dollars. Therefore, I turned on the AC and will continue to keep it on for the time being,”

Unable to withstand the summer heat, Uber-Ola taxi drivers turn on the air conditioning themselves

How to keep your car cool in the summer?

window blinds

Unable to withstand the summer heat, Uber-Ola taxi drivers turn on the air conditioning themselves

Sunscreens are banned in India, but you can still use blinds. You may need to remove them in some states, but most states allow them. When you park the car, cover the windows with wun blinds. This will reduce the amount of heat that reaches the cabin interior. You can choose a vehicle specific or generic sun visor. Most of them stuck to the windshield using a vacuum cleaner.

Park in the shade

Unable to withstand the summer heat, Uber-Ola taxi drivers turn on the air conditioning themselves

If possible, try to find a shady place to park your vehicle. This can be next to a building or under a tree. Since the vehicle is parked in the shade, the sun’s radiation and heat do not enter the passenger compartment directly. Yes, the cabin will warm up, but it will still be a few degrees cooler than it would have been if you had parked the car in direct sunlight.

Cover seats, dashboard and steering wheel

Unable to withstand the summer heat, Uber-Ola taxi drivers turn on the air conditioning themselves

Another thing you can do is put a sheet or towel over your seats, dashboard and steering wheel when you park the car. Vinyl and leather coverings tend to get very hot when parked in direct sunlight. The towel or sheet will act as a barrier between the heat of the sun and the seats. Due to this, the seats, the dashboard and the steering wheel will become less hot than usual.

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