We all know that parking your car in a parking deck or in a shady spot makes sense in the summer. As outside temperatures rise, so do temperatures inside your vehicle. A Stanford University study showed that even on a cool day (72°) a car’s internal temperature can rise to 116° in one hour’s time.
So the benefits of parking a car in the shade to cool internal temperatures are obvious, but did you know that it can save you money as well?
The Daily Green reports that gasoline evaporates quickly from closed gas tanks and this process increases as temperatures rise. Parking under a tree or parking garage can decrease the amount of fuel lost to evaporation and lowers the temps inside your car, requiring less air conditioning when you return.