Driving Without A/C

I went camping last weekend and had to drive through Sacramento, California in the middle of the day and during a heat wave. My car has no air conditioning. It was over a hundred degrees out. That’s in Fahrenheit. I don’t fuck around with the Celsius. Anyway, it was over a hundred degrees out and I was driving without A/C. It was terrible. I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, had the windows rolled down, and had to continually dump cold water on my head to cool down. It wasn’t enough. I was about to pass out from the heat. I had to stop a few times, finding various gas stations and 7-Elevens to use as sanctuary from the merciless sun. At one point I got the largest Slurpee they had and savored it as I travelled on down the road. I’m pretty sure that Slurpee saved my life. It kept me cold and comfortable and lasted me long enough to avoid getting heat stroke.

I wouldn’t recommend driving without A/C. If you have to do it, be prepared. On the way back from my camping trip, I made sure to bring a bunch of ice. I would suck on a couple of cubes, drop one down my shirt occasionally, and rub one across my face and forehead every now and then. I never had to stop or pull over for fear of passing out. It dawned on me that ice keeps you cold. Being cold is nice on a hot day.

Critically Rated at 6/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young


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