I have been driving the same car since I was sixteen years old. My sister drove it, my mother drove it, and my dad drove it. It has been through everything. It's a 1997 Plymouth Neon. It is a manual car. And when I say manual, I mean everything is manual. Rolling down your windows means cranking your arm, and locking the doors means reminding all of your passengers to lock their doors when they exit the vehicle. Oh you want to move your seat? Then you have to find the lever and use your legs and some major hip thrusts to find that perfect spot. You can't see out the mirror, then here's a little stick you can fiddle with. ABS? I don't think so! If you need to stop quickly then it requires you to stomp your foot as fast as you repeatedly can.
The biggest nuisance is the fact that it does not have air conditioning. It was initially equipped with A/C, but once it broke it was gone for good. They stopped making the part that broke, and it failed in pretty much every Neon out there. So, I haven't had A/C in my car in over 10 years. Did I mention that I live in a desert climate? Yep. If I am ever favored with a good hair or makeup day it can be ruined in less than 5 minutes in old Nero (that's his name).
It's ok though. I know how to handle it, but my kids don't. They hate riding in Mom's car. My toddler cries every time because her shirt gets "wet." And my baby cries because she gets blinded from the scorching sun. Did I mention that the windows aren't tinted? I just can't afford to fork out that kind of money right now. We don't go very many places during the summer because I don't want to subject my children to that kind of torture. A hot, bright car has actually affected our levels of happiness and social activity. It's pretty bad.
Or at least it was.
It's not as bad now that we have started using Mr. Bene's Static Cling Car Sun Shades and Alphashades' Car Windshield Sunshade. These two products have helped so much! It may not feel like an arctic snow being blown on us, but at least it doesn't feel like we're sitting in a frying pan anymore. I have definitely felt and seen a difference with these two products.
My daughter is always complaining about the sun being in her eyes. I keep a pair of sunglasses in my car just for her. The Static Cling Car Sun Shades have helped tremendously with this issue. They block out some of the brightness so that she doesn't have the sun glaring in her eyes. They are still really sheer though so she can still see out the windows. There is enough visibility through these shades that I can place them in the front side windows and drive still.
They are designed to block 97% of harmful UV rays and are UPF 30+. This puts me at ease because I don't have to worry about my girls getting sun damage as we drive around. I leave them left on the windows when we exit the car because they help to keep a little sunlight off of their car seats.
They are a little smaller than I expected, but after using them I am thankful for their size. I can fit them in the small windows of our truck (there is a little overhang). They are 12" x 19". You can put them in any position or angle to block wherever the sun may be at the time. Once my daughter is a little older she will even be able to re-position them herself. I can even roll the window partially down and still use these sunshades.
I haven't used mine long enough to get them really dirty. I am sure that they don't stick as well once they get dirty. I just make sure to wipe the dust and dirty fingerprints off my windows fairly often, so that I don't have to worry about it when I am in a hurry. They recommend to wipe off your window before each application. I haven't tried it for myself, but I think that you could just rinse off the dust if they did start to lose their cling. Your window does not need to be wet in order to use these. They are so much easier to use than the old suction cup style.
The best part is that they have a 100% money back, lifetime, no questions asked guarantee!
I received my set as a free sample for testing and reviewing purposes. These are my own honest opinions about the product. I would recommend them to family and friends and purchase them myself.
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