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One small sweat fOr mankind

BY RAY MAGLIOZZI

Dear Car Talk:
In our hot, summer climate, my
back gets uncomfortably hot and
moist when driving distances. I’d
like our next car to have cooled
seats, but I have heard that some
of these don’t work very well and
aren’t worth the money. What do
you think? Would I do better to
buy an after-market ventilated
cushion? Thanks! — Paul

— some better than others. You
certainly want one that ventilates
the seat back as well as the seat
cushion.

blue dress shirt. And when you get
back to the dealership after your
20-minute loop, have him use a
Sharpie and mark how far out
from
your spine the sweat stains
You can always try an afterspread. After a few test-drives,
market cushion first with your
the marks on that shirt will tell
current car. If it does the trick,
you
which car to buy next. You’ll
then you’ve not only made
lose a shirt, but gain invaluable
yourself more comfortable now,
but you don’t have to worry about knowledge for mankind, Paul.
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what car you buy next. Just take
the cushion with you. If the after- Got a question about cars? Write to
market cushion doesn’t cut it,
Ray in care of King Features, 628
Finally, heated and cooled seat
then you need to embark on some Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or
bottoms, curing us of the terrible
scourge of butt sweat. From there, summer test-drives. Make a list of email by visiting the Car Talk website
the cars you’re considering. Then, at www.cartalk.com.
the ventilation moved to seat
on a nice, sweltering 95-degree
© 2019 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug
backs, to try to keep backs dry.
day,
go
do
some
testing.
Berman Distributed by King Features
We’ve found that many of the
ventilated seats work pretty well
Syndicate, Inc.
Get a friend to help you. Wear a

Have you considered switching
to 100% Pima cotton
undergarments, Paul? We’ve
actually come a long way in seat
comfort. If you’re old enough, you
may remember the vinyl seats of
’50s, ’60s and ’70s. In the summer,
if you were wearing shorts, and
your car was parked in the sun,
you’d sear the backs of your
thighs like a tuna steak when you
sat down. Then came cloth and
velour, which were improvements.

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