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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. *** 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.