Shades For Car Windows

shades for car windows

    car windows
  • (car window) a window in a car

  • Car glass includes windscreens, side and rear windows, and glass panel roofs on a vehicle. Side windows can be either fixed or be raised and lowered by depressing a button (power window) or switch or using a hand-turned crank.

  • Screen from direct light

  • Darken or color (an illustration or diagram) with parallel pencil lines or a block of color

  • Cover, moderate, or exclude the light of

  • sunglasses: spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun; "he was wearing a pair of mirrored shades"

  • (shade) relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body; "it is much cooler in the shade"; "there's too much shadiness to take good photographs"

  • (shade) shadow: cast a shadow over

Cars with Snow Hats: As Dangerous As They Are Cute

Cars with Snow Hats: As Dangerous As They Are Cute

In weather like this, by the time you've got your windshield and windows brushed off (or shoveled out), you're probably exhausted, or freezing, or both. You figure you'll get the roof later. That's why lots of cars were driving around Madison today still sporting these spiffy white hats. They're cute as hell.

They're also dangerous. The problems is that, while the snow on top gets crustier and harder as time goes by, the foundation tends to give way at unpredictable moments as the car warms up. At first the snow pack seems held to the roof by countless icy, sticky fingers. Then suddenly, with no warning, the bottom layer melts from the warmth of the car and the whole thing can go flying. It might fly backwards when accelerating from a stop sign. No problem, except maybe to annoy the people in the car behind you if it all falls on the hood of their car. The real problem happens the other way around -- when you're in traffic and have to hit your brakes. The whole thing can slide down and cover your windshield, with the crusty snow on top holding it together as a single sheet that just sits there and blocks your vision until you can get out and clear the windshield.

I once saw this happen near Park and University, when a driver braked for student jaywalkers and the snow cap came down on the windshield like a shade. They were blind until they could stop the car (in traffic) and get out and push the snow aside. Nobody was hurt, but it was a close call.

It can take forever to brush a foot of snow off the roof. Forget the brush. Just push the snow off with a shovel -- a few passes will do it. You might be glad you did.


Solar funnel cooker with diamond plate car window shade

Solar funnel cooker with diamond plate car window shade

The solar funnel cooker works in the upright position but gets knocked over easily by the wind. I have found that it works very well just set down on the ground horizontally. See my other pictures for detail. This vertical position is good for midday sun but the horizontal posistion also works for that.

I found that the "diamond plate" versions were stiffer and more reflective that the standard ones with the crinkled reflective finish.

The sunshade material is water resistant and any rain from a passing shower will run off through the bottom of the funnel.

Add a couple of carefully placed pieces of velcro to hold its various poses and then prop it up in an old metal trash can.

The cooking pot is made of a large glass bowl with a glass lid. A round black pan is the cooking tray. In this configuration, it hit 225° F in about 10 minutes.

shades for car windows

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