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I have read that not driving an Insight regularly is bad for it. Is it enough to drive once per week?

Because I live in extremely hot summers, I was thinking I could leave my Insight mostly garaged during the hot months. This means I would simply drive another vehicle. I could drive the Insight early in the day, once per week, in order to keep it running well.

Would that be worse for the Insight than driving it daily? If I were to drive the Insight daily in the summertime, it would get extremely hot while parked on a black asphalt parking lot while I am working. There is no shaded or covered parking where I work.
 

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Good question. Not driving it is possibly as bad as having it experience high temperatures. Both kill the batteries.
Once per week for a prolonged period of time - deffo more than "once around the pudding" should be the best compromise.
 

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First, you have a hybrid. It needs to be driven to experience the benefit. Second, not sure where you are, but we get a little heat here in Phoenix.

Drive it daily.
Use the A/C generously.
Use a sunshade in the front window.
Park so the sunshade blocks the sun directly as much as possible.
Crack the windows 1/4 inch.
Drive for the first 1/2 mile with the windows 1/2 way down or more to flush the hot air out with the A/C running full blast.
 

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Drive it.... its a car don't baby it your good up to 150*F look at the door jam the only problem maybe would be if its a 120*F day and you park it in direct sunlight all day then maybe it would reach close to 150*F or 160*F but im sure its not that burning hot everyday ... its safe to drive and park when temps are under 105*F doesn't matter in sun or not. Its summer here and i don't have a garage or shade its out on the street from morning until night.
 

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You can drive it, but let out the heat if parked in the sun. If the sun has been bearing down on the dash the air coming from the vents will be scorching, so run the fans with the windows open for a minute or two before starting the engine.
Once driving, close the windows and use A/C. Be generous with the cold. The battery gets vented with cabin air, so if you're comfortable so is the hybrid battery.

I park in the shade when it is hot (in tropical Holland;)) and use a sunscreen if I can't get shade. I do have a set of black net shades for the rear sides and back window but did not get around mounting them yet, not that big an issue here.
 

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Today and during the next seven days, the high temperatures here are forecasted to be up to 110 F and as low as 105 F (highs, not lows). During many summers, it is typical to see highs reach 120 F.

its safe to drive and park when temps are under 105*F doesn't matter in sun or not.
It's too bad my Insight is not equipped with manual windows. I usually try to avoid operating power windows so they will not break or wear out. Usually I also avoid leaving windows cracked open so that dirt will not blow in. But now that I own a hybrid I will have to change many of my habits.
 

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Power window failures are very uncommon. Just keep the run channels lubed with silicone grease because extreme heat & cold can make them sticky.

Costco often has a carport gazebo like stucture sized to a car. My friends bought one for their back yard to put appliances and crates into when doing a whole house remodel. Perhaps you could use one at your job site?
 

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Yes, folks in Texas for instance always do. My daughter, who drove our Insight for a week suggested it even here in SoCal. (Where it is currently hotter than hell)

I do hope you are using your power windows with devils abandon. It’s a good idea, besides just leaving them cracked, to open them up after starting to let the hot air out. With the A/C on. Really. It’s going to take a few minutes for the A/C to blow cold anyway, let the hot air out.

I have also, when parking my car in the extreme heat, put a moving blanket over the whole windshield to block out the sun. But I imagine you have a sunscreen already?
 

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Thanks for the help, guys. This thread is easing my transition to "electrified" vehicles.

Thank you for the suggestion. I actually had an appointment for window tinting. As soon as I saw your link I canceled the appointment to give myself enough time to find a shop that will use that particular brand of tint. When I get a chance I will probably look for a tint shop in Las Vegas, Nevada that offers 3M.

But I imagine you have a sunscreen already?
Yes. I splurged on a WeatherTech shade that is supposed to be a custom fit for the make and model.
 
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