Eventually, I started stripping off layers of clothes in the back of the vehicle to deal with the lack of AC
Crowd sharing rides are challenging for me to deal with because of my social anxiety. However, I never realized that the indoor air temperature settings could be a much bigger trigger than even my social fears. I guess getting locked inside a car with horrible onboard heating, cooling, and air quality control was what I needed to develop a new phobia – uncomfortable car rides. You see, the problem all started when I was leaving the house last week in the middle of a particularly terrible hot spell. The summer air had been extremely hot and humid for the past several months already, but now it was taking a turn for the worse. Suddenly the outdoor air was so overwhelmingly uncomfortable that I changed outfits several times to deal with the outdoor climate. I knew that the indoor air at my final destination was going to be nothing like the outdoor air temperature that had to be traversed. This is when I managed to put on several layers of clothing to offset the cold air quality of the venue and jumped straight into my Uber without another thought. Unfortunately, when I got into the vehicle I noticed that the heating, cooling, and ventilation settings were not up to my preferences. In fact, it felt like the driver was blasting more heat into the vehicle, rather than high quality air conditioning to neutralize the heat outdoors. For the entire ride, the indoor air was stifling. I tried to roll down a window, but the humidity made the car feel even worse. Eventually, I started stripping off layers of clothes in the back of the vehicle to deal with the lack of AC. By the time I reached my destination, I was practically naked, sweaty, and filled with terror every time I thought about HVAC in my taxi for the foreseeable future.