Model Y

Driving in smoke pollution

What is the best setting to have climate control set when driving several hours through thick smoke. Is it safe to recycle the air for four hours? Does the air filter, filter smoke efficiently?


  • I'd recommend recycle when it is smoky outside so the percentage of bad air coming into the car is minimized. Even on recycle, it will draw in some outside air. No cars are sealed from outside air for obvious reasons.
  • Let me amend that - almost all cars are not sealed. I expect "The Beast" used as the presidential limo and perhaps a few other special cars are sealed and have a separate onboard oxygen supply to handle chemical attacks.
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