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Hot weather driving tips

23/07/2019

Hot weather driving tips

With most of the UK in the grips of a heatwave, Thursday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far with a forecast 35-degrees we thought we'd share our advice on staying safe, in hot weather, on the roads.


Plan your journey 🚙 

Plan your route in advance and don’t forget to include breaks if you’re taking a long journey.

Cool down  ❄️ 

As much as we warm our cars up in the winter before setting off, in the summer you should cool down. Crank up the air conditioning before you hit the road so your journey is comfortable from the off

Think about your choice of clothing 👕 

As the interior of your car can get very warm, make sure you wear clothes that will keep you as cool as possible and think about your footwear. There is no law on what to wear on your feet but bare foot, flip flops or loose sandles can affect how much control you have over your vehicle.

Prevent drowsiness 💦 

Keep well hydrated when driving in hot weather and it is extremely important that you check any hayfever medication to ensure your driving ability won’t be affected. If in doubt, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Find a shady spot to park 🚘 

The interior of your vehicle can get very hot in the summer, especially if the seats are leather or plastic. Keep your vehicle well-ventilated and try to park in a shady spot to prevent both the interior and engine of your car overheating.

Be careful of slippery roads 🚙 🚗 

In high temperatures, road surfaces can become soft and if it rains after a dry spell it may become slippery. Be mindful of breaking distances and drive at the recommended speed at all times.

Reduce sun glare 😎 

Wearing sunglasses and using the sun visor in your car can help to  prevent sunlight from dazzling you on the road but in extreme cases of glare find a safe spot to pull over.

Car maintenance 🚘 

Car maintenance is important whatever the weather but in the summer engines are more prone to overheat  so make sure you regularly inspect the coolant level. Keep your windscreen clean as this will prevent sun glare.

 

Safe driving and enjoy the sun ☀️