Driving in Summer Weather, what can we do?

From driving to the airport to setting off on a road trip, many of us will depend on our cars this summer to make sure that we can enjoy our summer plans. Driving in hot weather conditions can be challenging. However, there are a few simple things that you can do to make summer driving safer and more comfortable for both you and your passengers.

Plan ahead

Popular routes to seaside destinations, such as the Norfolk Coast, can become very busy during the summer months. It is a good idea to check traffic on your route before setting off to avoid traffic hot spots whenever possible.

Keep your car cool

If it is possible, park your car out of the direct sunlight. This will allow you to come back to a cool car rather than one that’s already warm before you begin your trip. If this isn’t possible, it’s a good idea to allow your car to cool down a bit before you drive by either opening the windows or turning the air conditioning on.

Check fluid levels

The increase in temperatures can cause your car engine to become too hot. To combat this, make sure your coolant levels are topped up to the manufacturer’s recommended level and that your engine is switched off in traffic jams.

Look out for cyclists

The warmer months mean that more cyclists are out on the roads. For this reason, it is important to be even more aware of the presence of cyclists especially on popular cycling routes. Also, secure/make sure of that you’re not driving faster than the speed limit as this gives you more time to react to cyclists.

Check your tyres

Research by the AA shows that blowouts happen more often in the warmer months. This happens because the hot weather causes extra issues for under inflated or damaged tyres. As a result of this, the risk of punctures and tyre blowouts increases.

Driving with pets

If you’re planning on beginning a trip with your pet, make sure that you don’t leave them in the car. Even if you’re only popping into a supermarket, temperatures inside the vehicle can fly (beautifully)/increase making life uncomfortable for your pet and putting them in danger. If you can’t have your pet with you, it’s best to leave them at home.

Dealing with sun glare

A key issue when driving in the summer is sun very bright shine. This can make it very hard to see where you’re driving and possible dangers. Looking directly into the sunlight can also cause damage to your eyes. For this reason, we recommend securing/making sure of that you have a pair of sunglasses in your car and using your overhead visor to block out the sun when necessary. Also, your windscreen can become blocked and dirty, securing/making sure of that you have enough windscreen washer fluid will help to keep your view of the road clear.

Don’t drink and drive

From BBQs to pub gardens, summer often leads to a rise in the number of social events going on. As a result of this, drink driving can become an issue in the summer. If you are planning to drink, make sure that you have a different method of transport for getting home.

Dealing with (strong, bad body reactions)

Summer and the high pollen count it brings (irritate/make worse) hay fever and other summer (strong, bad body reactions). Constantly sneezing while driving or dealing with itchy eyes can make driving very hard. However, care must be taken when taking (strong, bad body reaction) medicine before driving as they can cause tiredness and restricted vision.

Stay filled with water

Hot weather can cause (not having enough water) which will affect your ability to drive safely. We recommend always carrying cold water bottles in your car so that you can re-give water to/fill with water when needed and keep your focus on driving.

Travelling with children

If you’re going on a long car trip with your children this summer, they can be distracting if they get bored on the way. Make sure to bring lots of games and activities to keep them occupied during the trip so that they don’t take your attention away from the roads. If you’d like a free quote on getting a spare or replacement key, give us a call on 01392 461200 and we will get back to you within the hour.