Driving Tips This Summer

With Summer drawing closer, there are measures we can take to stay safe in the heat and prevent accidents on the road.

1. Check Tyres

To avoid a blowout when driving, check your tyre pressure regularly. The tyre pressure should be no more or less than the pressure stated in your manual. Tyres expand in the heat making it more likely for a blowout if you aren’t using the correct tyre pressure.

2. Frequently Check Coolant Levels

Ensure you maintain your coolant levels in the warm weather as cars tend to overheat, especially darker coloured cars. To avoid any issues with the engine, top up your coolant levels before your journey or take the car to a garage to get serviced properly.

3. Sunglasses Are Your Friend

Have you ever quickly hopped in your car to go somewhere and instantly regretted not bringing sunglasses with you? Sun visors aren’t enough to protect your eyes when you’re driving, as glare from the road can still impair your vision, especially if the road is wet. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times so you are always prepared for a clear, sunny day.

4. Tiredness Can Kill

We’ve all seen the sign on the motorway that encourages us to take a break from driving when we’re tired. Tiredness can be exacerbated by warm conditions and long car journeys. Make sure your car is well-ventilated whilst driving and you keep the windows open when you can. It is worth allowing 10 minutes before your journey to turn the air conditioning on and enable the car to cool before setting off.

5. Hydrated Is Key

Make sure you have water with you whilst driving. Not only is this vital for if you break down in the middle of nowhere when you’re dehydrated, but keeping hydrated will help you combat grogginess in the warm weather.

6. Carry a Spare Car Key

If you’re guilty of often losing your car keys when you’ve had a day at the beach or gone on a family adventure, carry a spare car key with you just in case. It is not uncommon for people to jump right in the sea with their remote car key in their pocket only to find it is no use later on. Putting a spare car key in a side pocket of your bag or somewhere safe will get you out of trouble should you lose or break the other one.

If you do happen to lose or break your car key in Devon, give us a call on 01392 461200 for a car key quote. We can assist you on the roadside at no extra cost.

7. Never Leave Your Dog in the Car

“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.” RSPCA

It is simply not worth it. If you are planning on leaving your dog in the car on a mild day, don’t. Leave your dog at home where it is safe and cool.

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