Top 12 Tips for Surviving Summer Driving
Most Britons love nothing more than basking in the sun, and according to reports, Britain is about to hit a heatwave, as the tropical air of the Azores isles Atlantic will engulf the country over the next 10 days.
It will affect us all, but for those planning road trips it is essential to be ready. Drivers should be made aware of the dangers that heat can cause, especially since drivers are almost approaching 20% more miles only in cold weather.
In addition, during the summer you need to be especially careful when washing your car. Lightly clean the exterior of your vehicle using a pressure washer, especially the hard-to-reach areas under the vehicle. You can see guides in BestOfMachinery to ensure that you only go with a quality pressure washer for your car.
We have also produced a guide including 12 best tips to drive the summer, with LeasePlan UK.
Avoid overheating your car:
Check that the fluids in your car are at the correct level to avoid potentially damaging your engine. If the fluid does not reach the full line on the coolant reservoir, add a 50/50 mixture of water and coolant until it does.
Keep your car cool indoors:
Ensure a relaxed drive by not getting into an already hot car. Parking in the shade, opening your doors / windows or running your air conditioning for a few minutes before you leave will cool your car. But don’t forget to turn off your air conditioning when the car is at the desired temperature to save fuel.
Use medicines for all allergies:
According to the NHS, approximately 10 million people suffer from hay fever in England alone – this is a condition that can be a real problem when driving especially since it is very difficult to keep your eyes open while sneezing (see article here) Be sure to use hay fever tablets which have no known side effects such as blurred vision or drowsiness which could obviously interfere with your driving.
Avoid sun glare:
Vision disturbances caused by the strong rays of the sun are a common cause of accidents at this time of year. Replace worn windshield wipers to help keep your windshield clean, and use sunglasses and sun shades to help block the sun from your eyes. Windshields are especially dirty in dry weather and the marks can amplify the glare of the sun. Make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid to help you keep a clear view in the sun.
Never leave an animal locked in a vehicle:
Even with a sun shade and window open, you should not leave your pet locked in a vehicle. As with children, dogs can suffer from heatstroke and are therefore unable to cool off, which can have fatal consequences.
Always check the temperature of your child’s car seat:
Uncovered car seat buckles can reach temperatures so high that they can cause second degree burns.
Beware of dehydration:
Dehydration can be as deadly as alcohol for drivers with severe symptoms such as dizziness and fainting, posing a huge safety risk. During the summer, there is a 146% increase in driving errors due to dehydration, so be sure to take plenty of water with you on long journeys.
Check your tires regularly:
As the day heats up, the road and the air in your tires also heat up. Put a reminder on your phone to check the pressures to make sure they aren’t overpressurized.
Never leave a young, old or vulnerable person alone in a car:
Even with the window left open, the temperature inside the car can end up being double the temperature outside.
Check your car battery:
If you haven’t had your car’s battery changed in the past five years, make sure it is replaced or tested as the heat takes a heavy toll on the batteries.
Get an emergency car kit:
In the event of a breakdown, make sure you have an emergency kit in your car that includes items such as a water bottle, warning triangle, and jump leads, as well as an emergency blanket. reflective emergency that can be used for shadow. In many EU countries it is mandatory to have an emergency car kit that includes these items. See our feature on What you need when driving abroad.
Read your vehicle’s maintenance schedule:
In extreme heat, the belts and hoses that provide air conditioning can crack and blister. Be sure to pay close attention to any engine warning lights that may appear!