This can be a serious problem not just for the car, but for the driver too! Driving in hot weather can cause the engine to overheat and can cause issues with the coolant system. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge in your car and check your coolant levels before heading out. It’s also handy to keep some extra coolant in the car or some water as a backup. Air conditioning can put some added strain on your engine, so if you suspect the engine is overheating turn this off. It may make the next few miles unbearable but can be the difference between a breakdown and getting somewhere safe to call for help. If you’re the driver, make sure you keep hydrated in the car, especially during longer journeys. Make sure you take plenty of breaks and keep a water bottle with you.
For some reason, there always seems to be an increase in roadworks during the summer. Road conditions can be affected by the change in temperatures from winter in to summer, so keep an eye on any cracks and potholes that may appear on your daily route. For any major roadworks, there is usually plenty of notice given, so keep this in mind to allow extra time to get to your destination.
Along with increased roadworks, traffic levels are also higher during the summer with school holidays meaning more people are on the road than usual. Public transport use can increase during the holidays too, so expect traffic and a lot of it. If you get stressed in these situations why not try a different route? It may add a few minutes on to your journey, but it could help avoid any road rage situations.
During the warmer weather, many drivers decide to swap the fast lane for the cycle lane, which can increase the number of cyclists on the road. Many people are taking advantage of the nice weather or simply trying to get that summer body ready. It’s not only adults cycling to work, many schools are encouraging children to cycle now, reducing congestion and pollution around school areas. Always be aware of cyclists on the road, slow down when you’re near and keep as much distance as possible.
The sun can be pretty rare in the UK, which is why it can often catch us off guard, especially when we’re behind the wheel. Glare from the sun can seriously affect your sight and can be a serious distraction leading to accidents. The best way to stay prepared is to keep your windscreen nice and clean, replace any worn out windscreen wipers, keep your screen wash topped up and keep a clean pair of sunglasses in the car. Sun visors are there to help, but if you’re not so blessed in the height department, it may be time to invest in extendable visors.
If you suffer badly from hayfever the best option, if you can, is to have someone else drive. Hayfever, when particularly bad, can affect your eyesight, cause drowsiness if you’re taking medication and can make driving very uncomfortable. If you do need to drive, keep windows and air vents closed to keep out any pollens, keep your car clean of any dust, keep tissues in your car and wear sunglasses to block out the light.
Driving in the summer can mean long journeys with children and even pets, so make sure you check out our blog for tips on driving with kids and pets.
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