Now that the summer months are here, it's important to remember the problems that come with the change in weather when driving. Below you'll find some helpful tips and things to bear in mind when driving in the summer.
- Tyres - If your tyres are incorrectly inflated or damaged by wear and tear then the increased temperature in summer means the risk of a blowout is much higher. Make sure to check your tyres regularly for condition (tread, cuts and bulges etc.) and pressures, taking note of the correct tyre pressures in your vehicle handbook including extra loads.
- Glare - Driving conditions can be made more difficult from glare on bright days. Make sure that you keep your windscreen as clean as possible and remember to keep your windscreen washer resevoir topped up. It's also a good idea to keep sunglasses in the car to use on particularly bright days as the glare is a big cause of accidents in the summer.
- Overheating - The increased temperatures in summer can increase the risk of your engine overheating and causing major damage. Make sure you regularly check your engine coolant levels to make sure they fall between the min and max levels.
- Driving when tired - Driving in hot weather can increase tiredness and therefore the chances of causing an accident. If you feel tired when driving make sure you take regular breaks, especially when driving longer distances, of at least 20 minutes every 3 hours. Also remember that it's better to take several shorter breaks than one long one, and try not to eat a big meal before setting off on your journey.
- Hayfever - Not often mentioned but hayfever can cause many problems when driving - if you sneeze at 70mph then you'll lose vision for up to 100 metres! Things you can do to help if you're a hayfever sufferer is to close windows and air vents to avoid pollen, clean the interior of your vehicle, including mats and carpets, to reduce dust, keep tissues in the car and wear sunglasses to reduce glare. Also make sure that any medication you're taking is non-drowsy.
Take care when driving this summer and use the above tips to make sure you keep yourself and others safe on the roads!