June 27, 2017 at 3:13 PM
When it comes to the Great British Weather, everyone knows that the best advice is to be prepared for anything. For motorists, there is always an abundance of advice for winter driving – yet the hot and sunny conditions that we have been experiencing recently bring their very own set of challenges.
With that in mind, here are some top tips for staying safe and comfortable on the roads this summer.
This advice is important for you in order to stay fresh and alert behind the wheel. However, it applies equally to your car. The days when hot weather used to mean vehicles overheating by the side of the road every few hundred yards are thankfully behind us, but just because modern cars are more reliable, it doesn't mean that they are magic.
Check your coolant is topped up, particularly if you have a long trip ahead and are likely to spend time sitting in traffic. Also check your screen wash, as those summer bugs will soon mount up on the windscreen.
Keep it cool
Nothing is worse than getting into a car that feels like an oven. It will make you and your passengers hot and bothered before you even start, and will set the tone for an uncomfortable journey.
Leave the car parked in a shady spot if at all possible, and if not, do everybody a favour and let the air conditioning work its magic for a few minutes before you set off.
Be extra vigilant
The summer weather brings everyone out and about. If you decide to take a drive in the country, you will be sharing the public highway with more than just other cars. Cyclists, walkers, horse riders and the inevitable tractors and farm machinery will also be out in force. Make the assumption that at least one of them is around every blind corner, and be prepared to stop.
Dogs die in hot cars
It is a warning that we have all heard, but you would be amazed at how many people still leave their beloved pet in the car, thinking it will be okay “just for a few minutes.” The fact is that a few minutes can take longer than you think, and even if you have found a shady spot, or have left the window open, leaving the dog in the car can end in tragedy. Don't risk it.
If you suffer from hay fever in the summer months, at least you have the comfort of knowing that you are not alone. NHS figures suggest that there are around 10 million hay fever sufferers in England. However, the last place that you want to be when you have a sudden sneezing fit is behind the wheel of a car on the motorway.
There are plenty of medicines on the market to ease the symptoms, and you probably have your favourite – but be aware that some can cause drowsiness, so always check the label if you are planning to take them before driving.