10 Tips For Summer Driving

Whilst the summers are not always that good and sunny in the UK we are fortunate sometimes to have some decent sunny weather. However bright sunny weather can cause problems when we are driving and can create more hazards.

Because of the nice weather remember more people are out and about! There are more people on Bicycles, More people on horses, More Motorcyclists, More Tractors and Farm vehicles, More children out playing, More people out walking and enjoying the weather, More vegetation maybe reducing visibility at junctions and around corners.

Remember you and your passengers

Keep hydrated!

Dehydration is as deadly as alcohol. Severe symptoms can cause dizziness, fainting and pose a risk to drivers.

Check the temperature of your children’s car seat. The uncovered buckles of car seats can reach such high temperatures they can cause second degree burns to young children. When not in use cover the car seat with a blanket to help prevent buckles from heating up.

Never leave the young, elderly or a vulnerable person alone in a car. Even with the window left open the temperature inside the car can end up being double the outside temperature.

Remember dogs can also suffer from heatstroke, which leaves them unable to cool themselves, and can be fatal. So even with windows open you should never leave dogs alone in a car.

Here Are 10 tips For Summer Driving...

1: Wear Sunglasses
Not only are they good for reducing bright sunrays they will also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Keep a pair in your vehicle you never know when the sun may shine.

2: Use Your Sun visor
Almost every vehicle has one nowadays so use your sun visor and position it to block sunlight coming through the windscreen or side windows. All sun visors are designed not to hinder your visibility.

3: Keep Your Distance
Leave a greater distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you when driving in bright sunlight. Bright light greatly reduces your visibility and reaction time.

4: Avoid Driving at Certain Times
Try to avoid driving in times when sunlight is brightest. Because sunlight is often brightest during rush hour traffic times, most drivers are not able to avoid this difficult situation. Nevertheless, if you do not have to drive in bright sunlight, wait a few minutes until the sun has completely risen or set below the horizon before hitting the road.

5. Ensure Your Windscreen is Properly Washed
With sun glare reducing visibility it’s vital that you ensure your windscreen is clean and free of debris. Regularly check your windscreen washer fluid levels and top up when necessary. If you’ve got debris on your windscreen then the sun’s reflection will scatter through, making it even harder to see. As soon as you notice your windscreen starting to look a bit on the dirty side, give it a quick spray, but if you’ve got stubborn marks that won’t budge then clean the windows properly. Remember your wiper blades must be in good condition because they’ll fail to properly clean your windscreen if they’re worn or split. Wiper blades are fairly cheap to buy and simple to attach.

6: Hay Fever
Hay fever is potentially a serious problem. If you suffer from hay fever you may be on medication, make sure it doesn’t make you drowsy. Sneezing at 70mph could leave you blind for up to 100m. Try to drive with your windows closed, and turn your car’s air-conditioning into recirculating mode so it isn’t dragging pollen-laden air inside your car.

7. Top up Your Cars fluids
Car engines get extremely hot in warm weather, especially in standstill traffic. Ensure your coolant is always topped up and turn off your engine during traffic, which will also help save fuel. Also, make sure your window washer bottles are topped up.

8: Tyre Pressures
Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated. Tyre blowouts are a more common occurrence in hotter weather. Tyres with existing damage that are underinflated will become even more aggravated by higher temperatures, which increases the likelihood of blowouts and punctures.

9. Grab A Lift or Get A Taxi
Who can blame people when the sun is shining they flock to beer gardens, BBQ’s and festivals etc. These occasions are great, but people may be tempted to drink and drive when the sun’s out. Before you head out work out how you’re going to get home. Don’t drink if you’re the designated driver or get a lift or a taxi if you fancy a pint or two. That way you can enjoy the hot weather without putting your life, or anyone else’s, at risk.

10. Be prepared for rain
Finally, this is Britain and we always pay the price for little good weather we get. Be prepared to adapt your driving style in the event of any sharp changes in weather. Driving through heavy and summer storms comes with a totally different set of challenges. After a period of dry weather, rain on the road makes the road surface become extremely slippery. Because during the dry weather, dust, oils and other fluids from vehicles build up on the surface of the road. When the rainwater falls on the roads, instead of washing everything away, the water loosens the oils, creating a greasy and therefore slippery surface, which can catch drivers out.