How to Drive Safely in the Heat

When you think of poor driving conditions, your mind inevitably turns to rain, snow, and potentially high wind. But driving in hot weather can be equally problematic. So, whether you’re an old hand, a learner driver, or you’ve just passed your test, what do you need to think about when driving in hot weather?

Hot Weather Driving: Four Top Tips

For your car

Check Your Fluids

If you feel like you’re overheating the chances are that your car does too. Ensuring that you have the correct fluids – engine coolant in particular, but also oil, water, and wiper fluid – before you start your journey can save you a lot of stress later.

If it’s been a while since your last service, it can also be a good idea to check your brake fluid, and power-steering fluid before embarking on a long journey.

Check your tyres

Heat can affect the pressure in your tyres. When it’s hot, the air expands. And this can cause a tyre blowout. So, check your tyres for any signs of damage. And make sure that you don’t overfill your tyres if you’re pumping them up.

Check your battery

More than just about anything else, hot weather has the potential to make your car battery fail. This is because it causes the battery fluids to evaporate. It can also weaken its charge. So, unless you’re 100% certain that your battery is in full working order, it’s a good idea to get it tested before setting out on a long journey.

Prepare an emergency car kit

It’s always a good idea to have emergency provisions in your car. But in the UK, most people prepare for a winter breakdown, with blankets and wellies. But in summer, having water, non-perishable foods, a torch, jump leads, and a first aid kit, can be a really sensible precaution.

For you

Stay hydrated

Dehydration causes headaches, nausea, and irritability. It also inhibits your concentration, and can affect your reaction time. It doesn’t matter how inconvenient toilet breaks are. Drinking plenty of water is integral in hot weather.

Wear sunscreen

You’d be amazed by just how much sun filters in through your car’s windows. And your delicate English skin will burn. Which is not just painful at the time, but can cause cancer later. So, take a few minutes out of your precious schedule to slap on some sunblock.

Wear sunglasses

If you can’t see, you can’t drive safely. With glare being a major cause of summer diving accidents, sunglasses are a must for all drivers.

Buy a screen shield

It doesn’t take much for a car’s interior to become overheated. A windscreen shield can help to mitigate the effects of parking in a place without shade. It won’t make your car immune to the heat. But it will remove the sensation that you’re crawling into an oven each time you’ve been parked up for a period.

Summer driving requires common sense. If you’re having driving lessons with a professional instructor, they will manage all of the car-related issues. But sunglasses, sunscreen, and hydration can only be down to you. So, stay prepared for lessons and enjoy the summer driving experience.

Are you looking for driving lessons this summer? Find out about DGN’s Ultimate Driving Course.

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