Summer can mean warmer weather (not always), increased stress levels and more journeys in your car. So here’s our advice to help with the challenges of summer driving!


Cooling system:

– High temperatures can effect the cooling system problems too. It’s important to check the coolant and cooling system regularly to avoid overheating

Dazzle:

– The dazzle from the sun can cause accidents, you can reduces the effect by keeping your windscreen nice and clean, and by replacing worn or damaged windscreen wipers.

It’s also handy to keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your car all year around!

Tiredness:

– Sometimes the heat can make you sleepy, if you are tired stop and take a short nap and have a drink of some strong coffee. 
It’s best to avoid driving while your tired but if it is unavoidable here are some tips that can help:

 

  • Take 20 minute breaks every couple of hour on longer journeys 
  • You’re better off taking several short (at least 20 minutes) stops than one long one
  • Don’t drink alcohol or eat a heavy meal before driving

 

Hayfever:
– Hayfever can get pretty bad during the summer months, if it gets bad while driving it is best to get someones else to drive if you can.
Also take medication but make sure it doesn’t cause drowsiness. Also close your car windows and air vents to reduce the pollen from getting in the car!
Tyres:
– If your tyres are already damaged or they’re at the wrong pressure, the higher temperatures of summer will increase the risk of a blowout.
Make sure you check tyres regularly – for condition and pressures – and increase pressures to suit extra loads, as advised in your handbook.