I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely sun!
Now that all schools/unis are broken up, I’m sure many of you have some lovely trips planned. Whether they be short mini breaks to the beach or the country or luxury holidays abroad, with hotter climates and sunny days it’s worth knowing how it can affect our cars and our driving.
I had recently read a similar post by Sophia here, which I thought was so useful and taught me things I hadn’t known, which I think are really good to keep in mind around this time of year. So I’ve done my own post in collaboration with a UK car tyre dealership network, where you can buy tyres online in a few easy steps at Point S, to remind you how to drive safe in the summer.
#1 – Check your tyres
– Sun and hot weather has been shown to cause car tyres to expand making them more prone to blowouts.
– Make sure you check your tyres regularly and definitely before a long journey. Your tread depth should be minimum 1.6mm across the central 3/4 of the tread and around the outer circumference of the tyre. And if you’re carrying extra passengers or have a boot packed with heavy holiday essentials this will put pressure on your tyres.
– Check your spare tyre for any punctures or damage
#2 – Engine Coolant
– Hot weather and long journeys can cause the car and engine to overheat. This can cause breakdown of the car and irreversible damage to the engine as well as hyperthermia in kids/pets if the car is too hot and they are left inside for too long.
– Make sure you check the air conditioning to make sure it’s functioning.
– When the engine is cool, check the coolant (antifreeze) and water levels. If the coolant is clear, rusty or has bits floating in it, you’ll need to get it flushed and refilled.
#3 – Slippery roads
– Sun on roads can cause them to become very hot and causes oils from cars to be absorbed into the road. This means that when it rains, it can make the roads very slippery and an added risk to driving.
– Make sure you are in control of the vehicle and aware of your surroundings and just be aware of the potential slipperyness of the road.
#4 – Glare
– Sunny days often mean busier roads and potentially less reliable visibility, so it’s very important to ensure your vehicle is fit to drive and to optimise your visual ability.
– Plan what time you’re travelling, some times early in the morning or late in the evening can mean the sun is in right the wrong place.
– Bring sunglasses – but be aware that sometimes these can make things less visible or appear differently.
– Ensure your windscreen is not damaged and your wipers work correctly and that there’s enough water in the system to wash off any debris that gets onto your windscreen when driving.
#5 – Busier roads
– Summertime comes with hotter and more pleasant weather which attracts more cyclists on the road, which you need to be more aware of, especially in areas where there are little or no cycle lanes. It’s also the time for family holidays and an abundance of recently freed students, therefore can result in a lot more drivers both experienced and inexperienced, which is worth being aware of when driving in the summer.
I hope these tips give you a bit of enlightenment when driving this summer. I know I didn’t know about a lot of these and even though they don’t happen very often, it’s good to know about them and what to do to prevent them!
I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and have the best time on any of your trips!
Leave any other tips down in the comments if you have them, or if not let me know where you’re headed this summer?
*This post is in collaboration with Point S, but all research and opinions are my own. Drive safe kids!