8 Top Tips for Summer Driving

With this recent burst of glorious weather reminding us that Summer is almost here, all over the UK people are jumping in their cars to make the most of the glorious sunshine.

It might just be a day trip to Southend seaside, or it could be a family holiday to the continent. But when you jump in your car this summer, it’s a good idea to follow these top summer driving tips. Not only will they help to prevent accidents, they’ll also save you money too.

#1 Plan, plan, and plan again

If you’re driving a long distance, make sure you know exactly where you’re going. It’s a good idea to study the route, which towns and cities you’ll pass and which roads you’re going to be using. If your phone has 3G, load up Google Maps. Keep paper maps nearby, too. It might sound excessive, but when you’re in the middle of France trying to remember which turn-off you should take, you’ll be glad of the extra precaution.

#2 Check your tyre pressure

You should be doing this on a regular basis anyway, but during the summer it’s more important than ever to make sure your tires are inflated properly. Heat and rubber are notorious enemies, and in summer there are more chances of a blowout. The best thing to do is check your pressure before you hit the road to get an accurate reading.

#3 Check under the bonnet

Make sure your radiator, fan belts and engine are all in tip top condition before embarking on a long drive. You can check yourself, but if you’re not a gear head then it’s a good idea to ask your friendly local mechanic to have a look too. Top up any fluids; your car gets thirsty too.

#4 Choose a designated driver

Heading off into the wild blue yonder in search of fun with your closest friends is one of the best parts of summer road trips. But when you’re sitting in that beach café sipping beers, make sure that one member of your group sticks to the soft drinks. Drunk drivers are responsible for thousands of road accidents each year, and you don’t want to end your day of fun in a hospital bed.

#5 Take care of your windscreen

Hot weather can mean bad news for car windscreens, as the changes in temperature and air pressure cause chips in the glass to crack. In the summer it’s a good idea to always park in the shade, especially if you have small chips in your windscreen that haven’t been fixed. Don’t blast the air conditioning at the hot glass either: this can cause flaws in the windscreen to suddenly crack.

#6 Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car at all times

Not only will you damage your eyes if you drive around squinting into the sun, you could also end up in an accident if you can’t see properly because of a glare. You don’t have to worry about remembering your shades if you keep a pair in the dashboard.

#7 Prepare for bad weather

We Brits like to complain about our terrible weather, but the truth is that other countries also suffer sudden summer storms. Whether you’re driving in the UK or Europe, it pays to keep an eye on the weather forecast. If it starts raining and it’s too heavy to see what’s happening, pull in safely on the hard shoulder and put your hazard lights on to warn other vehicles.

#8 Stock the car with drinks

The first symptom of dehydration is mental: it affects judgement, memory, and the ability to make quick decisions. All of these functions are important when you’re driving. Cars can get ridiculously hot during the summer, so it’s always a good idea to bring along some bottles of water.

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