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Summer driving with A1 Clutches

As we head into July, the temperatures rise, and summer has arrived.  Schools will break up for the holidays this month, and many of us are considering a much-deserved holiday. But airlines are cancelling flights, and many tour operators struggle to fulfil their bookings. With this in mind, the staycation is widespread, and many of us will take to the roads at home to enjoy some sunny leisure time. If you’re driving in the hot weather, make sure that you are prepared for your road trip to ensure safe and happy travelling.

family in car

Here are some valuable points to consider before setting out:

Check your fluid levels

In cold weather, motorists check the fluid level on their vehicle but don’t forget that in summer, when temperatures soar, overheating can be a problem. Especially when stuck in lengthy traffic jams. Monitor your temperature gauge and top up your coolant and oil levels when required. Don’t forget to top up the fluid level of your driver and passengers too! Keep plenty of water handy and frequently drink to avoid dehydration during traffic delays.

Plan your route

Whether you favour a good old-fashioned map book, a passenger giving directions, or a state-of-the-art satellite navigation system, plan ahead. Don’t be distracted and make changes to your sat nav whilst driving. Keep your eyes on the road. Mobile apps can be downloaded to your phone or tablet and make great route planners. If your navigation system gives you instructions that are likely to endanger other road users, ignore it.

Beach safety

keys on beach

If you’re heading to the beach, it is a good idea to consider how you will keep your possessions safe while enjoying some leisurely walks and swimming. Lost car keys on a busy, sandy beach are no fun to find. If you go for a swim, don’t put your car key fob in your pocket, a wet key fob will not operate, and it could be a long walk home.


sign heat kills pets

Our pets are part of our family, and we want them to enjoy the summer days in comfort. If you take your dog on a journey with you, remember that you must never leave them alone in the car on a warm day. Even with the windows open, it is a dangerous place for a dog to be. Your car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, and when it’s 22 degrees outside, it can reach 47 degrees in the car. When you stop for your refreshment break, ensure you exercise your dog and have lots of water for them too.


You’ll have a car laden with luggage, with your family on board too. Remember to check those tyre pressures. Follow the manufacturer’s guide, have the correct pressure in each tyre, and look carefully at the tread. Is it legal? Are there any cuts or bubbles? With a long journey ahead, you must ensure that your tyres are safe and road-worthy.


The glare from the sun can cause problems when driving. Statistically, accidents that are sun-glare related are more severe at sunrise or sunset. Still, the sun can be intense at any time of day. Always have a pair of good-quality sunglasses in your car. Can you see clearly through the windscreen? Clean the exterior and interior screen before you set off and check for cracks or chips on the surface. Replace the screen if you need to.

With many miles to travel, your car needs to be in the best possible condition. Don’t forget to have the vehicle regularly serviced by a specialist garage to ensure safe and happy driving. A1 Clutches are always delighted to assist our customers.

Give our friendly team a call on 0121 522 2094 to chat about your vehicle and get a quote. We operate from multiple sites and specialise in all makes and models of cars.

From everyone at A1 Clutches, we wish you safe and happy holidays!

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