Here’s a useful checklist for drivers setting out on sunny days
Summer is here in the UK and with our schools all out for the holidays, many of us are taking to the roads 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. Here are some useful points to consider before setting out:
Check your fluid levels
In cold weather, motorists are used to checking 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 gage and top up your coolant and oil levels as and when required. Don’t forget to top up the fluid level of your driver and passengers too! Keep plenty of water handy and drink frequently to avoid dehydration during traffic delays.
Plan your route
Whether you favour a good old-fashioned map book and 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 too. If your navigation system gives you an instruction that is likely to endanger other road users, ignore it.
If you’re heading to the beach it is a good idea to think about how you will keep your possessions safe while you’re enjoying some leisurely walks and swims. Lost car keys on a busy, sandy beach are no fun to find. If you do 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.
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 its 22 degrees outside it can reach 47 degrees in the car. When you stop for your refreshment break, make sure you not only exercise your dog but have lots of water for them too.
You’re going to have a car laden with luggage and with your family on board too, remember to check those tyre pressures. Follow the manufacturer’s guide and have the correct pressure in each tyre and look carefully at the tyre tread. Is it legal? Are there any cuts or bubbles? With a long journey ahead, you need to be sure 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 higher at sunrise or sunset, but the sun can be strong 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 to the surface. Replace the screen if you need to.
Service your vehicle
With many miles to travel, your car needs to be in the best possible condition. Don’t forget to have the vehicle serviced regularly by a specialist garage to ensure safe and happy driving. A1 Clutches are always delighted to assist our customers. Do give us a call on 0121 522 2094 to chat to our staff 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!