The summer holidays have started and we are all looking forward to some lovely sunny weather, driving in hot sunny conditions has it’s problems please see below 6 points to look out for this summer.
Plan you route
Planning your route for your journey has never been easier, most vehicle are now fitted with satellite navigation, if you do not have this fitted to your vehicle there are lots of apps available for your mobile phone or tablet alternatively you can use a good old fashioned map.
Which ever method you choose to use do so safely do not make changes to your navigation system whilst driving and remember if your navigation system gives you an instruction that is likely to endanger other road users, ignore it.
Check your fluids
Motorist tend to check their fluid levels regularly during the cold winter months but it is important to check your fluid levels regularly. Overheating can be a problem in the summer especially when stuck in long traffic jams, top up your coolant as and when required and keep a close. eye on your temperature gauge and make regular checks on your oil level.
Also it is just as important that you have your vehicle serviced in the summer with a specialist garage such as A1 Clutches as it is in other times of the year.
Make sure you clean the exterior and interior of your windscreen before setting off on your journey and that you have no chips or cracks in your windscreen keep a good quality pair of sunglasses in your vehicle as the sun is very bright and glare from the sun can cause accidents the sun’s glare is worse at sunrise or sunset.
Make sure your tyre pressure is correct and remember to follow the manufacturers guide for tyre pressure when you have a full load of luggage and your family on board. Check your tyre tread to make sure your tyres are up to the long journeys ahead also make sure there are no bubbles or cuts in your tyres.
On a hot summers day when the temperatures are rising it is not only your family members who suffer your dogs also suffer from the heat. Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
On a warm day your vehicle can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even though it may not feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within an hour. Always ensure you have plenty of water on board for your dog to drink when you stop for a refreshment break yourself.
On the beach
The roads to the coast will be packed with families heading for the beach this summer, make sure you keep your all possessions safe and secure, there is nothing worse than having to search for your car keys on a busy beach also remember not to take your key fob into the water as if you fob gets wet the remote control facility will not work.