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Higher temperatures can not only put extra demands on your car, it can also test your patience and stress levels. Take a look below at some of Trusted Dealers’ top tips on how to stay safe on the roads this Summer.
Keep keys safe
Summer is a common time to misplace your car keys, particularly if you’re on the beach or swimming in the sea. If your key fob is remotely controlled it can also be very damaging if your happen to enter the water by accident. Always keep your keys safe from the outside elements where possible, and if you do find yourself without a usable key, check your car’s handbook. There’s usually an alternative way to open your car if the remote stops working.
It’s important to regularly check your car’s tyres whatever season it is. A simple check of the tyre’s surface, tread and pressure once a fortnight should help to keep you safe on the roads. Failure to regularly check your tyres in the summer months could cause an accident. Tyres that are already damaged or at the wrong pressure could cause a blowout during the higher temperatures of summer. If you have a caravan, always check the tyres before embarking on a journey and replace any that show signs of cracking in the sidewall or tread grooves.
Avoid the glare
Dazzle from the sun can cause accidents, but you can reduce the effect of the sunlight on your windscreen by keeping it as clean as possible. In addition, keep a pair of sunglasses in your car all year round, although its best to avoid lenses that darken in strong sunlight. Make sure that any worn or damaged windscreen wipers are also replaced.
Driving in the summer months can cause fatigue, particularly on a hot day when the heat can cause drowsiness, or dehydration. If you start to feel tired, pull over and take a short 15 minute break, or go and grab yourself a cup of strong coffee. Tiredness can usually be prevented if you take a 20 minute break in journeys of more than 3 hours, or a break every two hours on longer trips, plus avoid eating a heavy meal before driving.
Hayfever is prevalent among some motorists during the summer months and it can have a direct effect on your driving capabilities and concentration levels. If you suffer badly from hayfever, its best to get someone else to drive if you are considering a longer journey. If you are taking medication for hayfever, make sure it doesn’t cause drowsiness. Close windows and air vents in your car to reduce pollen grains from entering your car and keep tissues close to hand.
Tractors are out in force in the summer months, particularly in rural areas, so you’re often find yourself stuck behind one, sometimes at the most inconvenient moment. Remember that if you’re considering over-taking a tractor, proceed with caution. The driver of the tractor might have a sound-proofed cab, or could be wearing ear protectors, so they may not be aware of approaching cars. Be aware that tractors only have to brake or indicate if driving at night, so be prepared for a tractor to suddenly, without warning make a manoeuvre. If you’re driving behind a tractor, make sure you leave plenty of distance, and before overtaking, make sure you have plenty of room to get past.