With many of us choosing to stay and holiday within the UK this summer, we are set to see a record-breaking number of UK-based road trips. However, many drivers don’t realise that the warmer weather can have just as much of an impact on our vehicles as the harsh winter weather. So, what can we do to ensure we avoid a breakdown and enjoy our summer trips to the fullest?
Check fluid levels
Before embarking on any journey, it’s important to check the levels of fuel, oil, coolant, and screen wash. We tend to experience more traffic jams and busier roads during nice weather which can involve more start/stop driving and lead to a car using more fuel than normal. Cars are also more prone to overheating in traffic, so it is vital to check the oil to avoid engine damage and a potential breakdown.
Drivers tend to associate a dirty windscreen with winter driving conditions as it involves driving in lots of rain and snow. However, warm, dry weather can bring with it lots of dust, dirt, and plenty more bugs, so keeping washer fluid levels topped up is crucial all year round.
Plan your route carefully
We can get stressed more easily when driving in warm conditions, particularly when travelling with children who are eager to get to an exciting destination. Busy roads, traffic jams, and rising temperatures make for a potentially dangerous mix.
Try to plan your route in advance, avoiding peak travel times if possible, and leave yourself plenty of time to reach your end destination. Factor in plenty of breaks along the way to ensure you and your passengers stay well-rested, hydrated, and stress-free.
Be prepared for rain
Even if you’ve only lived in the UK for one summer, you’ll know how unpredictable British weather can be. With the beautiful sunny weather often comes quick, but heavy downpours, so it’s important to check that your windscreen wipers are in good working order. You’ll also need to quickly adapt your driving style to ensure you avoid an accident.
Always carry sunglasses in the car
Whether it’s first or last thing when the sun is at its lowest, or midday when the sun is glaring off the road, sometimes a sun visor just doesn’t cut it. It is recommended that all motorists carry a suitable pair of sunglasses in their car to avoid any major issues caused by bright sunshine.
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