Safer driving in the summer

In the summer, even with our ‘temperate’ climate, we can still experience high temperatures when driving. And we're not talking about road rage either. When you're out on the road, with your air-conditioning on trying to beat the heat, there are also some other considerations you need to take into account to ensure that you get the best out of your summer driving, as well as have a safer time.

One of your main concerns when you're driving in the summer is high temperatures. Having a low coolant level in your engine can mean overheating. This can be dangerous, but most likely it will just be expensive. You’ll notice when things are going wrong when the engine temperature soars up, and you can hear funny noises coming from the engine. To check your fan in the car run the car to normal temperature and then allows the engine to idle for up to 10 minutes. The cooling fan should cut in immediately. Also, to protect yourself during the summer heat, check the coolant reservoir level as regularly as you can. Your car needs to stay cool in all of that heat.

The keys, where are they?

If you're out and enjoying time in the summer on the beach, then you are prone to experiencing one of the biggest problems in the UK during the summer months. People lose their keys on the beach. It's as simple as that. And if they are lucky enough to not lose them on the beach, they lose them on the way to the beach as they are walking to the area. It's probably all about the fact that you're out of your routine, but a large number of people every year do lose their keys on the beach and then suffer the consequences.

It's likely that your car will have an alternative method of entry, other than your keys, but if it hasn't you're in trouble. The best advice in this regard is just to keep your keys safe and dry somewhere sensible. If you're able to lock your keys away on the way to the beach with a locker, for example, then take up that opportunity. Otherwise, make sure they are at the bottom of a very dry bag that you keep well away from the water.

Tiredness can really be dangerous

Our final piece of advice concerns one of the most common problems in summer driving. And that problem is the problem of tiredness. If you're driving in the summer, no matter how strong and effective your air-conditioning is, you are going to feel tired. It's a different atmosphere, literally.

There is some simple advice in this regard. If you have a journey ahead of you that lasts for longer than 3 hours, ensure you have at least one 20-minute break at some point. This will allow you to regain your energy, and even to have a short snooze if necessary. If you're driving for longer than 3 hours and you don't have a break, the chances of you having a crash are increased.

Try and maintain a routine of frequent short stops, of around 20 minutes, and this will help you much more than one long stop. Avoid heavy meals and alcohol before driving, and if you are feeling incredibly sleepy, then simply find a motorway service station and take a long break.

So there are some tips for your summer driving. Take them all into account, and you should have a safer and more pleasant driving experience in the hot months ahead. Whack the air conditioning on, and look forward to some great driving experiences and times, but be safe.