Get ready for driving in warm weather

Driving Tips


With the snow (hopefully) finally gone, fingers crossed the hot weather will soon be on its way. Sunny days are perfect for getting out and about in the car, whether it’s a romantic trip out or a family adventure. Winter weather is obviously perilous for driving with ice, snow and driving rain, but hot weather can also cause problems, so it’s good to be prepared in advance.

Hot weather can cause cars to overheat, so check your coolant levels before you set off on a long journey. The interior of the car can get very hot too so be very careful about leaving pets or kids alone in the car, even for a short time. If it can’t be avoided then make sure you leave a window open for them. Each year many pets die in hot cars as people don’t realise just how dangerously hot they can get. When you’re travelling, make sure you’ve got plenty of water with you for all your family and your pets.

Driving in hot weather can also be extra tiring, so make sure you take regular breaks and try not drive when you’re very tired. If you start to feel weary, stop as soon as you can and take a short nap or drink a cup of coffee to give you an energy boost.

The sun can also be dazzling, especially when it’s low in the sky. Keep a pair of sunglasses in your glove compartment and you won’t have squint into the sun and you’ll avoid getting a headache.

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