When thinking of dangers on the road it is easy to assume that winter is the most difficult time to keep safe while driving, but summer is equally risky. Luckily there are simple measures you can take to stay safe through the summer holidays.
Hot tarmac can affect how your tyres perform, including leading to lower pressures. Under inflation can increase the chance of tyre damage and lead to punctures, and wheels out of alignment can adversely affect the handling of your vehicle.
If you clip a kerb or drive through a large pothole it is worth having your wheel alignment checked to maximise tyre life and increase safety. Warm weather can also damage road surfaces and increase the risk of a cut tyre, so keep your eyes on the road ahead of you.
If you are carrying heavy loads, such as luggage or lots of passengers, consult your car manual and ensure your tyres are properly inflated, otherwise you risk unresponsive handling. Adding nitrogen, instead of air, could slow pressure loss as well as reduce corrosion.
Rain is a significant risk, especially after warm, dry spells. Hot weather makes leaks and spillages, like oil, slick onto the road, which becomes dangerous when wet. Adjust your speed accordingly when driving into sudden downpours and remember to increase braking distances, especially if you are carrying heavier loads.
Be aware of increased traffic on the road during popular times like weekends and bank holidays, and plan accordingly. This means considering the route you take, making sure you have plenty of water in hot conditions, and taking regular breaks to avoid tiredness.
Similarly consider those around you, who may be hot and irritable, and give space to other road users. If you don’t drive your vehicle regularly but plan to take the family out for a trip, it can be useful to have your tyres checked to ensure everything is working correctly before setting off.
Keep an eye on your engine, which can overheat in warm conditions or when in traffic. Summer heat means increased use of air conditioning to keep cool inside your vehicle, which adds additional strain on the engine, and means you should regularly check coolant levels and top up when necessary.
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