As a nation, we have gotten quite good at preparing ourselves and our cars for what are often long, wet and snowy winters, but how many of us know how to prepare ourselves for summer driving? We don’t often get the chance to enjoy driving in the sunny weather, but with forecasts suggesting this summer will be another hot one, these are the facts you need to know!
- Top up your windscreen wash – During the summer we often forget to top up, thinking that we’ll only need our windscreen wash for the gritty winter weather. However, there is still cause in the summer as bugs and smearing is lethal when the sun is shining down on the wheels and obscuring your vision.
- Check your tyres – The hot weather plays havoc with tyres that are already a little bit damaged, especially if you are overloading the car. Be sure to check around your car and note any damage, is it worth getting a new tyre? Ensure all of the tyres are inflated to the pressure advised by your car handbook as this will help avoid blow-outs and punctures.
- Do you suffer from hayfever? – It’s a common condition and is pretty miserable for those that suffer from it. It’s important to get your medication right however, as the wrong medication could leave you drowsy or sneezing whilst doing fast speeds – always check if your hayfever remedy can be taken if driving. Try and keep windows shut, air-con on recycle and tissues handy and, if you feel like you’re going to sneeze, slow down a little and try to keep your eyes on the road as much as possible.
- Always keep a good pair of sunglasses in the car – Whether they’re prescription or non-prescription, sunglasses are one of the most important things you need in your car over the summer. Obviously they’re great for blocking out the blazing sun, but they’re also useful for blocking out the glare from a sun-kissed wet road too.
- Watch out for cyclists – There are more on the road during the summer months, and they’re often families at the weekend. Recreational cyclists don’t have as much experience on the road, are more likely to be a little wobbly and can make last minute changes in direction. Give them a wide berth where you can and reduce your speed a little.
Driving in the summer with the windows down and your favourite tunes blasting from the stereo is one of the best times to drive, so make sure you enjoy it and make the most of the sun. For our favourite road trip songs, take a look at our top summer playlist!
As well as ensuring you’re personally ready to drive in the summer, make sure your car is in good condition too. If you have any imperfections on your cars bodywork, just give ChipsAway a call on 0800 145 5118 and we’ll make your summer driving experience even more enjoyable!