Best Practices for Summer Driving

Driving during the summer can be challenging. Glare from the sun can make visibility difficult, and traffic is often heavier due to holidaymakers. Additionally, road rage can make driving more dangerous. According to a study of 2,000 UK motorists by Forbes Advisor, 53% of drivers admit to experiencing feelings of road rage. Although not exclusive to the summer months, the warmer weather and extra traffic can make road rage more likely.

Stay safe while driving by considering these tips:

  • Be patient. With more holidaymakers than usual in the summer months, many drivers may be unfamiliar with local roads. As such, they could make late turns or brake suddenly. Try your best to remain patient and avoid unsafe actions that could annoy other drivers.
  • Plan ahead. When traffic is heavy, it pays to plan ahead. Check for advertised roadworks and traffic delays before setting off, and organise a route to avoid these. Additionally, allow plenty of time for your journey.
  • Keep a clear view. Glare from the sun will reduce visibility further if vehicle windows are dirty. Replace worn or damaged wipers and keep your windscreen fluid levels topped up. If possible, keep a pair of glare-resistant sunglasses in your car.
  • Don’t get distracted. To avoid distractions, stow your phone away and keep pets and children in the backseat. Don’t forget that other road users may be distracted, too, so be on the lookout for danger.
  • Keep your car’s fluids topped up. Hot weather can cause vehicles to overheat and break down. As such, it’s important to check that engine coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, oil and windscreen wash levels are optimal.
  • Check your tyres. Tyre faults are the second most common cause for breakdowns, according to insurance company AXA. Make sure your tyre pressures and tread depth are at the correct levels, as high temperatures can exacerbate existing damage.

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