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Don't Let Driving Cause The Summertime Blues

Hot weather driving
26 July 2019 | Updated 29 July 2019

The RAC is urging drivers to check their vehicles before setting out in the heat - and to be aware that heat can cause tiredness and tiredness can increase the likelihood of mistakes.

Spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “We see a variety of breakdowns occurring with the hot weather, perhaps as a result of drivers getting hot under the collar. We’ve seen increases in the number of drivers misfuelling – putting petrol in a diesel engine or vice-versa – as well as those running out of fuel in recent days. Perhaps less surprisingly,  we have seen a big jump in the number of problems drivers are having with convertible roofs.

“We really cannot stress enough the importance of drivers checking their car is ready for the hot weather before setting out, especially if they are travelling a long distance – perhaps as part of a summer getaway. Checking things like fuel and oil levels, and ensuring tyres are pumped up properly and have plenty of tread, can go a long way towards preventing getting stuck at the side of the road in the heat.”



Dennis also points to some unusual sights drivers might encounter: “The sweltering heat is going to inevitably lead to some softer road surfaces – if you see some blacker patches of road (or pavement), that’s how you can tell it’s starting to melt.

“It also means that drivers might start to see something that they’d normally only associate with the depths of winter – gritting trucks, as salt can help improve the grip on roads that are starting melt."

For tips on checking a car for ready for hot weather travel - Click Here

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Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 26 July 2019


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