Stay cool in the car during this week of hot weather

Posted on August 15th, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist

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  • Reduce stress by planning journeys
  • Staying alert and hydrated helps you cope with the temperatures

 AS FORECASTERS PREDICT a week of sweltering weather, breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist is advising drivers to ensure they are able to keep their cool.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth comments: “Driving in hot weather can be challenging, but we can reduce stress and discomfort by following some simple tips to ensure that we, our passengers and our vehicles are ready for the heat.”

Temperatures across southern England and Wales are predicted to approach 30 degrees by the middle of the week, so GEM road safety officer Neil Worth has assembled a selection of practical and sensible information that will help keep drivers and their passengers safe on journeys.

Top tips for trouble-free journeys:

  • Plan your journey. Check the route in advance and don’t forget to build in breaks if you’re making a long journey. If you’re heading to the coast, expect many other motorists to have the same idea, so be prepared for queues. Plan where you will park at the end of the journey.
  • Think about setting off earlier or later, so that you avoid travelling during the hottest and most uncomfortable times of day.
  • Wear clothes that will keep you as cool as possible, but don’t drive in bare feet, flip-flops or loose sandals.
  • Keep a large bottle of water in the car. Drink plenty during rest stops, to help you keep hydrated.
  • Never leave a child or dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a child or dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.
  • Carry out some basic maintenance checks on your car before setting out. Check engine coolant and oil levels, tyre pressure and tread depth and windscreen washer fluid levels.
  • Practise kindness and etiquette to other drivers whose manners may be not be as good as yours. Don’t get involved in altercations, as this will go a long way toward keeping you – and others – safer in hot weather.

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