At the time of writing this we are experiencing a lovely week of hot weather. This being the United Kingdom ( a term we now use very loosely it seems) by the time you read this the forecast will be cool and wet. And windy. Gale-force windy.
Yet we live in hope – if not in expectation – for a long hot summer. There’s still time. The trouble is, here in Great Britain (a term we use loosely etc) hot weather and motoring go together like chalk and cheese. We’re not used to it you see. We get fractious at the wheel. Tempers become frayed. Rags are lost. It can be a difficult time; just ask drivers on the M25.
Fortunately advice is at hand thanks to GEM Motoring Assist who have stepped up to offer some sage words to mitigate the mayhem:
“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”. 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 driving altercations, as this will go a long way toward keeping you – and others – safer in hot weather.
Try To Stay Calm
Thanks to GEM Motoring Assist for those wise words to take on board folks. ‘Kindness and etiquette’, you’ll notice. Something we don’t see a lot of these days. I’ll also add my own pet subject, driving standards. Truly I am seeing some sloppy driving these days. Care and courtesy. How hard can it be? Geoff Maxted