Summer driving brings unique driving challenges:
Journey times are longer and traffic jams more likely as more vehicles take to the road, more children playing outside, more tractors, cyclists and motorbikes.
As well as planning journeys for the eventuality of holiday traffic jams, there needs to be a focus on vehicle condition whilst paying attention to allergies, preventing fatigue and minimising glare from the sun.
Following this guidance note can help you prevent accidents by keeping your focused on the road through managing your vehicle, fatigue and allergy reactions effectively. Driving in the summer introduces hazards in the same way as winter driving.
• Check vehicle coolant levels
• Keep washer bottles full and keep an additional bottle of screen wash in the vehicle
• Check tyres for damage and tread depth as hot weather increases the risk of puncture and sudden summer showers can leave road surfaces flooded or slippery.
Hay fever can cause a real distraction to drivers.
• Use non-drowsy antihistamines such as Loratadine and Cetirizine
• Keep a bottle of water in the vehicle to avoid dehydration
• Wear sun glasses to keep pollen away from your eyes
• Use the air conditioning system (where possible) to keep the vehicle cab cool
• Regularly vacuum the vehicle cab
Warm weather fatigue
• Take a break of 20 minutes at least every two hours and have some fresh air
• Avoid eating a heavy meal before driving.
Avoid the glare
• Sunglasses with deep arms obstruct your periphery vision
• Class 4 sunglass lenses are not suitable for driving
• If your vision needs to be corrected ensure that your sunglasses have prescription lenses.