The weather is slowly heating up and as more and more people venture out onto the road in search of a perfect holiday destination, the risk of accidents and vehicle wear and tear starts to soar. As the hot weather can cause a variety of issues, it’s important to be prepared for the worst and make sure that you do everything you can to make your journey as stress and hassle-free as possible. In this post, we will be taking a look at a few summer driving safety tips.
Taking Care of your Tyres
Hot weather can often exacerbate existing damage to the rubber on the tyres, making it dangerous to drive. Also, if your tyres are under-inflated, they can be at risk of blow-outs and punctures due to friction on the road. Again, it is advised to have regular inspections on your car in terms of condition and current pressure levels. It is also recommended that if you’re carrying extra weight, to adjust the pressure of the tyres accordingly. If you’re thinking of staying in a caravan, it’s just as important to check caravan tyres before heading to your destination.
Driving with Fatigue
Some drivers make the mistake of setting off on a long distance journey with little to no sleep. Not only can this be the cause of a serious accident, it can also affect your ability to drive therefore putting both you and your family at risk on the road. If you can, try to avoid getting behind the wheel if you know you’re too tired to drive and if you need to travel long distances, make sure you incorporate at least three 20 minute breaks every so often so that you get a rest from driving.
In addition, it is strongly recommended to avoid consuming alcohol and heavy meals before driving. You can also counter tiredness by stopping and taking a short nap for up to 15 minutes.
Driving with Allergies and Hayfever
According to saga, “if you sneeze at 70mph you lose your vision for as much as 100 metres”. If you feel that you need to sneeze due to allergies or Hayfever it is recommended to slow down and drop back to avoid causing an accident. If you have medication that makes you feel drowsy, you should avoid taking it before setting off on a journey, even if you’re planning to stop within the next hour. Below we have compiled a few tips to help diminish Hayfever symptoms:
- Try and keep all windows and air vents closed to help stop pollen grains entering the vehicle however, if the heat becomes unbearable get someone else to drive
- Regularly clean the carpet and car mats to reduce the amount of dust floating around in the car
- If you’re suffering greatly as a result of Hayfever or allergies, it is recommended to get someone else to drive
Sun glare can cause serious accidents, especially on days with clear skies at both dusk and dawn. To help avoid this problem, you should invest in a pair of sunglasses that allow you to see without weakening your driving abilities; if your current sunglasses are damaged, it is advised to buy a new pair to diminish the risk of vision impairment.
In addition, always make sure that your front and back windows are clean and free of debris such as bugs, pollen and salt. Try and clean all smears as these in particular can catch the sunlight and ultimately impair vision.
If you own a fleet of Lorries or trucks and you’re concerned about their driving abilities, it may be worth investing in truck tracking to put your mind at ease. Not only can these systems monitor abnormalities in the way that they drive, they can also guide the vehicles down safer roads with less traffic to avoid the issue of getting caught down a narrow country lane. In addition, these systems are great for monitoring general statistics such as the average speed of the driver and the number of stops they take so you can make sure they’re taking regular rest stops and ultimately, driving safely on the road.
There are a number of companies that offer these systems at an affordable price such as Phantom and they can help you to not only manage your fleet and drivers but also put your mind at rest that your employees are safe on the road.
These are just a few summer driving tips that you can follow to make sure that you reach your destination safely.