Whether it’s the daily commute, the school run or a long journey to a holiday retreat, driving in the summer has its challenges... and is very different to driving in the depths of winter. As well as glare, which can also be treacherous in winter, you’ve got high temperatures to contend with, which can make your car behave differently. Roads are also often busier, especially during school holidays, on airport and port approaches, and in and around popular tourist destinations. So before you head off again, take a look at these summer driving tips to keep you safe and moving.
Modern cars largely cope fine with summer weather and driving conditions. However, a few things can crop up – some are nothing to worry about, while others you should be mindful of.
Don’t worry about:
On the flipside, you should be aware of the following:
The onset of hay fever can prove dangerous for drivers – if you sneeze at 70mph you lose your vision for as much as 100 metres! Research from Halfords suggests 27% of UK drivers suffer from symptoms, and one in three admit to being distracted by hay fever.
There are numerous remedies available to help (always choose a non-drowsy form when driving), and wearing sunglasses, keeping a tissue to hand and closing air vents and windows can make your journey more comfortable. But if you’re severely affected by hay fever, it might be best to delay your journey – you don’t want to be one of the 2 million drivers thought to have had an accident, near miss or lost control of their vehicle as a direct result of hay fever.