This week is set to see temperatures soar, and for the lucky few who get to spend this week basking in the sunshine and drinking their body weight in ice tea – the majority of us still have some form of 9-5 to crack on with. We’re here giving you some top tips on driving in this crazy heat. Oh mother nature, how we adore you!
1. Keepin’ it cool
Probably the most obvious of tips? You hop in your car in the roasting heat, set off and realise a mile into your journey that your air con isn’t working. This could be what nightmares are made of! Don’t get caught short on the road and make sure you check your air con is running properly before you set off.
2. More than a fashion statement
If it’s sunny, of course, you want to throw your sunglasses on – however, there are some guidelines on what ones you should be wearing when driving, so here are a few things to remember:
- Two requirements for sunglasses when driving are that they should keep your vision clear, and let in sufficient light so you can still see.
- Sunglasses from the high-street generally are too dark so aren’t suitable to wear when driving
- Fixed tint lenses are best used in low sun, or when glare bounces off a wet road for example
- Variable tint will change when exposed to different kinds of light. For driving, have a look for lenses that will react to light change and UV.
3. Get under the hood
You’ve guessed it – hot weather can affect your car as well as your motivation to get any work done. It’s best to do all the necessary checks you need to before setting off, preferably before it gets too hot to handle. Make sure you’re checking the following:
- Keep the engine cool by ensuring you’re topped up with engine coolant
- Underinflated tyres are sensitive to heat, so make sure yours are pumped up to the recommended tyre pressure
- Check your battery – hot temperatures can shorten its life and cause the battery fluid to evaporate.
4. Keep it covered
There are ways to prevent the scorching heat hitting you in the face when you hop into your car. Pick up some sun shades for your windows. This will keep the heat out so when you do get in, it should be cooler than usual! You can even get a cover for your steering wheel, so you don’t feel like you’ve touched a hot counter in a supermarket when you get in your car (all the warning signs of ‘don’t touch’ and we’re still curious to see how hot it really is). Neither of these will set you back much either, and you’ll be able to pick them up for less than a tenner!
Photo credit: Aluminium steering wheel cover
5. Park it
Another way to keep the sun out of your car is to try and park it in a shaded area. It may seem obvious, but if the sun isn’t spending all day shining in your car, it will be a lot cooler when you hop into it! Whilst it may be tempting, avoid leaving your windows open to keep your car cool. Even leaving them open slightly when parked can make your car vulnerable to thieves.
6. Take care of yourself, buddy
If you’re heading out on a long road trip, you need to remember to pack what you’ll need whilst you’re actually in the car.
- If you have allergies, don’t forget to ensure you’ve taken your medication (if you’re driving, be sure to read the label to make sure you’re still ok to drive)
- Make sure you take plenty of water, enough for all passengers and pets!
- Take food with you (no one likes a hungry, grumpy passenger on a car journey)
- Don’t forget your hat and sun cream in case you need to spend time outside of the car.
7. Where’re my keys?
If you forget to do any of these tips and want to avoid the excruciating pain of your bare legs on your hot leather car seats (we’ve all been there), ditch the car and get walking! The sun is shining so soak up as much vitamin D as you can, leave the car at home and walk to where you need to go. That being, if it is a walkable distance – we’re not suggesting you take a 10-mile hike to work tomorrow morning! Either way, don’t forget your sun cream!
So whether you’re spending this summer taking the road trip of a lifetime, or stuck in the same old routine – the heat is here and we’ve got to deal with it! Stick with these tips and you’ll be good to go.