Driving tips: what to do in a heatwave

By 11 June, 2018 Summer Driving
Summer Driving Tips

The term ‘heatwave’ may sound a little extreme for the UK, but when one occasionally strikes it usually catches us off guard, so it’s best to be prepared! If you’re planning on doing a spot of summer driving, it’s worth thinking about the best ways to keep yourself, your passengers and your car as cool as possible. The following driving tips will help stop you and your car overheating.

Protecting yourself and your passengers

1. Park in the shade
If it’s hot inside, it’ll be like an oven in your car, so park in the shade where possible. It may be worth investing in windscreen and rear window shields if you’re parking at the beach all day. Remember that metal items such as seatbelt clasps and gear sticks can get very hot in direct sunlight, so be careful if you have little ones in tow. When you get in, open all the windows and run the air con for a while. Spread towels over the seats if you have any skin on show!

2. Stay hydrated
Keep plenty of water in the car, preferably in cool bags in the boot to prevent that warm water taste. Children and pets can become dehydrated very quickly, so make sure everyone drinks lots of cold fluids. Make regular stops and throw in an ice lolly or two for added hydration and deliciousness!

3. Take the usual sun-related precautions
We all know about wearing sunglasses, sun cream and hats when we’re sitting out in the sun, but it’s also important to protect yourself while in your car. You may be stuck in traffic with blazing sunshine beating down on you, so take the same precautions you would if you were picnicking in the park on a hot summer’s day.

Protecting your vehicle

1. Check your tyre pressures
Did you know that 50% of the cars on the road this summer will have at least one under inflated tyre? Make a dent in this statistic with IN’n’OUT checking your tyre pressures before you head off on your holidays with our Top-Up pit stop service, ideal before long journeys. Driving with deflated tyres makes you more vulnerable to a blowout, so if you and your family don’t fancy sitting on the hard shoulder in a heatwave waiting for help to arrive, get ahead of the game.

2. Boost your battery life
Heatwaves can have a more serious impact on your car battery than cold snaps, shortening its life and potentially leading to breakdowns. Hot temperatures can cause the battery fluid to evaporate, which may lead to corroded connections and a weaker battery. Electric car batteries are particularly at risk in hot weather, so it’s important that you gauge travel distances carefully and recharge more frequently. If your car battery is more than three years old, it’s worth getting it checked by your local IN’n’OUT before travelling in a heatwave.

3. Keep your engine cool
It’s vital that you check your cooling system before you do any summer driving, ensuring that you have plenty of coolant to prevent your engine overheating. If your coolant is running low, your engine may reach critical temperatures, potentially leading to breakdowns and even lasting damage to your motor. It’s worth stopping by your local IN’n’OUT for an Top-up where we top up your coolant, brake fluid and engine oil before any long journeys.

4. Check your Air Con
You’ll almost certainly want to use your car’s air conditioning in a heatwave, so get it checked out before you travel, particularly if you haven’t used it for a while. It may be that your air con system has lost refrigerant gas since you last used it, IN’n’OUT recommend an Air Con Re-Gas every two years.

IN’n’OUT’s qualified technicians are experts at getting your car heatwave ready! We can make sure your tyre pressures are correct, top up all your fluids and check your coolant and oil levels. Taking only 15 minutes out of your busy schedule and costing just £10 our Top-Up service will give you real peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy the summer driving almost as much as your actual holiday!