With the UK facing heatwaves this summer, driving can become a torturous affair. Fortunately, there are simple ways to keep things cool whilst behind the wheel…
A Heatwave? Here?
The UK is hardly known for ‘good’ weather, but even we’re lucky enough to experience summer conditions from time to time. As we face an ongoing heatwave, and higher temperatures, driving can become a real slog; exposing drivers to uncomfortable temperatures. Fortunately, there are a few simple things motorists can do to keep things cool…
Park in the Shade
Is there anything worse than getting into your car and finding that it’s become a mobile sauna? Whilst it’s not a perfect solution, parking in the shade can make a big difference. If you’re able to park under cover, such as a tree, do so.
Whilst they can be a bit fiddly, sunblinds are the next best thing if parking in the shade isn’t an option. Relatively affordable, these can keep the sun from cooking the interior of your vehicle.
Leave Windows Down (Slightly)
No, we’re not suggesting that you leave your car’s windows significantly lowered whilst you leave it unattended. But leaving them slightly open, by just a smidgen, can help hot air escape and regulate the temperature.
Open Your Car’s Doors
Assuming you’re not in a rush, it’s always worthwhile opening your car’s doors before going on a long drive in warm weather. Simply opening them for a minute can significantly reduce the interior’s temperature. Just make sure you’re not obstructing anyone when you do it.
Keep Your Things Out of the Sun
If you keep valuables in your car, keep them out of direct sunlight. Anything from food, plastic and electronics can be seriously affected by direct sunlight and hot temperatures. Put them in your boot or in the footwells to keep them safe.
It always makes sense to drink plenty of water, but it’s especially the case when driving in a heatwave. Have a drink before setting off and keep some water with you as you travel. Just be careful not to leave plastic bottles in direct sunlight, as it can cause the plastic to react with the water.
Cover Your Steering Wheel
In some cases, temperatures can become so hot that simply grasping a car’s steering wheel can be uncomfortable. This is why it makes sense to cover them with a cover or towel during the summer months.
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