It doesn’t seem like two minutes ago that it was snowing does it? Well now we’re fully into summer, kick-started with one of the longest heatwaves we can remember. It’s been over 30 degrees in the UK, but it’s a well-known fact that cars can reach a way hotter temperature inside. It goes without saying that children or dogs should never be left in hot cars, even if the window is down a little! Driving in the heat and sun can feel like hard work, but here are some tips to make it easier.
1. Keeping it cool. Air Conditioning or windows down? Whichever you choose, it will help to keep you cool. Just remember that air conditioning uses more fuel! Keep your windows down just a touch to ensure a little bit of cool air can get in.
2. Stay hydrated! Ensure you take a bottle of water or two with you however long your journey is. The last thing you want is to be caught in a traffic jam, in the heat, with no water!
3. Ensure your car is ready for the summer. Check your windscreen fluid – a dirty windscreen with the sun glaring on it isn’t a good mix. Check your oil levels and engine coolant to ensure your car doesn’t crumble in the heat!
4. Think ahead. Park in a spot you know will be shady in the midday heat and park with the back of your car facing the sun. This will save the steering wheel and gear stick burning your hands when you get in!
5. Cover up! Use windscreen covers to keep the heat out. If you have leather seats, these could be particularly uncomfortable. Use seat covers to keep them cooler during the day. Use sun shades on the windows to block the sun from your little one’s eyes.
Have you got any more tips to share? We want to hear them!