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Motorists given advice to help avoid trouble in approaching heatwave

Tuesday 16 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Motorists given advice to help avoid trouble in approaching heatwave

Motorists given advice to help avoid trouble in approaching heatwave

No one likes being stuck in a hot car, and GEM Motoring Assist has issued some pointers on how to stay cool and lower stress levels on journeys in warm summer weather.

With reports currently suggesting a heatwave could be just around the corner, keeping temperatures and stress levels down has never been more important.

Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer, said: “Driving in hot weather can be challenging, but we can reduce stress and discomfort by following some simple tips to ensure that we, our passengers and our vehicles are ready for the heat.”

Motorists should be planning their trips in advance, and work breaks into the route if the journey is a longer one. Queuing time should also be taken into consideration, as many other drivers will likely be making the same plans.

With temperatures forecast to hit 30 degrees in certain parts of England and Wales, performing basic car maintenance checks prior to hitting the road is a must. Keeping topped up on engine coolant will ensure your car can handle the hot weather, and oil levels should be checked as well.

Washer fluid should be topped up to deal with the greater numbers of bugs out in summer, as well as any dust that can be kicked up in dry weather.

A large bottle of water should also be kept in the car at all times, as this could become a lifeline in the event of a breakdown. Children or dogs should never be left in a hot car either.