5 Ways To Drive Safely In The Summer

I'm sure I've gone on and on about it so many time online and IRL, but driving is something that I've always wanted to do.
I plan on booking my theory test very soon. In the meantime, I'll just have to continue to rely on public transport.

Since I started revising for my theory test and practising hazard perception, there are so many things that I didn't realise about hazards on the road and the kind of things to look out for. I always knew that there were dangers on the road anyway - especially in the winter months - but I didn't realise the dangers in the summer season too, which include:
- Exploding tyres
- Engine failure
- Congestion on the roads
- Construction
- Excessive heat
- More inexperienced drivers on the road
- More cyclists on the road.

I really want to have my own car in the future so clearly, there is a lot to be aware of as a future vehicle owner.

Mini Cooper - my dream car!
Summer is here and in full swing and holiday season has arrived, so if you are planning a road trip or you travel on long-distance journeys on a regular basis, then here are five ways to drive safely in the summer.

1. Pack up the Piriton.
One of the worst things about summer is the high pollen count and hayfever, which is terrible. Hayfever symptoms - which include runny eyes, constant sneezing and inner congestion - are not just annoying, they can be incredibly distracting for a driver. Talk to your local pharmacist about possible treatment options and be aware that some hayfever medications may make you drowsy (and therefore unable to drive.) Also, deep clean your vehicle and get rid of potential irritants (e.g. dust) in order to keep symptoms at bay.

2. Don't overload your car.
If you are packing up for a trip, make sure that you don't exceed your car's loading capacity. Overloading can cause the car to slow down, so travel as lightly as possible. Also, make sure that your items don't block the view of your windows and mirrors.

3. Check the weather.
Sunnier weather usually leads to two things: glare and high temperatures. Make sure you use a sun shield to reduce the heat within the car and pull down your glare shield to keep the sunshine out of your eyes while driving. Also, take a bottle of water with you to keep yourself hydrated.

4. Check your tyres!
Checking your tyres is very important, so make this your priority before you go on a long-distance trip. The general rule is this: check tread depths with a 20p coin - if the outer band of the coin isn't visible, the tyre is safe. Also, check the pressure of all of the tyres. If the pressure is right then chances are the tyres will last longer and maximise fuel consumption. If you need new tyres then you can find tyres online at reasonable prices on the Point S website.

5. Take a break.
If you know that you have a long drive ahead of you, then schedule break times. There are many places where you can stop over and by taking breaks, you will be able to recharge and refocus. Driving for long periods of time can be a bit taxing to definitely make sure you are able to have time-outs.

Will you be driving this summer?

*This post was written in collaboration with Point S. All opinions are my own.

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