HEATING UP ON THE ROADS

 

Congestion caused by a road accident Algarve Portugal

By Photography by: Osvaldo Gago - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=265548

Once again things are getting ready to heat up again for summer, with temperatures expected to hit the upper 30's and low 40's for many parts of SA. It seems that sometimes the heat has a direct effect on drivers across the state - they're more likely to be impatient, in a hurry to get home, and often weary and innattentive because of the extreme heat. It's probably good to remember this when you hit the road and just be a little more wary of other people's driving. Keeping hydrated is always important, and if you're doing a lot of driving, keep some water close at hand to help keep your cool. (Remember, cafeeinated drinks may help keep you awake, but they are also diuretics that can cause your body to lose water).

Additionally, it's a good idea to ensure your car is in good working order, so you don't get stranded by the side of the road in extreme heat conditions. The NRMA advises you should check your air conditioning unit, engine coolant, tyres (under-inflated tyres are more likely to flex more which causes heat build-up, increasing the chance of a tyre failing), and fuel (of course! But you'd be surprised how many hot and flustered drivers end up running out of petrol on a hot day!).

Hot weather also puts a strain on all of your engine components, not just your cooling system, so be sure to check your engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid to make sure they are all at recommended levels.

Keep an eye on your phone's battery level too - if something goes wrong, you'll want to be able to call for help as soon as possible. 

Let's all try our best to keep our cool on the roads and stay safe this summer.