Drivers warned against hot weather hazards
Breakdown group Green Flag is warning drivers to take precautions when heading out this Spring following a quiet time on our roads during lockdown.
Milder weather brings out more cyclists, joggers, motorbikes, playing children, and pedestrians and warmer weather brings extra hazards.
Check your tyre pressure
In colder weather tyres tend to deflate slightly. This means that tyres often have lower pressure as we head into summer. Hot weather comes along and heats up the pressure which can create tyre flats and blowouts. Even strong, fresh tyres have been known to blowout during a heat wave.
It also doesn’t help that there are more potholes at the end of winter. You can reduce the risk of a blowout by checking tyre pressure — including the spare, and by avoiding potholes if it’s safe to driver around them.
Drivers who suffer from hay fever and experience itchy eyes, sneezing, blocked noses or breathing difficulties are advised to keep car windows shut, adjust the air con settings, and check the pollen forecast in advance.
When we do get a bright day, sun glare can be a cause of collisions. Reduce your risk by having sunglasses to hand and keeping the windscreen clean. When driving with sun glare, check your speed so that you can slow down in time to avoid a potential hazard.
Check your footwear as you head to the park or beach this summer. Wearing popular summer footwear, such as flip flops or thick soled sandals, while not illegal, is contrary to Rule 97 of the Highway Code, which stipulates that sensible footwear must be worn. If you’re in an accident and the police see that you’re not wearing sensible driving shoes, you could be charged with ‘driving without due care and attention’. Your flip flops could cost you a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points on your licence.
When it comes to wearing the correct shoes for driving, the RAC suggests that you don’t wear shoes with soles which are too thin, too thick, or too heavy. Nor do you want to wear shoes which limit ankle movement. It’s important that shoes have enough grip that your feet don’t slip off the pedals and are narrow enough not to accidentally press two pedals at once.