Driving when it’s Hot, Hot, Hot and Wet, Wet, Wet
Keeping cool on the road this summer – AA tips
With yellow alerts for summer storms and localised flooding across many parts of the UK in the coming days, the AA is warning of potential traffic disruption into the weekend.
After a prolonged period of hot and dry weather, heavy rainfall can quickly lead to slippery conditions due to a build-up of oil, rubber and other contaminants on the road surface.
And with the staycation season heating up, more and more drivers are embarking on road trips and family days out, pushing traffic back to and above pre-pandemic levels. Those who don’t prepare for the journey are more likely to be hindered by breakdowns, warns the AA.
Ben Sheridan, AA Patrol of the Year, says: “We often advise drivers to be prepared for winter driving but it’s just as important in the summer, too. It’s tempting to throw the bags in the boot and hit the road, but a few simple checks could stop a breakdown raining on your parade.
“Some problems can be exacerbated by high temperatures and if your car breaks down, your air conditioning won’t work either, so it’s well worth taking ten minutes to check your oil, coolant and windscreen wash levels before you set off. Ensure you have plenty of fuel and check the tyre pressures (check when tyres are cold and increase pressure for heavy loads if necessary) and tread depth – not forgetting the spare if you have one and any caravan or trailer.
“It’s vital to make sure that your car’s tyres are in good condition. Worn tyres are not only more likely to suffer a blow-out, especially in high temperatures, but in the event of a sharp summer downpour a worn tyre is likely to aquaplane, meaning a significantly increased stopping distance and loss of control.
“In a thunderstorm water can quickly run off the road, causing flash flooding. It only takes one incident to cause long tailbacks, so keep tuned to local traffic reports and reduce your speed as appropriate for the conditions. Never risk driving through flood water and if you find yourself aquaplaning, ease off the accelerator to slow down gently.”
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