10 tips you should try for driving in a heat-wave

driving in a heat-wave
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Parts of the country are going through a heat-wave, making driving even more stressful than ever for those who have to spend long periods of time in a vehicle.  Soaring temperatures lead to dizziness, heat-stroke, dehydration and other ailments which can put motorists at risk and affect safe driving abilities.  Here are a few pointers regarding driving in a heat-wave:

10 tips you should try for driving in a heat-wave

  1. Travel early

If possible, travel either early in the day or late in the afternoon to avoid sitting in queuing traffic.

2. Use your air con

Use your air-con instead of opening your windows. The air outside your vehicle is hot and dry and will not help cool the car’s interior.  Although air-con usage increases fuel consumption it’s better to be in a cool car than have a heat-stroke in an attempt to save a few Rands.

driving in a heat-wave

3. Keep hydrated

Keep hydrated with water and not sugary- carbonated drinks.

4. Wear light colours

In as much as possible, wear light coloured clothing made from natural materials as these will keep you cooler for longer.

driving in a heat-wave

5. Don’t leave your child unattended

Do not leave your child, pet or elderly person unattended in the car no matter how quick you think your dash to the shops will be

6. Check water and oil levels

Check the water and oil levels in your engine before embarking on a long trip

7. Check your tires

Check that your tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations

8. Pullover

If your engine starts to overheat, pull over into a safe place and wait for assistance.

driving in a heat-wave

9. Park in a cool shady place

When parking, try to find a cool shady place. If there isn’t one, leave your window slightly open to allow air to circulate.

10. Get yourself some shades

Invest in a good pair of sunglasses which will keep the harmful rays of the sun out of your eyes and keep you from being blinded by the sun’s reflection off the road, windows, building and other vehicles.

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