Driving in hot or sunny conditions carries additional risk
When the warmer summer months arrive in Northern Ireland, it’s important to stay vigilant and ensure your safety while driving on the roads. The change in weather and road conditions requires a different approach to ensure a smooth and secure journey.
To help you navigate the summer roads with confidence, we have compiled six essential tips for safe summer driving in Northern Ireland.
- Prepare Your Vehicle: Just as you would for winter driving, it is crucial to prepare your vehicle for the summer season. Ensure your car is in optimal condition by checking the tire pressure, tread depth and overall vehicle maintenance. Additionally, remember to top up fluids such as coolant and windshield washer fluid to prevent overheating and maintain clear visibility.
- Stay Hydrated: When the sun is shining and temperatures rise, it’s important to keep yourself hydrated, especially during long drives. Dehydration can impair your concentration and reaction times, posing a risk on the road. Remember to carry a bottle of water and drink regularly to stay refreshed throughout your journey.
- Watch Out for Vulnerable Road Users: Warmer weather means increased activity on the roads, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Remain vigilant and watch out for vulnerable road users, particularly in busy urban areas, residential areas and near popular tourist spots. Give them ample space and always signal your intentions to ensure a safe environment for everyone.
- Adjust Your Driving Style: With dry and sunny conditions, it can be tempting to increase your speed. However, it’s essential to maintain a safe and appropriate driving speed at all times. Adhere to speed limits, especially in built-up areas and avoid tailgating. By adjusting your driving style to the prevailing conditions, you’ll reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a smoother journey.
- Be Mindful of Glare: During summer, the sun’s rays can cause significant glare, particularly during early mornings and late afternoons. To combat this, wear sunglasses with polarized lenses to reduce glare and improve visibility. Additionally, keep your windscreen clean inside and out to minimize the effects of glare and maintain optimal visibility.
- Take Regular Breaks: Long summer drives often involve extended periods behind the wheel. To combat fatigue and maintain focus, it is crucial to take regular breaks. Plan your journey in advance, including designated stops for rest and refreshments. Stretch your legs, have a snack and allow yourself time to recharge before continuing your journey.
Enjoying the warm summer months on the roads of Northern Ireland can be a delightful experience, provided you prioritise safety. Remember, summer driving requires its own set of precautions, so stay prepared, be mindful of the conditions and drive safely.
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