Stay safe when driving in hot weather – read our 5 tips below
Driving a group around in a Minibus when the sun is shining and the weather is beautiful can be lots of fun, but when temperatures get high like they are this week, you should take extra care to keep your passengers safe when driving in hot weather.
Being prepared for the challenges of high temperatures is essential.
What are the dangers of driving when it’s hot?
The most apparent hazard when the sun is shining is sun glare, which can dramatically reduce visibility.
Hot weather can also cause dehydration and heat exhaustion.
In some countries, extreme heat and hot weather can do severe damage. According to the United States’ National Weather Service, heat often kills more people in the US than any other weather condition. That’s more than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined.
So, as we are not used to this much heat and hot weather in London or England, we wanted to give you some easy tips to help you stay safe and comfortable in high temperatures when you’re driving in a minibus.
1) Plan ahead
More people travel when the weather is sunny, which means the roads can usually be much busier, and there’s a greater chance of traffic on the roads – high temperatures and bad-tempered drivers don’t mix well. Avoid peak times and try setting off earlier than usual for a more leisurely drive, and make sure you plan alternative routes or destinations to avoid the worst of the traffic.
2) Reduce sun glare
Make sure you use sunglasses, and the minibus’s sun visors are down to reduce glare, You could even pack a couple of sun shields for some of the side windows if you have young children in the back.
3) Pack a summer survival kit
Dehydration can set in quickly, so always pack plenty of water. Take more than you think you’ll need in case the journey takes longer than planned, and some snacks to keep you and your passengers fuelled. And don’t forget the sunscreen, it might be worth bringing a bottle, as well any antihistamine or allergy tablets you may need – the last thing you will want when you’re at the wheel are streaming eyes due to hay fever.
4) Top up with fuel and fluids
Minibuses use more fuel when the air conditioning is running. Always fill the tank at the nearest petrol station before you set off. Check the oil level is topped up, as well as the coolant reservoirs and water for your wipers. If you notice the temperature gauge creeping towards the red, pull over safely and let the engine cool down.
It’s highly unlikely your minibus will break down, but there’s always a chance when the engine is sucking in constant warm air. All our vehicles carry a breakdown folder that tells you what you should do if the Minibus breaks down. You can call our office and speak to a member of our team. If our office is closed, you can call our emergency on-call number which is given to you when you collect your keys.
5) How to drive if the sun suddenly appears low in the sky
If the sun suddenly becomes low on the horizon and visibility is dramatically reduced, avoid slamming on the breaks. Always, gently brake to slow down, and switch on your hazard lights to warn other drivers. Pull down the sun visors and put on sunglasses. Still, drive slowly until visibility improves.
If there’s a sudden thunderstorm or it rains heavily, which can often happen if the humidity and air pressure are high, you should slow the car down to suit the conditions but avoid any harsh braking and sudden steering.
Do you want to book a Minibus to take your group on a trip? See our Group Transport Services for more information. Our drivers are trained to a high standard and know all of these tips. You can rest assured you will travel safely with us.
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