The sun might be great for taking a walk, topping up your tan or having a barbeque but it can cause some problems when you’re behind the wheel.
It’s not often we get a sunny day in Ireland but when it does happen it’s good to remember that driving in the sun can be just as dangerous as driving in the snow. Here are a few precautions you can take to ensure that you’re safe in the sun.
1. Drive cautiously. Good weather can make the road surface slippery which can affect the traction you have on the road as well as your ability to break effectively. The only way to combat this is to take your time and leave plenty of room between you and the car in front. It’s also a wise move to check your tyres. Make sure the tread and tyre pressure are correct, as under inflation and hot weather can be a quick-fire way to a puncture. (Think we all know how annoying those can be!)
2. Glare is the biggest problem that arises when it’s sunny. To reduce the effects, use your visors and wear sunglasses. Also make sure your windscreen and windows are clean. Replace your wipers regularly and check you have enough fluid to keep your windscreen clean. If all else fails, consider taking a route that is more sheltered.
3. It can be tempting to put the windows down and fire on the air-conditioning when it’s warm but this will waste money. Either do one or the other, not both. Air-conditioning is probably the better of the two as putting your windows down increases drag but do turn off the air-conditioning once you have cooled down.
4. Sunny or warm weather can also make you drowsy so take regular stops, avoid eating heavy meals before driving and if you feel tired, pull over and take a rest along with a cup of coffee.
Check back here for weekly driving tips, with thanks to MSL Ballsbridge