Now that we’re eventually seeing some hot weather and people are taking to the roads for their summer breaks and holidays the police are advising commuters to be ready for the conditions they will be travelling in.
The majority of people know they need to be prepared for their journey when the weather conditions are poor, but it is also just as important to prepare yourself for when we get a bout of hot weather.
When we do get hot weather lots of people take advantage of it so the roads end up busier than normal and breaking down or getting stuck in slow moving traffic during hot conditions can be very dangerous if you’re not prepared and aren’t carrying water and suitable warm clothing for when the night draws in and temperatures drop.
It is also vitally important for motorcyclists to make sure they wear their full protective clothing (leathers). No matter how tempting it can be for bikers to wear less clothing in hot weather, bare skin coming into contact with a road surface, even at low speeds, is very dangerous and can leave you scarred for life.
We have pulled together a list of tips below to try and keep people safe:
Make sure your vehicle is in good condition before setting out by checking the tyres, windscreen washer fluid, oil, and coolant.
Ensure you have plenty refreshments. You need at least one litre of water per person you are carrying in your vehicle, sufficient food and medicines your occupants may need
Always keep blankets in your boot. Even though the weather may be hot when you start your journey, temperatures can drop drastically warm when the sun goes down.
Ensure your mobile phone is charged
Its advisable to have a membership with a breakdown organisation
Inform your family or friends of your intended journey, what route you plan on taking and the expected arrival time at your destination
Tune in to travel updates on the radio and pay attention to message boards on the road sides
Good weather doesn’t always mean good driving conditions. The hot sun can melt road surfaces and a downpour after a period of hot weather can mix with dust, oil and rubber causing the road surface to become slippy.