Driving in hot weather without taking precautions could see motorists fined up to £5,000

Driving in hot weather without taking precautions could see motorists fined up to £5,000

Warm weather may be welcomed by many but motorists are warned they could easily pick up fines and penalty points for failing to be preparedRoad users could become disorientated in the heat which could see them become uncomfortable and distracted behind the wheel. 

This could see motorists hit with fines of up to £2,500, or £5,000 in extreme cases, with motorists even issued penalty points and a possible driving ban. 

Rule 237 of the Highway Code says motorists should keep their vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness. 

Losing concentration behind the wheel could put yourself and other road users in severe danger of having a car crash.

Alongside this, road users could be charged with driving without due care and attention or careless driving. 

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Experts at the RAC say motorists can avoid a car becoming too hot in the first place by taking a range of simple precautions. 

Parking away from direct sunlight will ensure the sun is not baking a car while you are away and could help keep your seats and interior cool for a journey. 

The RAC also recommends motorists install a simple windscreen sunshade on a car in warm weather to protect your vehicle. 

This will take the sting out of the heat and will protect touch points such as the steering wheel and gear stick which could fry in extreme temperatures. 

Failing to maintain an air conditioning unit could see the tool failing to work at its optimum and successfully cool down a car when it needs to. 

Before starting a car, road users should ensure they fan their car by opening both windows on one side of the vehicle and then swinging a door on the opposite side. 

Repeating this three times will help remove the vast amount of hot air from a car so motorists get into a  cooler and more bearable vehicle. 

For longer journeys, motorists should make sure they pack plenty of water and do not hesitate to stop for air if they become drowsy on the journey. 

The AA says motorists should take sealed ice packs or damp cloths in their car or keep cooling sprays and handheld fans. 

Paper fans are cheaper alternatives to battery fans and can be easily stashed in the glove box for when temperatures rise. 

The AA warns that vehicules don’t block UV rays so passengers sensitive to the sun should make sure they apply enough sunscreen to protect themselves.

Published at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:40:00 +0000