Summer can mean high temperatures, increased stress levels, and extra demands on your car - so here's some advice to help with the challenges of summer driving.
Driving in Extreme Heat
If left in full sun, a vehicle interior can exceed 50°C, tarmac can melt and has similar grip characteristics to a wet road surface. If you need to drive on a long journey (more than 1hr) ensure you wear appropriate footwear (see our separate advisory on footwear here
), keep hydrated and check your tyres are at the correct pressure.
Use of Speed
Always drive within the speed limit and at speeds safe for the conditions recognising that, in some circumstances, this may be below the posted limit. When estimating what a ‘safe’ speed is, consider not only the weather and road conditions but also the potential impact of a collision.
If you need to drive in a non-home country, you must familiarise yourself with the local traffic regulations of each country you intend to drive in. If you do not feel competent or confident driving in another country, arrange driver training through your manager or consider using taxis or public transport.
Towing a Caravan
Your company issued vehicle may be used for towing provided the tow-bar fitted is approved by the vehicle manufacturer and you comply with the manufacturer’s guidelines on your vehicle’s towing capability.
Dazzle from the sun causes lots of accidents but you can reduce the effect by keeping your windscreen clean, replacing worn or damaged windscreen wipers and keep a clean pair of sunglasses in your car all year round.
Driver fatigue is a major cause of collisions and employees should organise their work/driving to avoid fatigue. Driving breaks should be taken before the onset of fatigue. At minimum, a 15-minute break every 2 hours is recommended.
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