So, if you are a hay fever sufferer, it’s important to follow these tips:
- Make sure any medication you’re taking is non-drowsy
- If your hay fever is particularly bad, try to get someone else to drive if you can
- Keep windows and air vents closed to reduce pollen grains in the car
- Clean mats and carpets regularly to reduce dust
- Wear sunglasses to block out bright sunlight
Avoiding traffic jams
Preparation is the key. Don’t follow the crowds on busy motorways and A roads, go on your own leisurely way. Plan an alternative route to your destination, where you can.
Be strategic about your timing especially if you’re travelling during the working week, avoid rush hour and think about travelling back on a Sunday evening.
Check an online route planner or a mobile phone app for traffic news and pick up the latest travel bulletins on local radio for updates of any accidents or unexpected road closures.
If you or your passengers smoke in the car, make sure you don’t throw lit cigarettes out of the window when they’re finished with. Roadside grass can become extremely dry in hot weather and a smouldering cigarette could be enough to start a fire.
Keep the windscreen clean
Summer driving can mean tired eyes and together with dazzle from the bright sun can be a dangerous combination. Keep your windscreen clean at all times, get scratches and chips repaired, use your sun visor and wear non light reactive sunglasses.
Your car needs to stay cool in the heat of summer. Vehicles heat up quickly so make sure your cooling system is in full working order. If the coolant leaks or the fan is faulty, the car could overheat – which could prove expensive, so ensuring it’s very important that it’s in good working condition.
Having enough to drink
Keeping yourself hydrated will aid concentration levels whilst driving. Avoid fatigue and the possibility of becoming dehydrated by taking frequent break. Just a few minutes will make a big difference and won’t drastically impact on your overall journey time.