JK's Guide to Driving and Staying Safe in Hot Weather

JK's Guide to Driving and Staying Safe in Hot Weather

JK's Marketing Assistant
Published 6 May 2022
Heidi Padoin

We don’t want to speak too soon, but it looks like the weather is going to be pretty hot for the next few weeks! To avoid problems during your future travels, we’ve put together a guide that will help. 

Heatwave conditions would cover anything from intense high heat from the sun, a lack of wind and little relief as a result of rain or clouds.

Driving in hot weather

Driving from place to place isn’t encouraged when a heatwave is taking place, however sometimes you will have no choice but to go ahead with your plans. Driving in high heat can compromise your driving ability and can pose a risk to your vehicle.

A common problem that occurs during a heatwave is the overheating of your engine. This is especially prevalent during times of high traffic where little-to-no air can glide over your components to cool them. This goes for both water-cooled and air-cooled vehicles and unfortunately when this happens, you have little control over it.

The best way to prevent this is to ensure you check the traffic on your route before you set off and continue to use a program such as Google Maps or Waze as you drive. These will provide constant updates on the flow of traffic in front of you and will provide you with an alternative route if the app is aware of heavy traffic up ahead.

High heat can also cause a disturbance to the driver. Not only can it cause dehydration and potentially affect your awareness, but it can make you feel sleepy and often quite irritable. If you’re travelling to a show and the heat is affecting your mood, it’s better to pull over for a moment or take a break at a service station, than to continue driving and potentially drive erratically as a result of anger and impatience.

In addition, if the heat makes you feel sleepy, you must pull over and take a break when it is safe to do so. Preferably at a service station and grab a fresh bottle of cold water to keep you hydrated. You should be sure to check the weather before you travel and if you know it will be a hot day, always take plenty of water and refreshments with you to keep the day running smoothly. It’s even better if you can pack them in an insulated or electric cool box

Click here to visit the Met Office website and get the latest updates on the weather for any potential interruptions to your journey.

It's getting hot in here   

There is nothing worse than a dark car in a heatwave! Take a moment to think about: dark vinyl seats, leather seats, black plastic steering wheels, metal steering wheels, or maybe even metal gear knobs. The thought of these in a heatwave is enough to make you make anyone’s blood boil, you can prevent these materials from conducting so much heat from the sun by blocking it out.

There are plenty of thermomats and similar products that will provide effective insulation against the suns heat and this will keep the interior of your car lovely and cool. We offer thermomats for various vehicles, please follow this link to shop our variety of mats here. Lets be honest, one of the worst things in the summer is falling into your seat, only to scold yourself on the metal part of your seatbelt buckle!

The words yelled in this situation cannot be repeated, and we can certainly agree that we could do without starting off a long road trip with accidents like these. 

Since the sun is beaming hot, why not make effective use of that energy? We sell permanent and temporary solar panel products that will allow you to make the most of the sun and use the energy for something else!

Whether you need your phone charged, camera batteries charged, your laptop or want to power your cool box, you can use your solar panel to charge them without relying on portable chargers or your vehicle's battery.

Lastly, if you’re camping or travelling in a camper/bus, you may benefit from installing curtains. Curtains make the difference between a van and a home and are a great way to insulate yourself against heat and light. If you’ve had a long day and just want a lay down in the shade, your camper would be the perfect place for this.