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The Dos and Don’ts of Driving in a Heatwave

The Dos and Don’ts of Driving in a Heatwave
Tina Playle
  • On July 26, 2018

We’re sure you’re well aware of the fact that the UK is literally a flame emoji at the moment. We’re also sure that learner drivers all around the country are taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine to get in some private practice.

However, there are a few precautions you need to take when driving in a heatwave, just to make sure you stay safe!


DO Have water. Lots of it.

The number 1 rule of a heatwave is to stay hydrated. So, always make sure you keep a bottle of water in your car, especially when you’re planning on driving in a heatwave.


DO check engine cooling levels

As a learner driver, we don’t expect you to know too much about what goes on under the bonnet. Just make sure your engine coolant, oil and brake fluid are filled to the right level before you set off for a drive. These are all things that you need to know for the driving test anyway, so it’s good practice.

Sunglasses are absolutely essential for driving in a heatwave!

DO Wear sunglasses

Not only a great fashion choice but also a practical one! In this glorious weather we are in no short supply of glare from the sun. It’s important that you have clear visibility when driving in a heatwave, so dig out your best pair!


DO Park in the shade

This is a bit of an obvious one, but this can slip people’s mind under the stress of parking! Avoid hot seats by looking for a shadier parking space if possible. If you’re going to be parked in the same place for a significant amount of time it can be a good idea to think about how the shade might move too!


DO Check your air con

If you’re lucky enough to have air con in your car, make sure you test it before setting of for your drive. There’s nothing worse than being let down once you’re out there driving in a heatwave.

driving in a heatwave

Always check your AC before heading off for a drive in hot weather.

DON’T Leave a pet in your car

If you’re running errands or need to have a pet with you in the car, please, don’t leave them in the car.

For more information on this, visit the RSPCA website here


DON’T Forget your sun screen!

It can be easy to forget to apply sunscreen if you’re just out for a drive. But you can still get sunburn whilst driving! So, make sure to apply that before going on to practice your driving in a heatwave.


DON’T Drive if you’re feeling fatigued.

We’ve said it before but we’ll saying it again, driving whilst fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Always make sure you’ve eaten recently and had a good amount of sleep before going on to practice your driving.

It never hurts to take extra precaution when it comes to driving as a learner, especially during this heatwave we’re having!

If you are planning on practising your driving outside of lessons, you’ll need learner driver insurance.

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