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Phill West

Pegasus Couriers Director

Pegasus Couriers - Drivers guide to staying cool

Did you know hot weather can strain your vehicle and increase the risk of mechanical failures or accidents? With the current European heatwave, it seems vital to highlight tips for a cool and safe ride.  Here are some tips from Pegasus Couriers director Phil West to help you stay cool and safe on the road. Buckle up, stay cool, and enjoy the ride with confidence!  

Preparing for Hot Weather

Before hitting the road in hot weather, taking some precautions is important. Keep an eye on your engine coolant levels, check your tyres, top up your oil, ensure your vehicle’s battery is in good condition, and decide whether to use air conditioning or open windows for ventilation. You can find more about avoiding a breakdown¬†here.

 

Staying Cool While Driving in Hot Weather

When it comes to staying cool while driving in hot weather, you have a few options. You can use the air conditioning for immediate relief from the heat, but remember that it can strain your vehicle’s engine and reduce fuel efficiency. Alternatively, you can open the windows for natural airflow, which may not be enough to combat extreme temperatures. Consider using a windscreen shield to block direct sunlight to help keep the interior cooler when your vehicle is parked.

Hot weather and how to stay cool. A guide from Pegasus Couriers

Vehicle Maintenance

Proper vehicle maintenance ensures your vehicle functions well and lasts through warm temperatures. Create a maintenance checklist to address any potential issues from hot weather.

One crucial aspect of maintenance in hot weather is monitoring engine coolant levels. Coolant helps regulate the engine temperature and prevent overheating. Regularly check your coolant levels and top them up if necessary.

Keep an eye on your tyres, as hot temperatures can cause the air inside them to expand, leading to overinflation. This can result in reduced traction and an increased risk of tyre blowouts. Regularly inspect your tyres and adjust the pressure to maintain optimal performance.

Vehicle Battery

Extreme heat can also harm your vehicle’s battery. High temperatures cause the battery fluid to evaporate, leading to battery failure. Regularly check your battery and clean any corrosion on the terminals and connections to prevent this. If your battery is three years or older, testing it to ensure proper functioning is recommended.

By following a basic checklist and conducting regular vehicle checks, you can enjoy a smooth and trouble-free driving experience even in hot weather conditions.

Stay Hydrated

In the courier industry, delivery drivers are constantly in and out of the vehicles – it is crucial to stay hydrated.
As temperatures rise, your body sweats more to cool down, leading to fluid loss. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to replenish lost fluids and prevent dehydration. Adequate hydration helps regulate body temperature, maintain organ function, and prevent heat-related illnesses. Make a conscious effort to drink water regularly, especially when engaging in activities.

Sun Cream - Don't Forget It

Hydration and sun protection are essential to stay cool and comfortable driving in hot weather. Remember to drink plenty of water and regularly apply sunscreen to prevent dehydration and sunburn.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Absolutely! When driving with children and pets in hot weather, it's important to take safety precautions to keep them cool. Provide shade, use window shades, keep them hydrated, and never leave them unattended in a hot vehicle.

A: Maintaining the coolant system is crucial to prevent engine overheating in extreme heat. Regularly check for wear, corrosion, or leaks in the cooling system and ensure the coolant is at the proper level.

A: Signs of tyre blowout risk in extreme heat include under-inflation, worn tread, and sidewall cracks. Regularly check the pressure and inspect for wear and damage to protect your tyres.

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