Preparing for driving in hot weather just as important as in ice or snow – warns AA

Anne O'Grady

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Anne O'Grady

Preparing for driving in hot weather just as important as in ice or snow – warns AA

With temperatures surpassing 30 degrees, road surfaces may be affected

With a Status Yellow High Temperature Warning in place for today and tomorrow, AA Roadwatch are warning motorists to prepare themselves and their cars before setting off on any journey.

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With temperatures surpassing 30 degrees, road surfaces may be affected. “Tar doesn’t exactly melt but it does become more viscous” says Arwen Foley, Editor of AA Roadwatch. “It sticks to your tyres and attracts all kinds of debris which can become dangerous.”

“We are urging all motorists to check their tyres before setting off on any journey” says Arwen. “Clean your tyres, remove any debris, particularly stones caught in the tread. Pressure is also very important, as softer tyres cause more friction and can worsen any weak spots which can lead to a blowout.”

While most motorways and national routes will be up to that of European standards and will therefore be unlikely to see the effects of softer tar, secondary and tertiary routes are likely to suffer. 

County and City Councils will be out doing what they can to prevent dangerous driving conditions. Fresh chippings are scattered and rolled into the roads surface. This is part of normal road maintenance and repair but will obviously happen more often in conditions such as these.

The effects of hay fever or even the sun’s glare may also be hazardous. “Make sure you clean your windscreen both inside and out, bring your sunglasses to protect your eyes and if you’re a hay fever sufferer like myself, you might need to take some medication to help with streaming eyes, just make sure it’s non-drowsy” warns Arwen.

With many children already on their school holiday, The AA is also warning motorists to watch out for kids crossing the road. “Children can get very excited during the summer holidays and may forget the dangers associated with roads. Drivers need to be particularly careful in seaside towns, near parks and shopping centres and in residential areas” advises Arwen.