As the temperatures rise and schools let out for summer holidays, more and more people hit the road for holidays, family visits, and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or just driving to the beach for the day, it’s important to take some precautions and prepare yourself and your vehicle for safe summer driving.
One of the first things to consider when driving in the summer is the potential impact of climate on your route. Especially in the summer, the asphalt mixture is heated and softened, which can lead to reduced pavement resistance under high temperatures.
This can cause irreversible deformation and rutting, which not only affects driving comfort but also endangers safety.
To avoid potential hazards, try to plan your driving for cooler parts of the day when temperatures are lower. Additionally, it’s important to stay hydrated during summer driving. As temperatures rise, our bodies can quickly become dehydrated. This not only affects our physical well-being but also our ability to concentrate while driving.
Another important consideration when driving in hot weather is the condition of your vehicle’s tires. Hot temperatures can cause increased tire pressure which can lead to a blowout.
Be sure to check your tire pressure regularly and keep an eye out for signs of wear or damage. In addition to the above precautions, it’s also important to consider your driving style.
High temperatures can cause road rage and aggressive driving, so it’s important to remain calm and patient while on the road.