So, if you are a hay fever sufferer, it’s important to follow these tips:
- Make sure any medication you’re taking is non-drowsy
- If your hay fever is particularly bad, try to get someone else to drive if you can
- Keep windows and air vents closed to reduce pollen grains in the car
- Clean mats and carpets regularly to reduce dust
- Wear sunglasses to block out bright sunlight
If you plan your fuel stops in advance you can save yourself money on your summer journey. Take a little time to find out where the cheapest petrol stations are on your route, and then you could spend the savings on some fish and chips at the seaside with your kids!
Here is an easier way you can find the cheapest fuel in your area here.
Remember, you must not use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device whilst you are driving.
Also make sure that you’ve checked the travel news before you leave and use the live traffic function if you own a SAT NAV with traffic update features.Tough Driving Penalties For Mobile Phone Users
Preparation is the key. Don’t follow the crowds on busy motorways and A roads, go on your own leisurely way. Plan an alternative route to your destination, where you can.
Be strategic about your timing especially if you’re travelling during the working week, avoid rush hour and think about travelling back on a Sunday evening.
Check an online route planner or a mobile phone app for traffic news and pick up the latest travel bulletins on local radio for updates of any accidents or unexpected road closures.
Stop and take a short nap (up to 15 minutes) if you feel tired or drink two cups of strong coffee - that should do the trick!
It’s best to avoid getting tired in the first place if you can. Try these tips:
- Include a 20-minute break in journeys of more than three hours.
- On longer trips, take a break every couple of hours.
- Don’t drink alcohol or eat a heavy meal before driving.
Also, don’t stop for a nap on the hard shoulder – and make sure you check parking restrictions before putting your head down at a motorway service area, as you could get a ticket for overstaying your welcome.
Summer driving can mean tired eyes and together with dazzle from the bright sun can be a dangerous combination.
Keep your windscreen clean at all times, get scratches and chips repaired, use your sun visor and wear non light reactive sunglasses.
Your car needs to stay cool in the heat of summer. Vehicles heat up quickly so make sure your cooling system is in full working order.
If the coolant leaks or the fan is faulty, the car could overheat – which could prove expensive, so ensuring it’s very important that it’s in good working condition.
Keeping yourself hydrated will aid concentration levels whilst driving. Avoid fatigue and the possibility of becoming dehydrated by taking frequent break.
Just a few minutes will make a big difference and won’t drastically impact on your overall journey time.
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