Being safe on the road is number-one priority regardless of the time of year but as the holiday season is creeping in, it can’t hurt to remind ourselves of the dangers and prepare for the changing conditions as the streets become busier and the weather gets warmer.
1. Check your tyres
Your tyres should be in good condition all year round, but it’s even more important during the summer months, as they’re the most critical safety elements on your car. With temperatures this year looking to soar, the roads will be scorching.
Summer weather will not only dry out and damage the rubber on your wheels, but an over-inflated tyre can even burst in the heat. Check your tyre pressure and if the centre of the tyre is worn significantly more than the outer edges, it’s probably been over-inflated. Make a habit of checking for tyre damage every time you wash your car.
2. Stay hydrated
With festivities and social gatherings becoming more frequent during December, the excess dining can leave us feeling sluggish and dehydrated so it’s important to keep up your water intake. Likewise, your passengers will be feeling the same after being out in the sun all day so make sure you keep spare water bottles available in your car, which will no doubt be greatly appreciated.
3. Slow down
With traffic busier than usual and your passengers keen to get picked up as soon as possible, remember to slow down. Speed cameras will be ramped up with double demerit points in place over the festive days. With more people on the roads, it’s not worth rushing to shave a little time off your route.
4. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts
Australians have been warned this year to expect more thunderstorms and hail as the heat soars to new heights. As we’ve already experienced over the past few weeks, thunderstorms have battered parts of New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT, and parts of Victoria with heavy rain and giant hailstones.
This can be extremely dangerous and often comes with no or little warning, so look at the forecast for your area each day and check in periodically to make sure nothing has changed. At Splend we do our best to issue weather warnings to our members ahead of any thunderstorm so you can seek shelter along the route if you’re out driving.
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