The sun and heat can be enemies of driving, that’s why the DGT have released their recommendations for this summer.
Heat raises the temperature inside the vehicle and can alter the driver’s ability, cause fatigue, increase nervousness, produce tension … and even aggressiveness. Both the General direction of traffic as we want you to have a peaceful holiday and therefore we recommend that you apply the trick that DGT gives to avoid heat problems in the car.
It is related to the ideal temperature that we must maintain in the interior of our car: it must be between 21 and 23 degrees. Not surprisingly, driving with more than 30 degrees causes errors behind the wheel to increase by 20%. To this, the DGT He adds that we must regulate the air conditioning or climate control before we start and not while driving. Therefore, take note of the following recommendations:
- Air the vehicle: Roll down the windows to let out the hot air that has been concentrated inside and to try to balance the temperature.
- Grids: place them well, that is, the central ones pointing upwards so that the air circulates and cools the entire passenger compartment and the sides facing the windows. What to avoid is that they point us directly.
- Beware of power: You must start these systems gradually, from less to more.
- Hot air: When you start, the air that comes out is normally hot. Therefore, walk the first few meters with the windows open so that it comes out as soon as possible and when you notice that it is getting cooler, close them and turn up the intensity of the air conditioning or climate control to achieve the ideal temperature.
Tips for summer driving
This is not the only advice we can follow when thermometers start to rise. There are some complementary precautions that we can adopt to avoid the adverse effects of high temperatures inside the car:
- Avoid the hottest hours: Schedule your commute early or late as you won’t have to drive in the hottest times.
- Comfortable clothes: Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing and footwear that properly supports your foot.
- Hydration: Bring fresh drinks (water and fruit juices) and drink frequently without waiting to be thirsty.
- Eat: It is advisable to eat light foods rich in protein and vitamins. Avoid fatty foods.
- Breaks: for every 200 kilometers or every 2 hours to hydrate, air the vehicle and relax. Try to leave the car in the shade.
- Fatigue: If you notice symptoms of fatigue or drowsiness, stop immediately to rest or sleep.
- Motor: monitor the temperature so that it does not overheat.
This article was published in Autobild by Elena Sanz Bartolomé.