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Tips for travelling in summer

WITH holidays and road trips still on the agenda for many Aussies throughout January, it is important to remember a few simple hot-weather driving tips to help ensure you and your car are ready to tackle the long, hot summer days.

The summer holiday period is a peak time for travel, and driving long distances in soaring temperatures can put a real strain on your car. 

In order to adequately protect your car, drivers need to check off just a few basics to ensure that their car is in optimum shape for a safe and comfortable time on the road.

Goodyear Autocare spokesperson Doug Trenwith said following a few simple precautions can reduce the risk of a breakdown during a hot summer's day.

"Before heading off, be sure to check the basics - oil, windshield washer and tyre pressure, including your spare. This is particularly important for cars that may have already travelled perhaps more than usual over the festive season, as each of these might have changed dramatically.

"When driving in hot weather, it's crucial to keep an eye on the lights and gauges on your dashboard. If the temperature gauge moves up at all, pull over immediately to let the car cool down.

"Driving with an overheated engine can cause permanent damage to your vehicle.  Remember though not to touch any part of the engine while it is still hot, nor attempt to remove the radiator cap - the coolant will be extremely hot and may cause burns if it touches your skin," Mr Trenwith said.

On a typical Australian summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be as much as 30°C to 40°C higher than the outside temperature . 

Here are a few tips to help keep your car cool throughout the summer:

  • If you can, plan your travel for the cooler hours of the day;
  • Cool your car down as much as possible before getting in; consider a windscreen shield;
  • Where possible, park your car undercover or in the shade to reduce the amount of direct sunlight hitting your car;
  • Be well equipped with an emergency tool box and water in the car at all times;
  • Stop frequently and get out of the car to help prevent you and your car from overheating;
  • Always travel with a mobile phone for emergency calls; and
  • Do not leave children or pets in your car at any cost.

For more information visit Goodyear Autocare.

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