National Highways has issued advice to motorists and their passengers this week due to an expected heatwave and planned rail strikes.
The state-owned company has compiled some top tips to help people keep traffic flowing and make their journeys easier – including making sure they carry out basic vehicle checks and have plenty of drinking water on board.
Met Office extreme heat warning
That met office has issued a Extreme heat warning for later this week and over the weekend in many parts of England, saying people could experience adverse health effects including sunburn, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses.
It also warns of potential travel delays and says more people will be visiting coastal areas, lakes, rivers and beauty spots.
The following is recommended for drivers traveling this week and the upcoming weekend:
- Pick up bottled water before setting off to ensure all travelers stay hydrated
- Plan and allow enough time for trips
- Check the weather forecast for your destination
- Check your vehicle before driving
- Carry summer essentials like snacks that won’t melt or get ruined in the heat, hats, and sunscreen
- Check travel conditions before you set off and, where safe to do so, during the trip.
Paul Beecher, National Network Manager at National Highways, said: “It is always important to plan your trip in advance. This advice is no different in times of hot weather and during the summer holiday season.
“We urge all travelers to be well prepared and to check theirs vehicles before leaving. These safety checks include checking your tyres, oil and coolant levels and most importantly making sure you have enough drinking water, fluids and provisions with you. Visit our website for more information on traveling in hot weather.
“We want everyone to arrive safely at their destination, so please plan ahead and check travel conditions before embarking on your journey.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/20616859.national-highways-gives-advice-drivers-week-due-heatwave-rail-strikes/?ref=rss National Highways is issuing advice to motorists this week amid heatwaves and rail strikes