Tricks and tips from the DGT to drive during this heat wave
This week is going to be tough. And not because the Spanish summer is one of the harshest on the continent, but because we are in the middle of a heat wave and thermometers are going to exceed 40 degrees in many parts of the country. This is how we should drive according to the DGT.
Despite the fact that we believe we are experienced drivers, even the most professional can give in to fatigue, heat, hunger, cold… when we get behind the wheel of our car many things can happen. And the first thing is to have the car in good condition.
Taking a machine to more than 100 km/h requires all our senses, otherwise we can crash, taking people with us along the way. This unpleasant situation can be avoided, but it requires our total commitment. Especially in heat waves like the current one.
lucky for us, The DGT has just published some very useful advice for all those who have to take the car this weeknot only to go shopping or go to work, but also for those who have long trips ahead of them, the most dangerous in these conditions:
- Air up the vehicle: Before you start driving, roll down the car windows to air out the cabin and even out the inside and outside temperatures.
- Air-conditioning: if you turn on the air conditioning, roll down the windows for the first few seconds to expel the hot air outside.
- Temperature: keep the temperature of the air conditioner between 22º and 24º to avoid cooling due to sudden changes in temperature with the outside. And avoid directing the nozzles towards the face and chest.
- Avoid the hottest hours: Schedule your outings avoiding the hottest hours.
- Comfortable clothes: Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and shoes that adequately support your foot.
- Hydrate: Bring cool non-alcoholic beverages. Drink frequently, without waiting to be thirsty. The best, water or fruit juices. Do not consume absolutely any alcohol if you are going to drive: it reduces reflexes.
- To eat: It is convenient to eat a light diet, rich in proteins and vitamins, avoiding fatty foods.
- Rest: for every 200 km or 2 hours to hydrate, air out the vehicle and relax.
- Fatigue: If at any time you detect symptoms of fatigue or drowsiness, stop immediately to rest or sleep.
- Shade: At stops, try to stop in shaded areas. If you stop in the sun, do not leave elderly people, children or animals inside the vehicle.
With all this, in the DGT they assure us that our chances of having a safe and incident-free trip increase dramatically. Not fulfilling all these points, unfortunately, could be fatal.
Remember that when we pass the barrier of 40º degrees, the human body becomes an unreliable machine, so it is time to hydrate very well and avoid heat strokes in any way. Caution and care out there.