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I am a driving expert and motorists should remember these tips when driving in hot weather

DESPITE the bad weather we had last week, summer is almost here.

With summer being such an exciting and busy time for many, it is important that safety remains a priority.

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Some Things Can Make Hot Weather Driving EasierCredit: Getty

Seb Goldin, CEO of RED driving school shares his tips for driving in hot weather.

Make your car as cool as possible

Now is the time to check the performance of your air conditioning and get it “charged” before the summer.

A cooler car will reduce stress and distractions imposed on the driver.

Avoid the temptation to drive barefoot or wear flip flops.

While there is currently no explicit law prohibiting barefoot driving or any other form of footwear, Rule 97 of the Highway Traffic Act states that before embarking on a car journey, it is important that “clothing and footwear does not interfere with using the controls in the correct manner,” therefore appropriate footwear is recommended.

If you break this rule by wearing inappropriate footwear, you risk a £100 fine on the spot, as well as three penalty points on your licence.

Check your coolant

If you’re stuck in traffic or driving on a hot day, the engine will overheat quickly if there isn’t enough coolant in the radiator.

Smoke coming from the hood means the car is overheating.

Engines can overheat for many reasons, but normally it’s because something is wrong with the cooling system and the heat can’t escape from the engine bay.

Whatever the source of the problem, you should not ignore it, otherwise you risk causing serious or even permanent damage.

If your engine overheats, find a safe place to park because you should not continue driving.

Otherwise, you will need to take your car to a mechanic to fix the problem as soon as possible.

If your engine overheats, it could cost you thousands of dollars to replace.

Fill up your windshield washer

Good weather brings out insects that can smear car windshields.

A good quality windshield fluid will quickly get rid of dead flies and insects and make cleaning your car easier.

Animals and children

The most important rule of all, don’t leave pets or children in the car unattended.

The temperature inside a parked car can rise three degrees in just ten minutes – and more than 10 degrees in 30 minutes.

Even with the windows open, temperatures inside the car can still rise rapidly.

Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School

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Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving School