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Friday, August 7, 2020

How to combat the effects of heat in the car

Summer is synonymous with good weather, beach, rest and vacations. During this time the car can become the best companion to carry out the trips, but its ability to become a sauna due to the torrid temperatures outside can ruin the trip.
If precautions are not taken, heat can have negative effects on driving , causing drowsiness, fatigue and dizziness . They can also cause aggressiveness, tension and nervousness. In this situation, the air conditioning becomes the driver's best ally, but it should be used properly to avoid possible colds and contain the vehicle's fuel consumption.
In order to minimize the adverse effects of heat during trips that take place during the summer, the General Directorate of Traffic ( DGT ) has made a series of tips that we list below.
1. Air the vehicle: The higher the interior temperature, the more it will cost to lower it. Before connecting the air conditioning, it is advisable to air the passenger compartment manually . To do this, you can roll down the windows and open and close the driver's door multiple times.
2. Air conditioning: If you turn on the air conditioning directly, it is important that during the first seconds you lower the windows so that the hot air is expelled outside.
3. Temperature: The air conditioner should mark between 22ยบ and 24 ° to avoid colds with the sudden change in temperature when going outside. It is also not recommended that you direct the air vents directly towards the face and chest. The best thing is that the central ones expel the air upwards so that it circulates and cools the whole cabin and the sides towards the windows.
4. Avoid the hottest hours: Good planning of outings by car is key to avoid suffering from the heat. The best is to make the trips at times of the day when temperatures give a certain respite. It is advisable to avoid the central hours of the day.
5. Clothing: Use comfortable and loose clothing and shoes that support the foot well.
6. Hydrate yourself: The important thing is to be well hydrated, so you should drink frequently; not waiting for you only when you are thirsty. Of course, it is not worth anything. The DGT recommends water or fruit juices ; never beverages that contain alcohol.
7. Food: To avoid feeling fatigued, it is best to eat light foodsrich in protein and vitamins, avoiding fatty foods.
8. Rest: Driving requires attention and concentration, so if you are tired you will not be able to do it properly. It is very important that you sleep well before making long trips and that you stop every 200 km or 2 hours to hydrate yourself, air the vehicle and relax.
9. Fatigue: At the first symptoms of fatigue or drowsiness, stop along the way to rest or sleep.
10. Shade: It is recommended that when you make a stop with the car you do it in shady areas, in this way you will not suffer the consequences of the heat when you take the car again. In any case, if you have to leave it in the sun in no case do it with the elderly, children or animals inside.
11. Mechanical problems: High temperatures can cause various failures and mechanical problems in the vehicle, so it is important to pay attention to the elements that suffer the most at this time of year. Pay special attention to the temperature ofthe vehicle's engine so that it does not overheat.



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