Coping with a Heatwave

From dehydration to sunburn – we just can’t cope with this heat! Suzanne Keane shares her top five heatwave must do’s

If these last few days have proven anything its that we most certainly aren’t cut out for temperatures over 25 degrees in this country!

I was unfortunate enough to have to travel over 420 miles on Saturday (missing out on valuable sunbathing time) and certainly wasn’t ready for it…. The 5 tips below are what I learned along the way…..

1. Screenwash

99% of the time we get enough rain to clean windscreens. Screen wash is great for the odd emergency clean but its not until you’re out on the motorway, far away from services, with a bug covered windscreen that you will notice the washer bottle is empty! So check it before you set off….


 2. Bugs

Yes those nasty smear marks that will cover the front of the car after any trip…. And without screen-wash you will end up with insect guts spread all over the windscreen! These aren’t really something you can prevent but be prepared to have to clean them off….

3. Water

Bring plenty! Both you and the car will be grateful for it. The last thing you want is dehydration on a long trip so drink plenty of water – maybe consider packing some with an ice pack in the boot? But since you’re going to be so full of liquid plan a few extra pit stops along the way!


4. Cool down

If you are lucky enough to have air conditioning use it! Now is not a good time to be worrying about fuel consumption. If you’re like me and don’t – be prepared to bake!! Dress appropriately, open the windows fully when you’re passing through towns/villages (less than 35 mph or you will be blown out of the car), drink twice as much water (that will probably be warm and disgusting) and have time for a shower or at least a change of clothes ready for when you get to your destination!! If you happen to have leather seats and don’t have air conditioning don’t even attempt a trip…. Just stay at home until our climate returns to normality.


5. Sunglasses

Not only are they good for your eyes and save you from being blinded by sun but will hide those bleary and bloodshot eyes from too much sunbathing or late night beach parties!!


Suzanne Keane


15th July, 2013



Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @g60girl

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