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Sweltering conditions lead RAC to issue driver warning as temperatures hit 34 degrees – Express


With the UK in the midst of the hottest day of the year, drivers are being urged to take precautions and make checks before heading onto the nation’s roads. The high temperatures have led motoring organisations to take the unusual step of issuing warnings to drivers.

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With the temperature ramping up very rapidly this week, we’re expecting a short, sharp spike in breakdowns, especially in central and southern parts of the UK.

“It’s important drivers don’t get caught out, so we’re advising they check their car’s oil and coolant levels as soon as they possibly can, particularly if they have a long trip planned in the hottest part of the day.

“Drivers should also stay hydrated, which has been shown to have a positive effect on their concentration levels.

“Passengers should also be kept as cool and comfortable as possible, so carry plenty of water and plan in sufficient breaks to avoid an already hot car becoming even more heated.”

READ MORE: Drivers could be fined £1,000 for not drinking enough water

Clutch
Your clutch can take a real beating in the summer. Busier roads means they will be used more in slow-moving traffic, while driving on unfamiliar roads in remote locations also takes its toll.

Towing is also a big cause of clutch failure. If you have a caravan and it is incorrectly loaded, this will accentuate any issues, and soon reveal any pre existing clutch issues.

Mix together a worn clutch with a heavy caravan and a hilly holiday location, and you’ve got a recipe for clutch failure.

Clutches don’t normally just fail, there usually are signs of wear beforehand, such as a heavy or gritty pedal, a high clutch bite or, simply, signs that your clutch is slipping when you accelerate hard in a high gear at low speed.

Alternator
Alternator issues are related to battery-related problems; this time, it’s excessive demand on the alternator that can cause issues to arise.

The drag from connecting more power-hungry devices, combined with hotter weather, will quickly highlight any weaknesses.

A sign the alternator may be failing is the car’s red battery warning light flickering or fully illuminating on the dashboard. It’s red for a reason: pull over and stop the car as soon as it is safe to do so.

Alternator replacements are not cheap and fitting a new alternator is not the work of a moment. Often, you’ll need a new drive belt on top, adding further expense.





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