National Highways issues advice for motorists amid heatwave and rail strikes
National Highways has issued advice to motorists and their passengers for this week due to an expected heatwave and scheduled rail strikes.
The government-owned company has outlined some top tips to help people keep traffic moving and make their journeys easier – including ensuring they carry out basic vehicle checks and have plenty of drinking water on board.
Although not expected to reach the record-breaking temperatures of last month, the Met Office has said the mercury could reach 36C in some places such as the South East of England.
Met Office extreme heat warning
The Met Office has issued a warning of extreme heat for later this week and the weekend in many parts of England, saying people could experience adverse health effects including sunburn, heat exhaustion and other heat related illnesses.
It also warns travel delays are possible and says more people will visit coastal areas, lakes, rivers and beauty spots.
Drivers travelling this week and coming weekend are being advised to:
- Take bottles of water before setting out to ensure everyone travelling stays hydrated
- Plan and leave plenty of time for journeys
- Check the weather forecast for your destination
- Check your vehicle before you leave
- Carry essential summer supplies such as snacks that won’t melt or get ruined in the heat, hats and sunblock
- Check travel conditions before setting out and, where it is safe to do so, during journeys.
Paul Beecher, National Network Manager at National Highways, said: “It is always important to plan ahead for your journey. This advice is no different during periods of hot weather and during the summer holiday season.
“We urge everyone travelling to be well prepared and check their vehicles before setting out. These safety checks include checking your tyres, oil and coolant levels and importantly, ensuring you are carrying plenty of drinking water, fluids and provisions. You can visit our website to find out more information about travelling during hot weather.
“We want everyone to arrive at their destinations safely, so please plan ahead and check travel conditions before starting your journey.”