Check your tyres before “Searing Saturday”

Check you tyres before you travel this weekend, breakdown experts warn.

Temperatures are expected to reach 35C in some parts of the UK this Saturday, but tyre blowouts and seized cooling systems could put a sweaty stop to your weekend plans.

Tyre blowouts and hot engines

The AA are expecting a rise in breakdowns caused by blown out tyres over the weekend, and are urging drivers to check their tyre pressure before setting off. Your tyres are especially at risk if they are overinflated or damaged.

Car cooling systems are another concern, with overheated engines being a common cause of breakdowns in hot weather.

Radiator cooling fans are more likely to seize in older cars, causing them to stop working and potentially leading to expensive engine damage.

If you’re planning a long drive this weekend, it’s a good idea to get your car’s cooling system checked by a mechanic. It’s also advised to set off at the coolest part of the day to reduce the risk of engines overheating and tyres blowing on hot roads.

Driving in extreme heat

It’s set to be a busy travel weekend with millions of people planning long trips to the seaside, football matches, music festivals and holidays.

Driving in extreme heat can be uncomfortable at the best of times, but if you get stuck waiting for breakdown services, things could start to get dangerous.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Drivers should carry plenty of water, melt-proof snacks, a hat or an umbrella for shade, sun block and a fully charged mobile phone in case of an unexpected breakdown.

“Being stuck at the side of a road in these extreme temperatures without shade or protection could be very dangerous.”

Heading to the beach this weekend? Use our handy guide to driving in hot weather to help you stay safe on the roads.

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