good habits to acquire in the car

With the intense heat that will affect France in the middle of the July 14 bridge and great departures on holiday, here are some tips to take care of your car … and your passengers.

Record temperatures are expected in France over the next few days and it will not spare many motorists on the road to vacation. As of this Wednesday, July 13, Bison Futé is indeed expecting heavy traffic throughout the country.

Under these conditions, the duo of heat and traffic jams can put some motorists’ nerves to the test. Here are some tips to meet the heat dome with peace of mind.

Prepare your vehicle well

More than ever before, it is highly recommended to take a quick tour of your vehicle before you leave, especially if you have not had the opportunity to have it serviced in a garage recently.

Check as a minimum engine oil level and of coolant (always cold engine) as well as wear and tire pressure.

This tire check is crucial. Underinflation increases the risk of explosion, especially on the highway with the friction, which generates extra heat.

The recommended pressure for your vehicle’s tires is indicated on the edge of the door, in the glove compartment or in your vehicle’s maintenance booklet. It is also advisable to drive fairly inflated, between + 0.2 or 0.3 bar.

Also, do not forget to check the pressure on the spare wheel if you have one, or the presence of an anti-puncture set on board.

Organize your departure, no stress of arrival

Prepare your itinerary, if possible, respect Bison Futé’s departure times to avoid the busiest areas. It will also soothe you to a good night’s sleep before the big departure.

Do not hesitate to plan fresh water bottles, which will also benefit from the air conditioning on board so as not to overheat, or even a cooler bag or a cooler. A mist can also be a pleasant ally to regularly refresh your face.

To supply oneself with sunshades for the side windows can be well appreciated by the rear seat passengers while driving, as well as a large sunshade for the windshield to stop.

Do not set an arrival time at your destination as it may cause unnecessary stress and increase the risk of accidents. It is also necessary to have a good night before the big departure, not always easily during a heat wave.

Make good use of your air conditioner

With such a warmth we can only wish you have The air conditioner on board. Admittedly, it leads to unwanted overconsumption in times of high fuel prices, but it is (almost) a matter of survival!

However, if the temperature in the vehicle is already high, avoid setting the air conditioner directly to a minimum when leaving. While this can be quite tempting, it strains the ventilation system and leads to high consumption.

Better in the beginning ventilate the vehicles slightly, all doors and the boot open before (re) departure, and drive a little with the windows open to cool the cabin for the first few kilometers. When the temperature has dropped, or when you arrive on the highways, you can then close the windows and turn on the air conditioning.

But the idea is not to turn your car into a fridge, or hey dieden for a good part of the holiday! It is generally recommended not to have a difference greater than 5 to 7 ° C with the outdoor temperature. It is also better to avoid directing the airflow towards your face and that of the passengers. By pointing it at the ceiling, the cold diffuses better and everyone can enjoy it.

If it is advice that applies in all kinds of weather, the driver must more than ever stay in shape. The rule: a break after a maximum driving time of two hours. And if fatigue is felt before, stop! In short, if another passenger can take over at the wheel, or longer if necessary. The option to stretch your legs a bit or take a nap if you find a place in the shade.

For the little ones, beware of heat stroke

“To avoid a child’s heat stroke in the car, it is advisable to dress your child loose, cotton, light clothing. If possible, wear a T-shirt instead of a bodysuit, which will absorb sweat while allowing air to circulate. Another reflex to limit heat stroke in children in the car: it is also recommended to install a terry cotton cover on the car seat“, Recommends the Ministry of the Interior.

It is also recommended, throughout the journey, that get your child to drink regularly and, if the vehicle is not air conditioned, cool it using fans and mists.

At the stop, everyone gets off

Even for a short break, do not leave anyone in the vehicle. A piece of advice that may seem obvious, but every year there are tragedies with children forgotten in a vehicle.

If you see a child alone in a car: Call the emergency services immediately (firefighters at 18 (or 112, European emergency number), Samu at 15 or if you are deaf or hard of hearing, via text message at 114), get the child out of the vehicle faster (if necessary by smashing a window) and refresh and hydrate it as quickly as possible. So do not hesitate to transport her to a cool place, undress her as much as possible, lay her down, lay wet and cold towels all over her body, insist on her face and ventilate it (beware, no ice cold water , It can be dangerous).

“If the victim is conscious and does not vomit, make him drink cold water (but not ice cold). If the victim is unconscious, place him in a sideways position (on the side) while waiting for rescue.” Advice can be found on this page of the Ministry of the Interior.

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