Drivers are urged to drink enough water before and during a car trip in the coming days. If they fail to do so and cause an accident, they risk a fine of up to 1,000 pounds. In the UK, as in many other countries in Europe, scorching temperatures are expected next week. For drivers, the heat can be dangerous, as dehydration can cause dizziness and impaired control over the steering wheel.
The Met Office, the British weather Institute, warns of extreme heat in England and Wales and previously announced code Red. On Monday and Tuesday, temperatures of 38 to 40 degrees Celsius are predicted. “The entire population, and therefore not only vulnerable, can experience harmful health conditions as a result of the heat, which can lead to serious illness or be life-threatening,” it said.
The National Health Service NHS also recommends that people drink enough. For example, the British should drink between six and eight glasses of water a day in the coming days, or 1.2 to 1.5 liters.
Research from the British University of Loughborough shows that even a slight form of dehydration can lead to numerous mistakes in traffic. “Drivers are used to checking the water level of the car before they leave, but how many of them check their own water level?Mike Thompson, director of Leasing Options. Every driver should therefore drink a glass of water before getting into the car, and also take water with them during the trip.
“Drinking more water will not only have a positive effect on the body, but will reduce the likelihood of dizziness and loss of concentration,” says Thompson.
The spokesman for car company RAC additionally warns drivers about the impact of the heat on the condition of the roads. “The heat can make the road surface a little softer. Weaker spots of asphalt are a clear sign. If temperatures really skyrocket, it may also be that sprinklers have to be deployed, as salt can improve the grip of vehicles on melting roads,” he knows.