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18Jul

Hitting the road in the extreme heat? Pay attention to this! 

Hitting the road in the extreme heat? Pay attention to this! 

The National Heat Plan goes into effect starting today. ALD Automotive is pleased to inform you about measures you can take to stay safe during these days of excessive heat. In a addition to plenty of summer enjoyment, the high temperatures can also cause discomfort. 

This is especially the case when you have to be out on the road, as such high outdoor temperatures may cause the temperature of the asphalt to reach as high as 50 degrees (or more). Of course, the best thing to do on these hot summer days is to take it easy in a cool indoor room or in the shade while outdoors. But unfortunately that is not possible for everyone. If you are going to be on the road during these hot days, it is a good idea to take the following precautions.

Take extra water with you

Be sure to check the traffic information before you leave. If your car breaks down or you get stuck in a traffic jam, the temperature in the car can rise quickly. It is advisable to drink plenty of water and bring extra water with you. Of course, it doesn't hurt to bring some extra food as well. 

Make sure you have a sun shade

If you have children or a pet with you, you'll want to keep them out of the sun. You can easily do this by covering one of the side windows. For example, by clamping a towel between the window and window frame. Also be sure to have an umbrella in the car. In case of a breakdown, it can help you when you have to wait in the scorching sun.

Furthermore, if work or other activities permit, try to get out as early as possible - whether you are driving to the office or to the beach. And make sure not to have the air conditioning on too low along the way, otherwise you'll get the so-called "slap in the face" of hot air when you get out.  

Finally

Rijkswaterstaat and emergency services will be on high alert during these days. So should your car break down and leave you stranded somewhere, help will be there as soon as possible. This will help minimise any subsequent discomfort. Of course, our Driver Care Team is also at your disposal!