Peak summers are already here with temperature in Delhi touching 46 degrees in the month of May and there’s no hope of respite in the coming days too. Be it your office, home, car or public transportation like Metro or Bus - there's AC everywhere. However, just the thought of leaving the comfort of these areas where you spend most of your time sends a chill down the spine. But that doesn't mean the traveling bug inside you has to take a back seat, or does it?
People in Delhi-NCR face this situation every summer, when the weather plays a havoc on their traveling plans and like you, your car also suffers in extremely hot weather. While it's obvious to visit hill stations and not hot places for a relaxed weekend road-trip, we bring you a couple of tips and tricks to follow for a hassle-free motoring this summer. Here’s what to keep mind for a hassle-free and enjoyable trip weekend road-trip this summer-
Plan in Advance
A last minute plans, although, feels good when they are successful, there’s a high probability that you will face a lot of troubles if going on a journey without advanced planning. It’s always advised, and a wise one will always plan in advance to maximize the output. Advance planning can include things like route decision, timing for travel, first aid kit, water bottles, ready to eat snacks and vehicle documentation like registration paper, PUC (Pollution Under Control) and more.
It goes without saying how important is vehicle maintenance, especially when you are planning a long distance road-trip. Keeping vehicle ready all the time ensures that one doesn’t get stranded during odd-hours on the unknown road and a pre-emptive maintenance goes a long way ensuring yours and your family’s safety. Get the AC gas, fluid levels and coolant checked. Also, maintain the tyre pressure and don’t over-inflate.
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Stop Sunlight Inside the Car
More than the outside temperature, it’s the inside of a car that feels like an oven when left unattended for hours in the summers. Also, during driving, direct sunlight takes a toll on the AC functioning and if your car is full of people, AC might not act that well. The best is to buy window shades to stop direct sunlight. Also, companies like 3M offer window films that can reduce heat due to sunlight inside the car drastically, without hampering visibility. Also, try to cover your car when leaving it unattended for hours, especially in the day.
Avoid Rush-Hour Traffic
People living in Delhi-NCR are aware of the mess peak office hours create for daily commuters traveling from office to home or vice versa. The same concept applies to holidays or long weekends, that see a lot of people rushing towards hills for some respite from the heat. However, that can be a tricky situation for people going for trip and who wants a trip to start on a bad note. Early morning is the best time to leave a city and late night or the peak hours is the worst time.
Avoid Sudden Temperature Change
Last on our list concerns your personal health and as they say, health is wealth. Who would want to go on a trip with your beloved and fall sick. In summers, a sudden shift from extremely high temperature due to weather, or cold weather due to AC usage can cause you to fall sick. So, if you are leaving your car after driving for hours in AC, open the windows and switch off the AC before reaching destination. If you are getting in the car, roll down windows, and start the AC to throw toxic air out. Also, stack your clothes considering weather in mind.
Keep these points in mind and enjoy your road trip.