The Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning for much of England and parts of Wales this week to warn of high temperatures. Motorists have been told to expect “exceptionally high temperatures,” with the Southeast likely to see more than 35 degrees.
With the heat of summer, drivers are urged to stay safe if they need to travel during the heat wave.
Before leaving, drivers are warned not to turn on the air conditioning as soon as they get into the car.
This will simply recirculate the hot air while the air conditioner tries to cool it down.
The air conditioning will work much better when you are driving and the engine is working harder.
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By setting the temperature lower and adjusting the fan, this will ensure that the air conditioner works more efficiently and will dry out the air less.
If possible, motorists should turn off recirculation mode while bringing in fresh cold air, as this mode moves existing warm air around the car.
Another tip for drivers in the heat wave is to point the jets straight up.
With a car full of passengers, this will ensure that everyone is nice and calm, and not just the driver and front passenger.
Mr Wilmot added: “If your air conditioning isn’t keeping the car cool then it could be low on refrigerant or some other underlying issue. It’s best to take it to a garage to have it checked out.
“The last thing you want is no air conditioning when you have a long trip ahead of you this summer.
“If your A/C has a climate control feature, just push the button and let it do what it’s designed to do, which is regulate the fans and temperature settings to make sure your car is at the optimum temperature.”
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