High temperatures make drivers vulnerable to heat stress or heatstroke which not only poses a risk to your physical well-being but also to your ability to drive safely…
As parts of South Africa battle with a heat wave, it is important for those who spend large portions of their day in the car, to be even more careful. High temperatures make drivers vulnerable to heat stress or heatstroke which not only poses a risk to your physical well-being but also to your ability to drive safely.
The managing director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says that like with any other bad weather condition, people should reduce their amount of driving during a heat wave as much as possible. “Life, however, does carry on despite the weather so avoiding the car completely is impossible. In these instances, take precautions to ensure you do not land up in hospital either from heatstroke or a car crash.”
Of particular concern is the tendency of drivers to leave pets and sometimes even children in hot cars with windows closed. “Temperatures in cars can reach deadly levels in less than an hour and this is without a heat wave. Within that time an adult can get third degree burns and a child can die. Even cars parked in the shade are dangerous, it just takes slightly longer. Even if you intend to leave your child or pet in the car only for few minutes, do not do it,” warns Herbert.