Summer is just around, which means warmer weather and higher temperatures. A heatwave each summer is something we are quite used to. And we can be fairly sure it will happen again this year. We know that most people like warmer weather, but working in extreme heat can be both unpleasant, and even dangerous!
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Hot weather, high temperatures and heatwaves can also cause serious damage to your van. Overheating, increased wear and tear, and safety concerns are all challenges that van owners face during the hot months. This is especially true if you use your can a lot during your working day. Here are a few things and tips you should consider as a van owner during a heatwave and extreme heat.
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Maintain your cooling system
One of the most important maintenance tasks you can do for your van is to ensure that your cooling system and air conditioning is in good working order. This means to regularly check and topping off coolant levels, having your radiator flushed, and making any necessary repairs to your cooling system. During a heatwave, your engine can easily overheat, which can lead to serious problems with your van. Having your windows open could also be a great source of cold and fresh air during a warm summer day.
Add making sure your cooling system is in good condition to your "van check list". As well as checking oil levels, brake lights, tyre pressure and engine bay for example.
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Protect your van from the sun
Parking your van in direct sunlight for extended periods during a heatwave can cause serious damage to your vehicle (and make the inside of the can extremely hot). The sun's UV rays can cause paint fading, cracking, and warping of your dashboard. Consider installing a dash cover and parking your van under a carport, tree, in a garage or other shade source and safe place. Investing in a reflective windshield cover can also help to keep the interior of your van cool.
Stock up on supplies
As a van owner, you need to be prepared for emergencies while you're on the road. During a heatwave, it's essential to have supplies on hand that will help you stay cool and hydrated. Stock up on and carry plenty of water, sports drinks, and nonperishable snacks in your van. Consider installing a small portable air conditioner or fan to keep the interior of your van cool during long drives.
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Plan around the heat
Plan your route around the hottest parts of the day, take frequent breaks in shaded areas, and seek out air-conditioned locations whenever possible. By taking these steps, you can ensure that both you and your van remains safe and comfortable during a heatwave.
If your driving long journeys, remember to take regular breaks!
As a van owner, it's essential to take steps to protect your vehicle during a heatwave. By regularly maintaining your cooling system, protecting your van from the sun, and stocking up on supplies, you can be well-prepared for any situation. Additionally, planning your route around the heat can help to ensure that your van remains in good condition and that you travel safely and comfortably during hot weather. Stay cool, stay safe, and enjoy your van all year round!