Travelling in summer

During summer you may be thinking about using our network to go on holiday, have a day out, or visit friends and family. You may be travelling on roads that you’re unfamiliar with. Whatever you’re looking to do, we want you to do it safely.

Travelling in summer

Summer weather can be unpredictable, and the roads are generally busier during the holiday season, making unforeseen delays more likely.

So it’s important to be prepared, particularly if you’re making a long journey.

Before you travel

  • Make sure your vehicle is fit for the journey – carry out our recommended vehicle checks.
  • Check the weather forecast for your route and destination
  • If hot weather is forecast, take plenty of drinking water with you – enough for you and your passengers
  • Allow plenty of time for your journey, including regular breaks
  • Check travel conditions before setting out and, where it's safe to do so, during the journey

During periods of extreme hot weather, adjust your travel to avoid the hottest days and times of day if you can.

How we help you

During extended periods of hot weather, we closely monitor our road surfaces and specific locations, as in exceptional conditions road surfaces may soften or expand.

Top tips for summer driving

Woman checking oil levels in her car

Cut out the glare

Always take some sunglasses with you, as bright sunshine can lower visibility and make driving difficult.

But avoid category four sunglasses – these have extremely dark lenses which let in very little light and are unsuitable for driving. All sunglasses should be labelled with a category number.

Check it before you tow it

If you’re planning to tow a caravan or trailer, make sure they’re also safe and roadworthy, particularly if they’ve not been used for some time.

Check whether you need towing mirrors on both driver and passenger sides to improve rear visibility.

Think about other road users

Summer is popular time for cyclists, motorcyclists, walkers and horse riders to get out and about, so please take particular care to give them space and time.

Slow down on sharp bends in case there’s a vulnerable road user round the corner.  

Keep an eye on the temperature

During particularly hot weather, make sure your engine stays within the normal operating temperature range. If it begins to overheat, find somewhere safe to stop and allow it cool down.