Drive carefully during heat, says road safety expert

Glare isn't the only problem drivers can encounter during sunny weather. Drivers have to be extra careful, as road surface temperatures can reach +50 degrees, making driving a lot less safe, according to a story on Latvian Television aired Friday. 

Professionals say that heated asphalt is more dangerous than slippery roads in winter, as drivers aren't ready that the tires will start slipping.

You can tell that the asphalt will be slippery due to heat if it is shiny and wet or if the road has melted in intersections and by the edge of the pavement. Drivers should be careful and should be prepared that sideslips are more dangerous in the summer as the time allowed for reaction is smaller.

Like in winter, extreme situations can be dealt with simply by following road safety rules. Indulis Rukuts, a safe driving expert, told Latvian Television that drivers have to start by holding the wheel correctly, as it allows reacting to changing situations on the road faster.

The second important thing that drivers forget is using the brakes. Drivers should know that extreme situations on the road are different and often they'll have to turn the wheel while slamming the brakes simultaneously. But the most important thing is to drive carefully and abide to the road traffic rules.

Lielā karstuma dēļ jāuzmanās ne tikai no stiprajiem saules stariem. Īpaši piesardzīgiem šajās dienās jābūt autovadītājiem, jo ceļa seguma temperatūra var sasniegt pat +50 grādus, braukšanu padarot īpaši bīstamu.

Below is a video, in Latvian, in which you can see how to correctly hold the wheel while making turns (around the 2:50 mark) and how to hold the wheel so you can control it faster (3:10 mark).

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