With the high temperatures typical of summer, the use of air conditioning is very common among drivers at this time of year. The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) itself recommends starting the air conditioning in the car, since driving with a temperature above 35 degrees will stop seeing between 10% and 20% of traffic signs. For its part, the RACE recommends maintaining a temperature of between 21 and 23 degrees inside the vehicle to guarantee the well-being of the driver, as well as all passengers.
The importance of turning off the air conditioning before
However, it is essential to remember to turn off the air conditioning before stopping the car because not doing so can have very negative consequences.
It should be noted that the air conditioning compressor is an element that requires a large amount of energy. For this reason, connecting it as soon as you start the car and not pressing the “off” button before stopping the car causes the battery to suffer excessively, significantly shortening its useful life.
To this we must add the accumulation of humidity that can occur in the ventilation ducts and that can cause a breakdown that is very expensive to repair. The condensation produced by the operation of the compressor can accumulate in the tubes and cause them to deteriorate over time.
Therefore, it is best to turn off the air conditioning a few minutes before arriving at the destination, so that the battery recovers properly and the humidity dissipates.
How Heat Affects Driving
“Excessive heat takes its toll on the driver: fatigue increases and reflexes decrease, so it takes longer to react and more mistakes are made. According to some studies, with high temperatures, the risk of an accident increases by up to 20%, “warns the DGT.
The agency launches four recommendations for safe driving during the summer months. The first and most important thing is to properly prepare the vehicle before hitting the road, especially if it is a long trip. Pay attention to the condition of the tires and fluid levels.
It is advisable to plan the trip in advance so as not to drive in the central hours of the day, since they are the hottest. Stopping every two hours is essential to rest and stretch.
And finally, it is essential to use good sunglasses to avoid annoying reflections and glare.
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