The weather is getting warmer and the days lasting longer – for many of us it's the perfect time to dust off the driving gloves and hit those favourite stretches of twisty B-road. For others, however, summertime driving can be a miserable experience.
In fact, a poll of UK motorists compiled by Auto Trader has revealed that although 50 per cent of drivers say they prefer to drive on warm summer days, spending time in a hot cabin can be far from a pleasant experience.
When the temperature rises there's nothing us Brits love more than splashing the sun cream on and heading for the beach. However, it is here that the biggest issue with summer driving will be found: Being stuck in greater amounts of weekend traffic was cited by 51 per cent of those polled as the biggest headache of driving in the summer.
Even when the traffic eases off and you have the whole 245,000 miles of British road network at your disposal, 49 per cent are still put off due to blinding, low-level sunlight causing potentially dangerous temporary visual impairment.
Another hassle of driving in the heat is the sauna-like feeling of getting into a car that's been parked in the sun. Nearly half of all drivers find it to be a problem, with 36 per cent still unable to get comfortable some time after setting off.
Another bugbear is, well, bugs themselves. There's nothing worse than cleaning your car ready for the long weekend trip in the sun, only to find out that your car has been used as a one-and-a-half tonne fly swat for the past two hours. This riled up 16 per cent of respondents, while a similar number found insects getting into the cabin itself to be their biggest worry while in the car over the summer.
So, if the idea of boiling alive in your own car, or being stuck behind Len and Margery in their two-berth is enough to drive you crazy, you may be better off staying at home...
Author: Jordan Hilton