National Highways is advising motorists and their passengers to be well prepared for any journeys being planned this weekend and early next week, due to the extreme heat.

The Met Office has issued extreme heat warnings for most of England from Sunday to Tuesday (July 17-19).

National Highways is keen for everyone travelling on its roads during the heatwave to take extra precautions to keep safe and well.

Among its tips for driving in the summer, National Highways says during particularly hot weather, make sure your engine stays within the normal operating temperature range. However, if it begins to overheat, find somewhere safe to stop and allow it to cool down.

Redhill And Reigate Life: Engines overhearing could be a problem with temperatures set to reach the mid-30s (PA)Engines overhearing could be a problem with temperatures set to reach the mid-30s (PA)

Other bits of advice for motorists include:

  • Take a bottle of water before setting out to ensure you stay hydrated
  • Plan and leave plenty of time for journeys
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination
  • Check your vehicle before you leave
  • Check travel conditions before setting out and, where it is safe to do so, during journeys

Mel Clarke, Customer Service Director for Operations at National Highways, said: “It is crucial for everyone to plan their journey in advance, so they are better prepared for the hot weather.

“Simple steps such as taking bottles of drinking water with you are really important to help keep you and your passengers hydrated, as well as checking your vehicle before you travel, including tyres, oil and coolant levels.”