INFINITI in the Middle East and RoadSafetyUAE builds on their two year partnership, advising drivers on the adverse effects the extreme summer temperatures can have on their vehicles. In order to counteract these harsh conditions, the two organisations have created a set of simple guidelines that will ensure that both the passengers and their vehicles will endure the hot summer season with a lesser chance of incident.

Craig D’Silva, PR and Corporate Communications Manager INFINITI Middle East, said: “The hot summer months from July – September present a unique set of challenges that we as drivers need to be prepared for. At INFINITI we believe in not just selling and servicing cars, but also ensuring we can advise all road users with some simple tips to ensure that their journey has a lesser chance of a potentially harmful situation. We believe that our continued partnership with RoadSafetyUAE will enable us to be better deliver this message to the public, not just here in the UAE – but also the wider Middle East region.”

Thomas Edelmann, Founder and Managing Director, RoadSafetyUAE added: “RoadSafetyUAE was started with the aim of reducing the number of road traffic fatalities, road traffic injuries and road traffic accidents in the UAE and the Middle East. Our continued partnership with INFINITI currently in its second year ensures that this initiative is a simple, yet powerful initiative to help make road users aware of the potential problems they can encounter during the extreme summer conditions in the region.”

Tire Safety

High temperatures can become a serious problem for tires, especially if they are not properly maintained. Incorrect inflation pressures, poor wheel balance and alignment also contribute to a reduction in tire life and safety. A simple checklist will improve your chances of being safe during summer travel:

1. Use only reputable branded and certified tires. Avoid fitting tires which may be substandard and therefore potentially unsafe.
2. Use the correct tire type and dimension for your vehicle. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual or ask for expert advice if not sure.
3. Check the tire pressures at least once per month using a reliable or calibrated gauge. The recommended pressures are quoted in the vehicle owner’s manual or on a sticker usually attached to a door frame or fuel cover. Make sure that the pressures are checked when the tires are “cold”, i.e. driven less than 3 km before the check.
4. Inflating tires with Nitrogen instead of air can help to maintain pressure stability for longer periods.
5. Respect the load and speed capabilities of the tires fitted to the vehicle by not exceeding them
6. Avoid driving over or near hazardous objects that could damage the tires and make them unsafe or unfit for service, for example, rocks, glass, potholes, curbs etc

Vehicle Fires

The increased temperatures in the region increase the propensity for vehicle fires. According to RoadSafetyUAE, research indicates that that 75 per cent of vehicle fires are caused by bad maintenance, mechanical or electrical failures or malfunctions. Collisions or overturns caused only three per cent of these fires but 57 per cent of the associated deaths. One-third of non-fatal vehicle fire injuries occurred when civilians attempted to fight the fire themselves. A few simple tips below can avoid a potentially hazardous situation:

1. Vehicle maintenance and inspection is crucial to prevent vehicle fires.
2. Watch for fluid leaks under vehicles, cracked or blistered hoses, or wiring that is loose, has exposed metal or has cracked insulation
3. Avoid throwing cigarette butts anywhere.
4. When driving – Be alert to changes in the way your vehicle sounds when running, or to a visible plume of exhaust coming from the tailpipe. A louder than usual exhaust tone, smoke coming from the tailpipe or a backfiring exhaust could mean problems or damage to the high-temperature exhaust and emission control system on the vehicle.

Vehicle Maintenance

With the harsh summer climate of the region, proper maintenance of your vehicle is of paramount importance especially where the dusty/sandy conditions and high temperatures take a toll on your vehicle. Checks should happen regularly to avoid break downs or accidents. The tips below will be useful to making sure that your vehicle is in the best of health:

1. Have your vehicle checked by the experts. INFINITI owners can contact their local dealer to ensure that their vehicle is in good running condition.
2. Use only original spare parts. Original spare parts are manufactured to the highest of quality and specifications to withstand the pressures of the internal engine environment. The use of cheaper sub-standard parts can be detrimental to the vehicle as well as its passengers.
3. Ensure a qualified expert periodically checks your brake pads, brake discs and braking fluids.
4. Ensure that the gas levels in the Air Conditioning compressor as well as the filters are cleaned regularly – especially in summer.
5. Ensure that other important fluids are at the appropriate levels. This includes; Radiator coolant fluid, battery coolant, transmission and engine oil.

Seat Belts

In a vehicle, the seat belt is the first line of defence for all inhabitants in a vehicle. Wearing your seat belt should become a regular practice not just in the summer months, but at all times when using a vehicle. The chance of serious injury or a fatality becomes significantly higher when you do not buckle up.

Emergency Situations

In the worst case scenario of an emergency situation – the most important thing is to try and remain calm. INFINITI owners across the region have the option to avail of a road side assistance service can be especially useful in an emergency. In addition to the above, some simple tips can be useful in a potentially hazardous situation:

1. Put your hazard lights on
2. Check the surrounding area and cautiously pull over to the right hand side of the road. It is important to decelerate in a gradual manner as abrupt breaking can also cause an accident
3. Put the car in park and engage the handbrake
4. Call the local emergency services/roadside assistance as the situation demands
5. It is always advised to get out of your car and maintain a safe distance while you wait for help to arrive