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Dude, did you hear it was hot this weekend?

Summer has arrived

Yep, it was. It was hot. Even our northern-most reaches are seeing a bit of summer: it was 17° in Orkney today. The average for May is around 9°.


This is your Summer Public Service Announcement

This weekend was like a holiday. Glorious. But, as usual, we freaked out. We didn't know what to do with ourselves. Supermarket shelves were emptied as frenzied, be-shorted people rampaged about, trying to scrape together enough meat to put on their cobwebbed barbecues.

On the road, accelerator feet got heavy. It happens every year, every bank holiday - we see a rise in speeding and generally worse driving. Something about good weather makes us think we're in a Hollywood movie, where everyone has freakishly white teeth and drives fast without looking at the road.

There was a 10% increase in speeding over the weekend. Just because the sun was out!

It's still over a tonne of metal and glass

However sunny it is, driving is still a job that requires concentration and consideration. Don't lose your mind just because you got to wear your jelly shoes for the first time this year.

Get your car ready, keep to the speed limits and don't let your friends distract you.

Check what you need to do to get ready for summer driving.

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .