Drivers urged to use specific air con setting to save fuel and avoid £5,000 fine

Using the air conditioning system in the summer is vital. This is because failing to have a vehicle adequately ventilated in hot weather could see drivers break rule 237 of the Highway Code. The rule states that motorists must keep their cars “well ventilated”.

The rule came into force to make sure that drivers avoid drowsiness when they’re in control of a car.

If motorists fail to adhere to the guidance and subsequently lose control of their vehicle they risk a fine of up to £5,000 in the most serious cases.

As a result of this, motorists are urged to keep their vehicles “well ventilated” as the temperatures soar.

This is advised to ensure that drivers avoid becoming drowsy and potentially losing concentration when at the wheel.

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“It could increase your fuel usage by as much as 10 percent, and the effects are particularly noticeable on short journeys.

“When you initially set off, the air con has to work hard to bring the internal temperature down to a comfortable level.”

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