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Do your driving guidelines prescribe hot drinks and warn you of the dangers of dairy products?

Excerpts from the UK Highway Code:

From #91 Driving when tired
"the most effective ways to counter sleepiness are to drink, for example, two cups of caffeinated coffee and to take a short nap (at least 15 minutes)"

From #206 Drive slowly and carefully when
"passing parked vehicles, especially ice cream vans; children are more interested in ice cream than traffic and may run into the road unexpectedly".

From #224 Electric vehicles
"Be careful of electric vehicles such as milk floats and trams."

From #228 Driving in icy and adverse weather
"Take an emergency kit of de-icer and ice scraper, torch, warm clothing and boots, first aid kit, jump leads and a shovel, together with a warm drink* and emergency food in case you get stuck or your vehicle breaks down."

* Evidence that these guidelines are only intended for trips of limited duration....



Sep. 13th, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
I don't know about hot drinks only being for short duration trips; a Thermos flask full of tea has always been an essential part of my mum's in-the-car kit when she is going to be driving for more than an hour, i.e. any time she needs to drive to a town. And tea will remain at least warm in a Thermos for a good few hours.

Her habit of making me up a flask of hot drink for long car journeys also helped one memorable, snowy day when driving from hers down to Glasgow - the windshield de-icer didn't work, we were on the A9 miles from anywhere and my friend had to pull over and use the coffee in the Thermos to clean the slush, salt, grit and general wintry sludge off the windshield. Water would have done the job too, but we were both glad to have a container of hot liquid to hand!
Sep. 13th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
Very glad you had warm coffee to help!

When I think of a winter car travel kit, I think of the things I might need if I get stuck in a heavy snow drift for 24 hours+. I've never owned a thermos that would keep anything warm for more than several hours.