How to stay cool on the Road this summer
While there may be no icy roads or dangerous blizzards, the summer still poses several challenges for truck drivers. Fortunately, incorporating some summer safe driving trips will help you avoid accidents and discomfort when travelling in the heat.
1. Stay Safe from the Sun
As many truckers will tell you, driving with your left arm resting on the truck’s door for hours each day may result in an odd tan called “trucker’s arm.” Even if you enjoy getting a tan, wearing sunscreen is an effective way of lowering your risk of skin cancer. Apply sunscreen daily, using a generous amount on areas that receive the most sun exposure. Moisture-wicking long-sleeved shirts are another great way to add sun protection – and they also keep you feeling cool and comfortable in hot weather.
2. Use Eye Protection
If you spend time driving east or west, you may find sun glare to be an issue during summer. Sun glare reduces visibility, increasing the risk of crashes. A good pair of polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes from damage and help you see better when driving. This is especially important for drivers travelling in the early morning or late evening, when sun glare is most prominent.
3. Pack Cool Accessories
There are several accessories available that can help truckers beat the summer heat. These include portable mini fans, hand-held fans, or even skin wipes coated with a few drops of peppermint oil. Store the wipes in a cooler, where they’ll remain cold until it’s time to take a break.
4. Monitor Your Truck
In high heat, trucks can develop mechanical issues – including tire blowouts and overheating engines. Be vigilant about keeping your tires inflated, and check your brakes regularly to ensure they’re functioning properly. Climbing hills can also cause engines to overheat, so you may need to travel at slower speeds when heading across higher altitudes.
5. Don’t Forget to Hydrate
Even with the air conditioner on, dehydration can still occur on hot days. Keep a supply of water bottles in the truck at all times, and be sure to drink regularly even if you don’t feel thirsty. It’s also important to understand the signs of heat stroke – muscle cramps, dizziness, and headaches all indicate that you may need medical attention.
As summer heats up, keep accidents and health issues at bay with these useful tips. At Diamond Delivery, we’re committed to providing safe, on-time services – no matter what time of year.
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