These tips will keep you trucking safely through the summer

Summer Driving Tips

With higher temperatures and the amount of precipitation we’ve been seeing in some areas of the country come a new set of driving challenges. Before starting your route in the summer heat, you may want to think about completing the following checklist:

Summer Driving Checklist

  • Test Your Air Conditioner
  • Top Off All Fluids
  • Oil
  • Coolant
  • Transmission
  • Brake
  • Power Steering
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Make Sure Reefer Units Are Properly Running
  • Check Tire Pressure & Condition
  • Replace Windshield Wiper Blades (If Necessary)
  • Maintain Your APU

Summer Driving Tips

• “Drink more water to stay hydrated and watch out for pop-up thunderstorms.” – Mark Woodruff
• “Keep your A/C in good working order.” – Roy Duncan
• “Watch out for tourists.” – Kenneth Hepner
• “Less soda more water.” – Neil VanKersen
• “Ice chest, cold h2o and cold drinks, fruit..” – Yvette Lynn
• Take breaks to avoid heat exhaustion.
• Increase following distance and plan ahead for increased traffic.
• Invest in quality sunglasses to avoid straining your eyes and to protect your vision.
• Be aware of construction zones and tourist spots.
• Wear a hat with a wide brim.
• Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
• Use mosquito repellent.
• Avoid ticks on pets – especially after stopping near grassy and wooded areas.
• Decrease your speed during heavy precipitation or on wet roads to avoid hydroplaning.
• “Look out for moron bikers and moron car driver taking risks. Don’t let your guard down… summer accidents are more likely to injure or kill.” – Dave Berthiaume
• “Be patient, you might be workin’ but people are on vacation with their kids. So in other words, stay away from the vast majority of national parks and state campgrounds.” – Matt Whitelaw
• “I used to take along a couple packages of my daughters unscented baby wipes….cools ya off until you can get to a shower and came in handy if you had to clean up real quick to make a good impression for your customers….” – Erik Kozaneckiv
• “Double check your emergency kit. Extra fuses, airlines, splice fittings, heater hoses, and splice kits also. Couple gallons or water and oil. Don’t become stranded, drivers.” – James Sheller
• “Be aware that there are a lot more idiots out and about – and children – be extra cautious especially going through towns.” – John & Heather Pionk
• “Be more aware of your logs & equipment & that they’re up to par, as you will be more likely to go through a DOT check.” – Jamie Bundy