Summertime is upon us; days are becoming longer, temperatures are rising and the asphalt is heating up. With this new season comes new challenges for truckers out on the road.
By following a few simple tips though, you can stay healthy and cool this year.
- Prepare for traffic
Be sure to plan ahead during your trips this summer. From June-August there is a significant increase in the amount of people out on the road. With school being out, summer holidays and family vacations adding to traffic, drivers should prepare ahead and be cautious when roads get busy.
2. Stay hydrated
This may seem like a simple tip but it might be the most important. Staying hydrated is no joke during these hot summer days. You are likely precipitating way more than normal, meaning you need to up your water intake. We recommend having a 1-2 liter bottle filled with water with you at all times on the truck.
If you want to track your water intake, download the app My Water Balance- Intake Drink.
3. Wear a hat with a wide brim
The summer sun can be brutal on your eyes and skin. It can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. One easy way you can protect your face is by wearing a wide brim hat or ball cap. Check out this CDLLife hat.
4. Double check your emergency kit is stocked
The chances of your truck breaking down increase in hot summertime conditions. Make sure you’re prepared for a scenario where you could be stuck on the side of the road in the heat. Note the condition of your tires, brakes, and vehicle engine fluid levels before and after each trip to best avoid breaking down.
5. Track the weather
Thunderstorms have a tendency of sneaking up on you in the summertime. Make sure you’re tracking the weather before each trip and practicing safe driving if you get caught in a bad storm. Also, plan ahead if you’ll be driving through an area with excessive heat. Know to pack extra water and wear sunscreen on those days.
6. Know when to take a break
Sometimes the best thing you can do for your health while driving is knowing when to stop and take a break. The summer heat can lead to dehydration and heat stroke, stay alert to signs that your body needs a break.
Symptoms to watch out for:
- Disorientation, agitation, or confusion.
- Sluggishness or fatigue.
- Hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty.
- A high body temperature.
- Loss of consciousness.