Summer Safety Truck Driving Tips
Summer is just around the corner and as temperatures start rising, it’s important for truck drivers to take care of themselves regardless of whether it’s a short or long haul. Planning appropriately can help make your experience on the road much safer and more comfortable. With predicted record highs throughout the United States this year, here are some trucking safety tips that every driver should keep in mind.
Hydration – On a busy day, it’s easy to forget something as simple as drinking water. It is especially as important during high temperatures because as your body heat rises, you sweat more and require a greater fluid intake to compensate. Staying quenched will help you stay alert and avoid dehydration. It is said that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already experiencing mild dehydration, causing symptoms like headache, fatigue, dizziness and more. Stay alert and healthy! Drink water.
Eye protection – It is a great idea to invest in some polarized sunglasses to cut down on the glare that reflects off the road and protect your eyes from fatigue during long hours. Roads can be especially dangerous in the early morning or late evening when the sun is sitting at the horizon and can be a huge safety concern if visibility is limited. Stay safe and wear proper eye protection so you don’t miss any obstacles on the road.
Sun protection – With the sun out in full force with longer days, it is important to consider sun protection. Drivers often disregard the implications of not shielding from the sun, but that simple precaution can prevent you from not only getting that dreaded trucker’s arm, but more severe conditions like skin cancer. It’s the little things that seem insignificant in the moment but make a big difference in the long run. It is recommended that you opt for an SPF 30 or higher.
Frequently check your rig – Regardless of weather condition, it is always in best practice to inspect your tries, breaks, oil, coolant, belts and hose. It is however especially important during extreme heat because that can cause faster erosion and stress on the vehicle. Stay safe and be vigilant of checking your rig.
Follow weather reports – Summertime doesn’t only bring extreme heat, but also things like severe thunderstorms and tornados. Keep an eye on weather conditions and plan accordingly so you are prepared for limited visibility and variable road conditions.