There is no denying – summer is here! While during the summer, many people spend more time outdoors. For truck drivers, it can be hard to enjoy the summer because you spend a lot of time in your truck. With the heat, it can cause brake wear which can cause your tire pressure to lower. The heat can also make a driver miserable and affect your focus and attention, increasing fatigue. So, it would be best if you found ways to get the job done in the heat while still being safe. Below are some tips and tricks to beat the summer heat while on the road.
Tips on Beating the Summer Heat
There are many tips and tricks to prepare yourself and your truck for the winter. But, you do not see many articles in the trucking industry on how to beat the heat. Below you will find some tips not only for yourself but for your rig as well.
While this may seem an obvious tip, it is very important and should be taken seriously. High temperatures make it easy to get dehydrated and not even know it. When your body becomes dehydrated, you get sluggish, tired, headaches, and vomiting can occur. But when hydrated, you are more alert when driving, reducing your risk of an accident. Drinking 3 liters (12 cups) of water daily and eating fresh food are advised. This will help fuel your body and keep you both physically and mentally aware to focus on safe driving.
When spending hours on the road, it is always good to take a break regardless of whether the weather is nice, hot, or cold. Taking breaks allows your body to recharge and rest from the long hours of sitting in one spot. Taking time to step out of the cab and walk around can help, and you can take short walks around your parking area or step inside for a bite to eat. Allowing yourself time to recharge and stretch can help minimize driver fatigue.
It is important to ensure that your tires are inflated properly, especially during high temperatures. This is because during higher temperatures, the chance of a blowout increases. Tire pressure should be checked often because, with the heat, your pressure can change quickly.
Fluids should always be checked – but especially in the heat. Antifreeze levels should be checked daily. If there is not enough, it can slow your AC down.
Also, your brakes should be monitored. When the temp goes up, it can cause a loss of friction on the brake parts. Brakes are more likely to fail when they are not able to absorb any more heat.
Wear Light Clothing
Wear weather-appropriate clothing. Wearing clothing that allows your body to breathe can help keep you cool.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
You know all too well how it feels when the sun is beating on you through the driver’s window; however, being exposed for too long can be dangerous. So, to avoid a “Trucker’s Arm” or “Driver’s Tan,” you should apply sunscreen, wear a sun sleeve, apply a window cover or wear a light long-sleeved shirt. Sunburns hurt and can be uncomfortable to sleep with – and as a driver, you must get as much sleep as possible.
When you are out on the road, it is important to remember these tips during the summer months. Remember to drink plenty of water and get lots of rest.