With the passing of Memorial Day, summer is here. While the official mark on the calendar is June 21, hot weather and the pressure of long days in the sun are now upon us. It’s important that you pay attention to the needs of your body and your equipment as summer progresses. Below are a few tips to help make summer trucking a little more enjoyable.
Plan ahead and be aware of any weather or road hazards
Storms and construction can be a menace on their own. Combined, they can be disastrous. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what’s ahead of you and plan accordingly. Pay attention to local radar and use online resources such as www.noaa.gov.
Ensure your truck is in good condition for hot weather
Be sure coolants and oil are full, and the AC works. Check your brakes frequently. They can fade when temperatures rise. Hot weather is also a challenge for tires. They can wear faster creating more opportunity for flats and blowouts. Be sure you maintain proper air pressure. If you require maintenance and need help scheduling an appointment along your route, utilize companies that offer location services.
Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen even with the windows up
Harmful rays can cause sun damage through windows. Maintaining hydration will help fight off sluggishness and brain fog often associated with high temperatures. If you’re not a big water drinker, carry snacks that contain water such as fruit. You can also find some great resources for maintaining hydration online.
Summer trucking can be challenging for even the most experienced of drivers. By following just a few simple tips, you can ensure you arrive safe and feeling great!
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