Considering most of the country is facing record high temperatures this week, it looks like summer is striking with a vengeance. Between blazing weather and vacationing families on the road, this can be a tough time for truckers. So, to help all of those out on the roads these days, we’ve put together a guide for summer trucking that will keep drivers safe during these warmer months.
Truckers may be behind the wheel, but that doesn’t mean they are out of the sun. Any experienced trucker will point out that sun exposure is still an issue and sitting in the sun for long hauls can have serious consequences for your health. Make sure to bust out the sunscreen or window covers to avoid the negative effects of sun exposure.
Summer means that school is out and families are headed on vacation. From June to August, highways will see an increase in vehicles which means that truckers need to stay extra alert when hauling. It will take just a bit of extra attention to remain alert, but it can go a long way in preventing an accident.
It should go without saying, but warmer weather means working harder to stay hydrated. Always keep plenty of water in the truck and make a conscious effort to drink around half of your body weight in ounces (i.e. If you weigh 180 pounds, try to drink around 90 ounces of water each day.). Heat stroke can be incredibly dangerous and is easily avoided through just a bit of effort.
Hot weather is going to wear out equipment faster, so make sure to regularly check things to make sure they are in working repair. Brakes and tires will wear out most quickly, so get on top of your inspections so equipment failure does not hit you in the middle of a haul.
Summer means hotter temperatures, but it can also mean dangerous flash floods. Check the weather as you are driving and make sure you don’t accidently stumble upon a sudden storm. These rains strike fast and can be strong enough to topple a truck if you aren’t careful.