June 23, 2020

The Summer is Heating Up! Here's How You Can Stay Cool OTR

Winter is the season when truck drivers are most vigilant when it comes to safety, but in the summer, there’s also much to be aware of. 

Schools are out, construction picks up and the rising temperatures can be dangerous if you’re not careful with your health.

The good news is, as long as you’re prepared for this summer ‘s truck driving jobs, you’ll be chilling out with nothing to worry about.

Here’s how you can keep your cool on the road.

Glaring sun over a truck

Drink up that H2o!

As the temperature climbs, it’s vital to have a full bottle of water with you at all times. Staying hydrated isn’t just good for your body, it can be beneficial for your mind, as well.

Drinking 2 liters of water per day helps cleanse toxins from your body, fosters weight loss and clears the skin. It also energizes you, which can improve focus and concentration while driving.

Ditch those sugar filled energy drinks and stock up a cooler with water. If you don’t already have one, a mini fridge is a trucking essential that offers convenience.

You can even go one step further and reduce plastic waste by purchasing a reusable bottle.

Glasses of drinking water getting filled

Protect yourself from the sun

All because you’re inside your cabin doesn’t mean the sun’s harmful UV rays can’t reach you. The sun can be a real doozy, creating stressful glare that makes it difficult to see the road clearly or causing sunburn.

By bringing along the right gear, you can protect yourself from the sun. Always keep 30 SPF or higher sunblock in your glove compartment and wear a hat. 

To prevent the dreaded driver’s window arm burn, wear a lightweight, light colored shirt.

Finally, invest in a high quality pair of polarized sunglasses. This will tackle the annoying glare that blinds you on the road. It also puts less stress on your eyes.

Heavy traffic caught in the rain

Watch the weather

Like the winter, summertime also has extreme weather that can be dangerous for truck drivers. 

If you’re driving in a region that gets daily thunderstorms and downpours, download a weather app like AccuWeather to stay on top of forecasts.

Prepare your truck for slick roads by having it fully inspected before setting off on a job. Make sure the brakes and tires are in tip top shape. Heat can especially wear out a good set of brakes.

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