Summer Driving Safety Tips for Truck Drivers
Summer has arrived ladies and gentlemen and it's off to a hot start! We have talked about winter safety tips and how important it is to keep up with routine maintenance during the winter, but it is equally important to do so in the summer. Today, I want to share some quick tips about Summer driving safety and what you can do to make life on the road a bit smoother. No matter where you are headed these tips might be helpful to you or someone you know. Here are some quick Summer Driving safety tips for Truck Drivers.
1. Check the weather when you trip plan!
There are many apps that can help with this by providing real-time weather predictions. It is important to plan ahead and know what the current and future weather predictions are. Summer can bring severe weather, such as storms and floods. Make sure you are never caught off guard with these severe weather changes and can change your route if needed.
2. Keep an eye on Construction Zones
More roadwork is done in the summer months than during any other time of the year. It’s always important to be careful in a work zone because of the danger of potentially hitting a worker. In addition, fines for speeding and other violations are often doubled or tripled in a work zone. Remember safety always first.
3. Check the coolant level of your Engine
It is highly important to check the coolant level of your engine. The cooling system of your truck is one of the most important to maintain a healthy engine. Coolant flows through many passages and hoses to keep the engine from overheating and causing damage. The cooling system is fairly simple, pump, reservoir, and some valves. Oil is the blood of your engine, coolant is the sweat glands, the engine will fail if either of these doesn't do its job.
4. Stay hydrated, get enough sleep and eat healthily
Even though you are in an air-conditioned truck you can still get dehydrated. Make sure to have a bottle of water to stay hydrated and an extra bottle of water available in case something happens. Aim to drink about eight glasses of water every day. Paying attention to small details like drinking water and eating healthy is important to maintain or better your health. Sleep is also key! Driving a truck is a very demanding job. Lack of sleep makes it more difficult to meet the demands of the job and increases your risk for drowsy driving and vehicle crashes. Because your 24/7 job keeps you on the road for long periods and at night, it can affect your sleep quality. Creating a relaxing bedtime routine along with a good sleep environment can improve your sleep. Try to get 7–9 hours of sleep each day; most people need this amount. Be aware of your body’s natural feelings of sleepiness.
5. Protect yourself from the Sun
Just because you are in a truck does not mean you are protected from the sun. While the rays of sun shining through the driver’s side window can feel great, there are serious risks associated with this, including sunburns and odd tan lines. The left side of your body takes the biggest toll from the sun. Even when you are inside your cabin, wear sunscreen. Hats, sunglasses, and long sleeve shirts can also help protect you.
6. Be Patient in heavy traffic!
Heavy traffic can be stressful but patience is key! Listen to music or podcasts that put you into a good mood and ALWAYS be alert! In the summer months, there are more people on the road than in any other season. Drivers will be on roads they are unfamiliar with, which can oftentimes lead to erratic and dangerous driving. And for truck drivers, this means the roads are that much less safe. To lessen your chance of an accident, stay alert on the road and be aware of what’s happening at all times.