Summer is peaking around the corner which means temperatures are going to soar. With so much advice given to truck drivers about how to drive in the winter, V&S Midwest felt like we should give you advice for the summer as well. The summer months can be a dangerous time. Not only does road rage come out more, but also the heat can be dangerous for both the truck and the truck driver.
Truck Driver Tips to Beat the Heat
1 – Keep hydrated!
This is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It seems obvious, but when you’re driving, it’s easy to forget to drink water. Try to keep a bottle of water with you while you drive and maybe an extra bottle just in case something happens on the road. You don’t need a heat stroke along with a broken truck. Try to drink half your body weight in ounces every day so if you weight 200 pounds, try to drink ounces of water.
2 – Be aware of the weather!
Summer can sometimes bring severe storms and weather can change in the blink of an eye. Know what kind of weather is up ahead and what could be coming to the area. If possible, change routes to avoid the bad weather.
3 – Protect yourself from the sun!
Although the sun coming in through the driver’s side window of your truck can feel great, the sun exposure can cause serious risks. Using a sun sleeve, sunscreen, window covers or just wearing long sleeves can help protect you from the dangerous rays the sun casts out.
4 – Check your brakes!
Hot temperatures can lead to brakes fading or the loss of friction when brake components can’t absorb any additional heat. Make sure you check the brakes often. An easy way to remember is by making a check stop before getting out on the road to make sure the brakes are working properly.
5 – Keep tires inflated!
With the extreme heat, tire blowouts aren’t uncommon. Having under-inflated tires can increase the risk of having those blowouts. Check your tires before your drives to make sure they’re properly inflated. This will ensure prevention of blowouts.
6 – Change your motor oil!
Regular oils changes with the correct grade of motor oil can improve gas mileage. Synthetic oils are best for high-temperature driving conditions and for added protection when towing your haul.
Following all our summer driving tips and being mindful of the road will provide you with optimal driving during the season. To learn more about the truck industry and for tips and tricks you can use on the road, follow our blog.