Post Date - Aug 30, 2023
With temperatures rising to historical records this summer, it can be challenging to stay cool and comfortable during the day. As professional drivers, you know how important safety is; and at Boyd Bros, safety is a cornerstone of our culture. Here are some tips to keep you cool and safe this summer.
Avoid Extreme Sun Exposure
One of the most important things that truck drivers can do to stay cool and safe during summer is to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. Consider investing in a sunshade for your windshield that you can utilize when you’re stopped for breaks, this will keep the inside of your cab cooler. Some drivers also purchase small, clip-on fans to place around their cab for optimal airflow. While driving, keep the windows of the truck closed and use the air conditioner to cool the cab.
Wear The Right Clothing and Use Sunscreen
Wearing the right clothing can make a huge difference in keeping truck drivers cool and safe during the summer months. Light-colored and loose-fitting clothes can help keep the body cool and comfortable and prevent sweating, which can lead to dehydration. Wearing a hat and sunglasses can also provide additional protection from the sun. Additionally, it’s important for professional drivers to wear sunscreen on their faces, hands, and arms as these areas are frequently exposed to UV rays, which can lead to the development of skin cancer.
Drinking plenty of fluids is crucial for staying cool and safe during the hot summer months. Keep a water bottle with you and drink water or other hydrating drinks at regular intervals. You can even add fresh citrus or water-flavoring packets to enhance the taste of plain water. Avoid the overconsumption of soda, coffee, and other energy drinks, as large amounts of caffeine can cause dehydration. Additionally, eating fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, and iceberg lettuce, can also help keep the body hydrated.
Working extended hours in the heat can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It's vital for truck drivers to take breaks often to cool down and rejuvenate their bodies. Taking a break in a shaded area can help the body cool down. Additionally, taking a few minutes to stretch or walk around the truck can also help reset the body.
Look For Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
It's important to know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and act immediately if they occur. Heat exhaustion signs can include fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Heat stroke signs can include confusion, disorientation, seizures, rapid heart rate, and unconsciousness, and is life-threatening. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.
One of the most important steps to staying cool and safe? Partnering with the right carrier. Learn more about the driving opportunities at Boyd Bros. today.