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Small actions can make a difference when facing extreme temperatures; caution is key

The first heat wave of the season is bringing triple-digit temperatures earlier than usual across much of the southwestern United States. Several regions continue to experience temperatures surpassing 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and meteorologists warn that this heatwave will persist throughout the summer. For truck drivers and others who must travel on the roads during these extreme heat waves, taking precautions to prevent dehydration and heatstroke is essential.

Small actions can make a difference when facing extreme temperatures; caution is key. Truckers spend long hours in vehicles that generate additional heat compared to the external climate, making it crucial for them to be well-prepared to protect their health.

Constant hydration

Traveling long distances can easily lead to dehydration. Staying hydrated is crucial to prevent headaches, fatigue, and lack of concentration. Keep water bottles handy while driving to ensure hydration options are always available

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Sun protection

Truck drivers often suffer from sunburn on their left arms due to long hours behind the wheel. Many drivers underestimate the risks of UV rays, mistakenly believing windshields provide sufficient protection. It’s crucial to wear sunscreen and consider using sunglasses and long sleeves for additional sun protection, both inside and outside the vehicle.

Staying cool and protected

Staying cool while driving is crucial to reduce heat fatigue, whether on long hauls or regional deliveries. Using air conditioning effectively and having cooling cloths or moistened towels on hand can help. Covering leather or vinyl seats with blankets or towels also helps keep them cool during the journey. Additionally, opt for breathable fabrics like cotton or linen for clothing, as they are lightweight and allow for better body ventilation.

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Taking breaks and eating healthy

Taking regular breaks is essential to stay fresh and alert during journeys; even a few minutes of rest can make a difference. Alongside breaks, nutrition plays a critical role. Carry fresh fruits to help stay refreshed, especially in high temperatures.

Truck maintenance

High temperatures increase the risk of issues like tire blowouts and reduced brake friction. Here are some key recommendations to keep your truck in optimal condition:

1. Regularly check brakes.
2. Perform routine maintenance.
3. Maintain proper tire inflation.

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Traffic awareness

Staying alert and taking extra precautions in dense traffic is crucial, especially during summer when roads see increased traffic. Check traffic conditions to avoid congested areas that could extend your travel time.

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Your health is important; follow these recommendations to ensure a smooth work experience during the summer. Keep emergency contacts handy and take necessary breaks as needed.

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