Safe Driving Tips For Truckers During The Summer Season
If you’ll be spending the summer season on the road, here are a few tips you need to follow to stay safe.
1. Drink plenty of water.
If you start your day with coffee or soda, you need to be mindful of drinking enough water during the day. Proper hydration is key for staying focused and alert throughout the day.
2. Keep the tires inflated.
Higher temperatures increase the risk of tires blowing out. Underinflated tires are also more likely to become flat. Be sure to check the tires every morning before heading out.
3. Regularly check the brakes.
Higher temperatures can also cause friction loss, making it difficult to brake if the brakes have become too brittle to function. Check the brakes before you drive out.
4. Wear sunscreen, long sleeves, a hat, and sunglasses.
Even though you’re not outdoors, sunlight can still cause damage if you don’t protect yourself. Cover your arms, head, and eyes when driving.
5. Be alert on crowded roads.
Many Americans go on road trips during the summer months. This may cause increased traffic and delays, not to mention increased risk of accidents.
6. Check the weather forecast.
Driving hundreds of miles a day will inevitably expose truckers to varying weather conditions. Check the weather report for the regions you’ll be passing through and make sure you’re prepared for thunderstorms and flooding.
7. Check engine coolant and radiator cap.
As the name implies, engine coolant keeps the engine from overheating. It absorbs heat from the engine and allows the truck to function properly. The radiator cap also plays a role in the engine cooling system.
Before heading out, check to make sure you’ve got enough engine coolant in the system. Also inspect the radiator cap to make sure the seals aren’t damaged and haven’t hardened.
8. Check engine belts and hoses.
A snapped belt or leaking hose could cause the engine to stop working and lead to serious damage. Dirt, oil, sludge, and extreme temperatures can damage hoses and belts. When conducting your inspection, look for bulges, splits, and fraying.
9. Minimize distractions.
Last but not least, avoid changing the radio station or music playlist when driving during rain or thunderstorms. Focus on the road ahead of you to keep yourself and others safe.