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Summer safety tips for truck drivers

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As the days get longer and the temperature gets higher, roadways tend to get busier. Everyone is out and about, and with summer’s arrival comes a unique set of challenges for car and truck drivers alike.

Professional truck drivers are particularly prone to be submitted to dangerous summertime driving scenarios, for they are the ones who spend time behind the wheel more than anyone else.

That is why it is important to remain cautious while driving when traveling long distances. So if you drive a truck for a living, keep the following summer safety tips in mind…

Stay hydrated

It may sound silly, but all too often people will forget to stay hydrated in summer. Even though you may feel cool with that AC cranked up to eleven, the sun shining in through those windows can be very draining.

Light-headedness, impaired vision, and fatigue can all stem from dehydration. All of which are extremely dangerous when barreling down a road with a heavy load in tow. So push those fluids, and remember that an adequate daily fluid intake is 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 cups for women on average.

Shield yourself from the sun

The sun’s UV rays can wear you and your skin down over time. Take action in protecting yourself from the sun, starting with sunscreen. Wearing sunglasses and a hat with a brim can help protect your vision, while breathable long-sleeve shirts will keep that sunburn from forming.

For truck drivers, there are a number of different shades of window tint to help shield them from the sun, as well as front-facing cab visors. Still, sometimes it is best to pull over to find a spot of shade and some rest, especially when in flat, arid climates.

Keep your truck prepped for the worst

It is always better to be safe than sorry. So keep your truck stocked with items that could help you if you are caught in a sticky summer situation.

Stow some extra water bottles in a tote with a first-aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, work gloves, canned food, and anything else you feel might be necessary for an emergency. You never know when a mechanical failure or an unexpected incident will leave you stranded in the summer heat for hours on end.

Check your truck’s cooling system

If there’s one thing you should make certain of in summer, it’s that your truck’s cooling system is checked and ready to combat the summer heat. Radiator caps, thermostats, hoses, fan belts, and coolant levels should all be in top form before setting out on that next haul.

The dangers of driving in summer

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, summer continues to be the season in which the most traffic fatalities occur, year after year. Why is this?

Summer road trips and vacationers mean more vehicles on the road. Young drivers are not in school, and with more inexperienced drivers being added to the mix things always get a bit hairy.

Another factor in the equation is that summer is the prime construction season. Sunny summer weather and lengthier daylight hours encourage longer work hours. Construction sites tend to pop up everywhere during these months, with roadway work being one of many prime examples. Streets fill with orange cones and striped traffic barrels, causing the already congested roadways to become even more bottlenecked.

What to do if you are in a truck collision this summer

Unfortunately, even if you take all of these safety precautions into consideration, sometimes there is no way to avoid a collision or roadway-related incident. That is why it is so important to immediately seek medical attention if you are involved in a crash, for unseen internal injuries and shock may not surface until well after a crash occurs.

However, if you have not sustained any serious form of injury, it is best to collect as much evidence as you can from the scene of the collision prior to speaking with your insurance adjuster. Photos, videos, eyewitness statements, and contact information can all help if a financial settlement is sought afterward.

So be safe, and collect what you can in case of a truck collision. Providing substantial evidence to an experienced attorney will always help secure the compensation you deserve.

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