All seasons have their own challenges, even summer. The heatwave days and vacationers on the roads often get overlooked during the June-August timeframe. To help you beat the heat and stay safe on the road, we’ve put together some helpful tips and tricks of which you should be aware.
Hydration is Key
Staying hydrated during the summer is important. Always keep a few extra bottles of water with you in your cab or a cooler so you never have to worry about running out. If you want to track how much water you’re drinking a day and make sure you’re getting enough, we recommend downloading the My Water Balance - Intake Drink app.
Watch for Weather
Unexpected weather, such as severe thunderstorms and heavy rain, is very common during the summer months. Check the weather radar before you leave for your trip and listen to weather forecasts so you can prepare for what’s to come and practice safe driving.
While it is always important to take breaks during your drive to keep you alert, it is especially important during the summer months. It is easy to get dehydrated and sluggish. Next time you are at a rest stop, take some time to go inside, walk around in the air conditioning, and get yourself a cold drink.
Check Your Emergency Kit
Always be prepared for a scenario where your truck breaks down and you’re stuck on the side of the road. Will you be ready? If you’re unsure of what to have in your emergency kit, click here. Before leaving, check the condition of your brakes, tires and vehicle engine fluid levels to help avoid breaking down and having to use your emergency kit.
With asphalt plants operating during the summer, you might notice some more construction zones. Check each state’s Department Of Transportation website and plan your trip accordingly so you aren’t driving through these areas during rush hour.
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