Stay Alert When Driving During Hot Weather

Many long-haul truckers may find themselves driving through areas experiencing extreme heat in the summer. In fact, truckers driving through the Southwest can expect average temperatures of 100°F or hotter during these months.

Driving long distances can be tiring, especially in hot or poorly ventilated cabs. Truckers should keep their cab cool by using the air conditioner if available, or by keeping the windows or vents cracked, the California Department of Motor Vehicles states. Drivers also should take regular breaks at rest areas, truck stops, or other cool or shaded locations to help prevent heat-related fatigue.

Truckers must remember to remain hydrated in hot weather to help prevent their bodies from overheating and to replace fluids lost from sweat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the following tips to reduce the risk of heat stress and dehydration during hot weather:

  • Drink water frequently – approximately one cup or more every 15 to 20 minutes. Do not wait until you become thirsty.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes made of breathable materials such as cotton. Avoid clothing made from non-breathable, synthetic materials.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, such as energy drinks, coffee, tea and caffeinated sodas, as they can actually dehydrate the body.
  • If you begin to feel dizzy or dehydrated, take a break and consume a sports beverage that contains the electrolytes sodium and potassium.

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