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Although the weather and road conditions tend to be much more manageable for trucks in the summer time, there are still certain hazards and things you need to be aware of when driving a semi-truck in the summer time. Here are a few tips that will help you navigate the unique challenges that summertime presents for commercial truck drivers.
Check Your Tires Before Each Run
Outside temperatures alter the pressure in your tires. When it is hot outside, the air in your tires can expand and cause the pressure to increase. In order to ensure that your tires don't blow out due to being inflated incorrectly in the summer heat, you should check and adjust your tire pressure before each delivery run that you go on.
Check Your Brakes Frequently
In the summer, when it is hot outside, all that heat can cause your brakes to lose friction and fade. This happens because your brakes are not able to absorb all the environmental heat and heat from your vehicle.
Before you get on the road each day in the summertime, especially when it is extremely hot, run a quick brake check.
Be Extra Alert
In the summertime, the highways tend to have more vehicles on them than just about any other time of the year, outside of major holiday weekends in the fall.
Summer is when most people take time off work and hit the road for a vacation. That means that, not only are there extra drivers on the road, there are a lot of drivers who are driving on unfamiliar roads.
For you, that means you need to be especially aware of what is happening around you on the road in order to avoid an accident.
Keep Yourself Safe From The Sun
One of the biggest challenges you'll face driving during the summertime is the sun. Although the sun coming through your window may feel great, all that sun exposure can have serious consequences down the line, which is why you need to take steps to protect your left arm and face.
Every day before you hit the road, you need to put on some sunscreen on both your face and arms. It is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from harmful rays. You should reapply the sunscreen every couple of hours to ensure you get the maximum protection possible.
You can also protect your window-side arm by keeping it covered up by wearing either long sleeves or by wearing a sun sleeve to protect your arm.
Finally, you can upgrade your truck and have a window film installed on the driver's side window that will help block out UV rays.
For more information about driving in the summer, or to find out about jobs, contact a company like East Coast Driver Solutions.