Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Learn How To Protect Yourself From The Severe Changes In Climate

Heated RoadsDays are almost never-ending, the temperatures are rising, long-hauls are getting longer and the pavement is heating up. With Spring in full swing, there are a lot of other road concerns amplifying, other than convertibles swerving lane to lane, full of college kids heading off to their Spring Break designations. Warmer weather for truck drivers means it’s time to implement methods for additional road hazards.

Check The Fuel For Your Body

Heat exhaustion can go hand in hand with dehydration. There are two forms of heat exhaustion that can take place when the temperature begins to rise, water depletion and salt depletion. Water depletion symptoms can be weakness and headaches. The symptoms brought on by salt depletion are more drastic including dizziness, nausea, and even muscle cramps. To combat the two what you fuel your body with matters, as well as how you take care of yourself when these symptoms arise.

Food high in water content

  • Cucumbers 
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Yogurt
  • Spinach

Tips and Tricks

  • Remove tight-fitting clothing
  • Take a cool shower
  • Get out of the sun

Check The Fuel For Your Vehicle

Always check fluids before you start. The engine cooling system is important, especially in sweltering temperatures. Before beginning your trip make sure your system has both enough antifreeze and water. Checking on the coolant of your vehicle is important in making sure your vehicle isn’t overheating. Coolant that is too hot can lead to engine failure and even a fire.

Slow It Down And Take A Break

Your vehicle is more vulnerable to overheating when you are traveling at high speeds. There is extra stress on both the tires and engine being applied. Drive slow and remember to take frequent breaks to let the system cool down. During your breaks take time to make sure your tires are inflated. Tire blowouts are more common in hot weather. Air pressure also increases with temperature. Allowing the tires to cool off every few hours or ideally every 100 miles reduce the risk of not only blowouts but fire as well.

Become A Weather Watchman

Severe WeatherThe weather during this time can be pretty unpredictable. Truckers can find themselves facing April showers, devastating thunderstorms, and even heat waves. Checking the weather forecast on a regular basis is a necessity to be prepared for the shift in the climate. The type of extreme weather that comes along as we get further and further from winter can lead to slick roads. By doing regular inspections on brakes and tires you are ensuring that your truck is in proper condition. A rise in temperature can even lead to brake malfunction so knowing your truck inside and out will help you stay alert and ready for whatever Spring and Summer throws your way.

Your safety is always our top concern when you’re on the road and it should be yours as well. Adding these methods to your trucking routine can save you time and more importantly, save your life. Stay hydrated, stay as cool as possible and stay alert of your trucks needs.

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