Summer is finally here! From cold winters to being inside 24/7 it’s time to get out and enjoy the sunshine! While the beloved sunshine can be a mood enhancer for people, it may also put you at risk to overheat or get sunburnt. 

Did you know that while in your truck you can also get sunburnt? Summer also means that the bugs are out, which means they will be all over your windshield. Good trucking companies, like TransWood, can provide their driver’s tips on how to prepare for the upcoming summer months. 

Safe driving in the summer 

Summer is high tourism season, which means the roads are packed with more drivers. Good trucking companies will warn you to be extra careful because this means more lost drivers are on the road. Be wary of last-minute lane changes to make an exit.. 

The summer months are also peak season for construction. Take it slow and be extra cautious of stopped vehicles and workers.

 If you drive through the Midwest, be wary that it is thunderstorm season. If you are driving along a newly paved road and it storms, it causes the road to be extra slippery. As a result, you should increase your stopping distance. Always remember the basic safety tips you learned in training. 

Good trucking companies, like TransWood, will have well-maintained trucks for their employees. One tip is to always inspect your truck before leaving. The heat can be  damaging to your truck. You should look at the radiator, pressure cap, belts and hoses for any cracks or cuts in the rubber. 

Just like humans, trucks can get dehydrated, that’s why it’s always a good idea to check the fluid levels. If you suspect they might be leaking you should get it fixed right away. 

Project yourself from the sun 

The first thing you should know is that not all sunscreen is the same! It’s important that you find high-quality sunscreen, and you can do that by knowing what ingredients are good for your skin. 

  • Zinc oxide
  • Titanium dioxide 
  • Encapsulated octinoxicate 

 

On the other hand, it is imperative to understand what ingredients we should avoid in sunscreen such as:

  • Retinyl Palmitate 
  • Oxybenzone 

Retinyl palmitate may cause cancer in light and oxybenzone might cause hormone changes. 

Wearing the right amount of sunscreen is important to prevent burns. Be sure to reapply sunscreen as recommended on each different bottle!  

Another way to protect yourself from the sun is to wear your protective gear and a sleeve is perfect for your left arm.

This sleeve can even be worn all year because the sun shines year-round, even when it is cold outside. Lastly, you can get a UV shield on the driver side window that can help filter out 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. 

TransWood is committed to the safety of our drivers and those who share the road with them. Contact us today for more information!

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