Summer is officially here, with the first day of summer being June 21st! That means it is time to ditch the cold weather apparel, and start gearing up for warmer temperatures. The winter months bring extra attention to safe driving, but there are plenty of changes in the warmer months that drivers should be aware of. Here are a few of NTB’s top summer travel tips.
Protect Yourself From The Sun
While a little sun coming in from the windows may feel like a nice change of pace from the winter months, the UV rays are harsher than you think. Several truck drivers experience “truckers arm,” which comes from that awkward tan from the sun only hitting the left arm. It may seem like no big deal, but repeated exposure to the sun in one area can create severe health risks. While you may be inside a truck and not thinking about protecting yourself from those harmful UV rays, make sure to cover your arm or wear some sunscreen.
Check The Brakes
Warmer temperatures means an increase of brake problems. Brake components can’t absorb the additional heat, which can lead to increased brake fading or loss of friction. Make sure to stop a few times throughout your trip and make sure your brakes are working properly.
Watch Out For Extra Drivers
The summer months bring more people on the road than any other season. Summertime means that a lot of people are off work, and taking off time to go on those highly anticipated family vacations. For truck drivers, while you do not have to worry about snow or ice anymore, you have to be extra cautious of all the extra drivers on the road.
Check The Weather
While most truck drivers would agree that driving in the summer is a lot more pleasant than the cold winter months, warmer weather does bring severe storms. Storms can come out of nowhere, so make sure to check the weather before a long drive to try and plan ahead.
Remember these tips to stay safe on your next drive this summer!