10-4 July Safety Brief
Driving a truck in the summer comes with a new set of challenges such as the sun beating down on the drivers all day and the extra traffic. As the weather warms up, more vehicles will be hitting the roadways which will result in high volumes of traffic. Since your drivers are on the road at all hours of the day, we have put together a few tips to help them deal with the hazards that come with driving in the summer months.
Whenever possible, drivers will want to schedule their trips to avoid traffic. Even though summer traffic can be unpredictable, the best times to be on the road remain early in the morning and later in the evening. Driving at these times will help your drivers avoid things like traffic jams, road work, lost tourists, & inattentive drivers. Weekend driving becomes increasingly difficult for the same reasons. Taking breaks during peak driving times is a great way for your drivers to avoid much of the frustration that comes with busy rush hour traffic. The American Transportation Research Institute has published the 2018 Top 100 Truck Bottleneck List. This list is a great tool for planning your trip around peak traffic.
Even with a well-planned trip, there are still things that can come up. Being prepared can prevent adding stress to an already stressful situation. Your drivers will need things like extra water, a flash light, sunscreen, sunglasses and tools to make minor repairs.
As the roadways heat up, the chance for a tire blowout increases. Tires that are not properly inflated can further increase the risk of a blowout, your drivers will want to check them daily.
Most people associate dangerous weather with the winter months, but the summer months can also be dangerous. Weather changes quickly in the summer and it’s likely that you have seen a seemingly cloudless sunny day suddenly turn stormy. If your drivers incorporate checking the weather into their pre-trip routine they will be better prepared to handle any unexpected weather changes and being prepared, both physically and mentally, is the best course of action your drivers can take.