Everyone enjoys summer but, unfortunately, this is also the season when truckers have to be on the lookout for potential summer trucking hazards. Staying alert and informed will help a lot. Still, some of the following incidents can happen when you least expect them, which is why it’s so important to remain calm and collected. Take care of yourself properly, too, so that you can go on hauls energetic and healthy.
1. More construction work
In general, summertime is the season when there’s more construction work on the road simply because of the favorable weather for effective repairs. Even though these repairs are ultimately a good thing, they can present some of the real summer trucking hazards due to the debris and stones on the road. If possible, keep track of the construction zones so that you can try to avoid them. If it’s not possible to do your haul on another route, at least make it a point to drive slowly and carefully.
2. Tires can burst
Tires can burst all year round if they’re not checked properly. But, this can happen more often during the summer due to the higher friction in deflated tires, which can then cause them to burst. Therefore, it’s essential to increase the maintenance and checkups when tires are concerned during the warmest season to inspect the pressure and look for signs of damage.
3. More people on the road
During the summer months, there are more people on the road. After all, warm weather means that more people will take vacations and embark on a trip in their vehicles. With more traffic, there’s a bigger chance of traffic accident as well. This is why it’s paramount that you, as a trucker, stay alert and focused when you drive.
4. More cyclists and bikers
Just like there are more cars on the road during summer, there are also more cyclists and bikers. This can turn out to be one of the more serious summer trucking hazards as it’s sometimes difficult to see these traffic participants. That said, it’s extremely important that you check your mirrors and blind spots properly before changing lanes.
5. Overheating and dehydration
Both you and your truck are in danger when you have to drive in the summer sun. For starters, your engine can overheat. If you notice the temperature rising, stop and turn off the truck as soon as possible. You have to take good care of yourself, too. Make sure that you drink plenty of water during your summer hauls so that you stay hydrated and healthy. Keep your windows open and make the most out of your truck’s air con.
6. Difficult weather
Keep track of the weather forecast all the time as this will allow you to prepare better for the road. Unfortunately, summer is not just about the scorching sun which is already problematic enough for truckers in the morning and afternoon. Summer storms, heavy rain, and even hail can be real summer trucking hazards if you’re not extremely careful.
7. Be aware of animals and children
You may find this particular “hazard” a bit strange but if you take your eyes off the road even for just one second, things can get tragic real soon. During the summer months, there are more animals on the road. If you don’t spot them in time, sudden maneuvers can cause traffic accidents. What’s more, pay a great deal of attention in populated areas as kids play outside more and can get out on the open road without looking around first.
8. Never drive tired
Summer days and nights can get really long and cause fatigue and drowsiness. In order to avoid feeling sleepy and tired behind the wheel, make sure to put your health at the top of your priority list. This means at least 8 hours of sleep so that there’s significantly less risk for falling asleep or losing focus while driving.
We at Bottomley Enterprises hope that you’ll all have a great summer and stay healthy, alert and attentive. Truckers interested in joining our team can fill out our driver’s application form. You can also follow us on Facebook for more trucking news and updates.