Oakland Transportation Logistics

Tips for Summer Truck Driving

Expert Oakland Logistics Company Advises on Trucking in the Summertime

Packing a survival kit is a necessity during the cold and bitter months of winter. But did you know that a summer survival kit is just as necessary? Unprepared truck drivers involved in transportation logistics are just as susceptible to harm in the sunny days of summer as they are in the cold weather. Taking a few simple precautions can ensure that you, as a trucker driver, enjoy good health all year around. Follow these simple tricks to stay in good health and avoid harm:

1. Keep Tires Inflated

Tire blowouts are all too common in extreme heat. Keeping air pressure at tires’ suggested level will minimize the possibility of needless tire blowouts on the road.

2. Check Your Brakes

Warm temperature can produce brake fading or the loss of friction when brake components are no longer able to absorb additional heat. Frequently check the status of your brakes and make a check stop before beginning a logistics route.

3. Plan for the Weather

Summer brings both beautiful skies and terrifying storms. It can often oscillate between these two extremes in a matter of seconds. Check out the weather report beforehand to avoid potential thunderstorms or other phenomena from nature. If at all possible, consider driving a different route to your final destination.

4. Avoid the Sun

Many truck drivers are familiar with the dreaded “trucker’s arm,” where the left arm is strikingly more tan (or burned) than the right arm due to overexposure to the sun. But apart from receiving an unwelcome tan, there are serious health implications when you do not take proper care of your skin in the sun. Simply wearing a sun sleeve or using window covers can help you stay protected from dangerous sunrays. Sunscreen is also highly recommended. Use sunscreen with high SPF and apply it 30 minutes before going on the road. Be sure to reapply every two hours, since most sunscreens are only good for two hours at a time.  

5. Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to forget the importance of drinking water while on the road, but it’s vital to your health. Keep a cooler in your truck so you can drink water on-the-go, and aim to drink water every 20–30 minutes. Drinking water regularly is one of the best ways to prevent heat stroke. It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces a day, so a 250-pound man should drink 125 ounces of water.

6. Pack Healthy Snacks

Ever experience a tired sluggish feeling right after lunch? Most of the time this is caused by heavy, high fat, and salt-infested foods. Stock up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, or other healthy snacks that will keep you satisfied and alert. Proper nutrition enables you to focus better while on the road and can eliminate sluggish feelings that come after a meal.

Contact the Leaders in Bay Area Intermodal Services

To learn more or to discuss our intermodal services, call R&A Trucking today at (510) 632-7112. Our drivers are well-trained and licensed to ensure that only the best drivers are behind the wheels of our 100 new (2013) trucks, and most importantly, ensuring the safety of themselves and the cargo in transport.