With extreme heat and rough driving conditions out on the road this summer, truckers need to take extra caution when on the job. To prevent problems while on the move, it’s important to do summer vehicle maintenance, and put safety first by bringing along the right supplies during the summertime. To help you out the next few months, Commercial Truck Trader is sharing seven essential summer safety supplies for truckers.
Even with air conditioning in your cab that helps with cool driving during summer trucking, you should still hydrate while you’re rolling down the road. Prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and more severe health problems caused by extreme summer heat by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Pack a cooler and fill it up with water bottles, and pull over at stops to get more water. Replenish the water and electrolytes you lose when you sweat by supplementing your water with sports drinks that are low on sugar.
2. Protective Gear
If you recently found a new or used cargo van for sale for your fleet and are making deliveries, or you’re unloading with your long haul truck, your drivers should stay safe on the job by wearing the correct protective gear this summer. In your vehicle, keep a hard hat to protect your head, and wear steel-toed boots and thick gloves for unloading shipments or carrying cargo. Wear a reflective safety vest to improve visibility when working at night, and bring eye protection such as sunglasses so you can see clearly, especially when light reflects off concrete or asphalt. Pack a poncho or rain jacket if you’re outside in a downpour. And if you’re out making deliveries, be sure to put on a layer of sunblock to prevent burns.
3. First Aid Kit
No matter the time of year, truckers should always keep a first aid kit nearby in their vehicle. First aid kits help you treat minor cuts, burns, or bruises while you’re on the go. Check to see if your kit has these essential supplies:
- Adhesive and elastic bandages
- Sterile gauze pads
- Antiseptic wipes
- Disposable gloves
- Tweezers and scissors
- Burn care, including dressing or cream
4. Safety Cones and Flares
In the unfortunate event of a breakdown on the road, these safety supplies should be among the first things you purchase when you buy a new or used semi truck for sale. Roadside safety cones and flares will make you and your vehicle more visible, and help motorists recognize a hazard on the road. Bright orange traffic cones or triangles can establish a safe space for you and your truck in a lane or on the shoulder of the road. Many flares can burn up to 30 minutes in any weather condition. This may give you more space for roadside maintenance on your vehicle, or when you’re waiting for a towing vehicle.
5. Tire Pressure Gauge
While you should keep a spare tire and tire jack in your vehicle, you also want to have a tire pressure gauge readily available for your truck or van tires. Extreme temperatures and heat can affect your tires, which can cause higher pressure and overinflation. Use a tire pressure gauge to measure the PSI regularly as you travel and when it’s hot. Pull over at a truck stop or fueling station and inflate your tires when it’s necessary. This will also help improve your mileage and fuel economy.
6. Mobile Phone Charger
While you can keep up communication using a CB radio in your cab, it’s also essential to have your mobile phone fully charged in case you need to reach out in an emergency. Don’t leave yourself stranded with a dead smartphone battery, and always bring a truck-friendly charger. A fully charged phone is important in case you need to make calls to emergency contact numbers or navigate using maps. It also helps you stay efficient on the job, as you can charge your phone while you use it on the run, and don’t have to pull off to the road at a service station to recharge.
7. Sun Shade
Using a sun shade or sun deflector over your windshield and cab windows will help keep the sunlight out and the temperature lower inside your truck while you’re parked in places with extreme heat. They will also help prevent items in your cab from overheating or malfunctioning. Sun shades come in handy when parking your big rig in the shade isn’t an option.
Plan ahead for high temperatures, inclement weather, and tough traveling conditions this summer with these essential safety supplies. These items will help out in the event of an emergency while you work. If you’re ready to purchase your next new or used commercial vehicle, be sure to see the nation’s largest inventory online at our marketplace on CommercialTruckTrader.com and our sister site NextTruckOnline.com.