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Is summer here to stay? Some tips for driving in the heat

Might be a bit optomistic that summer is coming, but at Silver Arrow Recruitment we always take care to make sure our drivers are happy, healthy and safe.
Always worth a refresher on how to beat the heat!
  • Hydration is Key: As temperatures rise, it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Always carry a sufficient supply of water in the cabin and make regular stops to refresh yourself.
  • Dehydration can affect concentration and reaction times, so don’t underestimate the importance of keeping cool and hydrated.
  • Plan Your Route Wisely: With summer holidays and tourist destinations attracting more visitors, traffic congestion is common during peak hours. Plan your route ahead of time to avoid heavily congested areas and potential delays. Utilise GPS and traffic apps to find the best alternative routes.
  • Check Your Vehicle Regularly: Hot weather can put additional strain on your HGV, so it’s vital to perform regular vehicle checks. Pay special attention to tyres, brakes, engines, and cooling systems to prevent breakdowns in the scorching summer heat.
  • Beat the Heat with Proper Clothing: Wearing appropriate clothing is crucial during hot weather. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics and ensure your workwear offers ample protection from the sun’s rays. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun.
  • Take Advantage of Early Mornings: During summer, temperatures are often cooler in the early morning hours. Start your journey early to take advantage of the milder weather, which can also help you beat the traffic rush.
  • Plan for Longer Rest Breaks: Heat can cause fatigue, and longer daylight hours mean longer driving shifts. Factor in rest breaks to rejuvenate and avoid driving drowsy.
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight on Rest Breaks: When taking your rest breaks, park your HGV in a shaded area if possible. If not, use reflective screens to shield the cabin from direct sunlight, keeping the interior cooler.
  • Stay Informed on Weather Conditions: Summer weather can be unpredictable, with sudden storms and heat waves. Stay informed on weather forecasts and be prepared for any changes. Knowing when to expect extreme conditions can help you plan your journey accordingly.
  • Be Mindful of Sun Glare: Sun glare during sunrise and sunset can impair visibility. Keep a pair of sunglasses handy to reduce glare and enhance your vision on the road.
  • Prioritise Personal Safety: Above all, prioritise your safety. If you feel fatigued or overwhelmed by the heat, don’t hesitate to take breaks or seek assistance. Communicate with your employer and colleagues regularly to ensure they are aware of your well-being.