When the weather gets hot, your body perspires and loses fluids. That means you need to drink more water to stay hydrated. Drinking water also cools down your body so you will not feel overheated.
If you do not drink enough water, you will suffer from dehydration. Even when you are slightly dehydrated, your stomach can feel upset, you can feel more fatigued, dizzy, and nauseous. It can negatively affect your attention and focus which can lead to dangerous situations if you were driving. Therefore, to be safe, don’t forget to drink lots of water during hot weather.
Before you leave on your journey, hydrate well in advance and pack a good supply of water in your HGV. A good tip is to freeze some bottles of water and use them as ice packs. Allow them to thaw on your trip so you can enjoy some refreshing ice water along the way.
Be mindful of the glare
The intense sunlight from the summer sun can cause a glare and impair your vision, particularly if the sun is front of you when you are driving. This glare can distract you and can cause you to react slower to hazards on the road.
When you are driving during the day, you should always wear a pair of sunglasses which will remove the glare from the sun and protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Wear a good sun cream even if you are in your truck
The UV rays from the sun can also cause sunburn. This can happen even if you are not outside but just sitting inside your truck. You might get a “trucker’s tan” with just certain areas of your body constantly exposed to the sun, which can increase the risk of skin cancer if you do not protect your skin sufficiently with a good sun cream. You should apply the cream to all of your skin which will protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
Get your HGV ready
Hot weather can be hard on human beings, but it can also be taxing on vehicles like your HGV. When driving in hot weather, watch out for these common issues:
Blowout of a tyre: In hot weather, the risk of a blowout is higher because the tyres can accumulate heat and build up pressure. Everything around them is hot such as the metal parts, the tarmac, and the air in general. If a tyre overheats to a level beyond its intended capacity, the risk of a blowout increases. Unfortunately, there is little you can do keep your tyres cool. One thing you can do is to keep your tyres all properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s car specifications. A tyre that is underinflated can also raise the risk of a blowout. If you’re still in need of some more HGV training like obtaining your cat c1 licence, HGV Training Centre provide excellent HGV training.
Cold weather can affect the performance of your brakes. However, hot weather can affect your brakes, too. When the brakes are applied, this function produces friction which generates heat. Because the environment is already hot, this heat can have a bigger impact on the brakes and cause the brakes to lose their effectiveness. Brake failure is possible. To prevent this problem, make sure that your brake fluid is still relatively fresh and not too old. Check your brake pads to make sure they are in good condition. Keep a good distance from the vehicle in front of you so that you will have lots of time to slow down before you have to apply your brakes.