Drinks Lots Of Water

As the temperature rises, you will be sweating more which can lead to you losing bodily fluids. You can top these levels up by drinking water regularly. When you do this it will also help to lower the temperature in your body, which will help you to stay cooler when it gets really hot.

If you are not replacing these fluids, this can result in mild dehydration or dehydration which causes stomach upset, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. This can lower your concentration levels and this can become dangerous when you are driving an HGV and to any motorist that is around you. This is why it is important to stay well hydrated over the months of summer.

Make sure you are hydrated before you get into your HGV, and keep water with you while you are on your journey. It is also a good idea to freeze a few bottles or store the bottles around a few ice packs. This will keep your water cold so that it is still pleasant to drink later on.

Beware Of The Glare

The summer months can increase your risk of vision impairments when you are driving, this is especially true when you are driving towards the sun. This is often distracting and can delay your reaction times when it comes to any issues that may arise while driving on a road.

HGV drivers should travel with sunglasses, which help to keep vision glare-free and protects the eyes from those harmful UV rays.

Wear Sun Block – Even Inside Your Truck

Carrying on from what was mentioned above, an increase in UV rays also increases the risks of sunburn. This is even true when you are seated in your HGV. Maybe only your arms are exposed to constant sunlight, but this can become dangerous, and you should provide adequate protection for any body part that is constantly in the sun. Invest in a good quality sunblock that will protect you from UVB and UVA rays. Here is an article from T3 that has several great options.

Prepare Your HGV

Do you still need more training for your HGV? If you want to know the difference between hgv and lgv licenses, then HGV Training has the blog for you. The heat is often difficult for humans to deal with, but this same heat can also result in problems with vehicles, such as your HGV, as well. Be mindful of these common issues that can come about when the temperature starts to rise:

Tyre Blowout

Hot weather can be problematic for tyres. When everything starts heating around them (the tarmac, external metal, and even the air) the risks of blowouts will increase since the tyres accumulate pressure and heat very quickly. If a tyre has heated above its “design specifications”, this is usually when blowouts happen. There aren’t really any ways to keep your tyres cool but you must ensure they are inflated properly according to the manufacturer’s specifications since an under-inflated tyre will also increase the risks of a blowout.

Brake Fade

Many drivers are aware that very cold weather may impact their brakes, but hot weather also has the potential to negatively affect how your brakes perform. When activated, brakes cause friction, and this causes heat. When it is already hot outside, this type of heat is far more dramatic and a lot harder to reduce. This can result in your brakes losing their effectiveness, becoming unpredictable, or failing altogether.

To prevent these hazards, make sure the brake fluid is not too old, your brake pads are in the best condition, and you allow enough time to properly slow down before you use your brakes when possible.