If your profession is truck driving, the beginning of summer is a time you breathe a subconscious sigh of relief. After all, the snow is long gone and you have months until you face treacherous winter weather driving again. However, bear in mind that summer driving is not without its fair share of hazards. Whether you engage in regional or over-the-road truck driving this summer, keep the following summertime highway safety tips in mind.
- Be wary of vacationers: From June 1 through the end of August, highways are more congested than usual because of families and friends taking road trips together. These travelers may be more easily distracted because they’re on vacation and are more likely to bend the rules for the sake of having fun. For this reason, you should keep a sharp eye out for motor homes, trailers and cars packed to the brim with people and luggage.
- Watch for two-wheel traffic: Motorcycle rallies are popular across the country in the summer. From Roar on the Shore in Erie, Pennsylvania to Thunder in the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado to the Hollister Rally in Hollister, California, there’s no escaping motorcycle traffic on highways in the summer.
- Drive attentively through construction zones: These pop up in great abundance from coast to coast during the summer because of the nice weather for doing roadwork. As you well know, construction zones come with lane reductions, traffic jams and high tempers. Of course, you’re always attentive while truck driving, but be extra cautious when driving your truck through these areas.
- Keep an eye on the weather: Summer might be a snow-free season, but there are plenty of inclement weather situations when it’s warm, such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding. Look up weather forecasts and plan your truck driving route accordingly to encourage a smooth ride to your destination.
- Be prepared for hot-weather breakdowns: It doesn’t get any more miserable than breaking down on a 100-degree day without air conditioning or water. Prepare for the worst by always keeping a battery-operated, hand-held fan and extra water bottles in the cab. This minor effort can make the difference between a comfortable wait and developing heat stroke.
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