The busy season of summer is here. It is now the time of more construction, more traffic and more heat. As a driver, you need to make sure you are prepared.
Use these tips to stay at your best during one of the busiest times of the year.
Take care of yourself
The most important thing during peak season as a driver is to make sure you are taking care of yourself. If you are not, you will not be able to maintain high volumes and frequent hauls.
-Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is important all year round, but it’s especially important in the hot summer months. Proper hydration also increases alertness, boosts immunity and keeps all of your body’s systems running properly. Aim for 8-10 glasses a day to make sure your body stays hydrated.
-Get enough sleep: Being well rested helps your body fight off any illness and reduce stress levels. Sleep deprivation can cause your body to run down and make you more suspectable to burn out. Get 7-9 hours a night can ensure you stays healthy and alert.
-Take personal precautions for your health: This summer season is different from any other. Taking safety precautions can help ensure a smooth season with no disruptions or harm. Make sure you keep a mask, hand sanitizer and other necessary supplies with you in order to protect yourself from COVID-19.
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Prepare for more traffic
During the summer, congestion increases. With more vehicles on the road, there are higher rates of accidents. Prioritizing safety and avoiding distracted driving can help keep you safe on the road all season long.
More traffic can also mean more stress on the road. Find a calming activity to reduce stress that you enjoy. This could be exercising, meditation, cooking, yoga, or being around friends and family. Find what works best for you to make sure your stress levels stay in check.
Summer can be an unpredictable time for weather, and it pays to be prepared. Temperatures and conditions can vary greatly across the country so take note of your location and get ready accordingly.
Heavy rainfall is also likely. To stay safe in the rain, be sure to slow down and leave room to avoid hydroplaning. Very little water can cause hydroplaning in a truck so be sure to adjust your speed according to the amount of water on the roadway.
Summer peak can be manageable if you are ready for it. Learn more lifestyle and safety tips here.