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Safe Trucking in Summer

Ideally, summer means perfect road and weather conditions for driving; however, there are some hazards that drivers, especially truck drivers, need to consider for their health and safety. Here are a few ways our drivers ensure their safety during summer.

Protect Thyself

The sun’s out, and you want to take it all in as much as you can, which is good, but remember that too much of it can be dangerous for your health. Rising temperatures can cause dehydration, so our drivers ensure plenty of water is being consumed while working on hot days. While all our trucks have proper air-conditioning, our drivers still wear sunblock to protect them from the sun’s UV rays entering through the windows. They are also encouraged to use the overhead sunshade to protect their eyes while sporting cool-lookin’ sunglasses.

Be Extra Cautious

Roads get much busier in the summer from children spending more time outdoors, tourists trooping into town, and industries like construction taking advantage of the season. As a truck driver, you need to pay extra attention during this period while on the road to avoid unwanted incidents. One thing our drivers do before starting a journey is to check their route to identify busy areas and delays. This routine check allows them to re-route if necessary while ensuring their delivery schedule can still be completed safely and efficiently.

Summer Doesn’t Mean Clear Skies

While summer months don’t come with snowstorms or black ice, truck drivers still need to look out for high winds and heavy rain that can create hazardous driving conditions. As you might do when you’re taking a road trip in your own car, our drivers also find it helpful to check the weather that lies ahead of them and be prepared in advance to limit any surprises.

Get Your Truck Ready

Hot temperatures and heat waves make your truck vulnerable to certain risks like a tire blowout or brake fades which can lead to dangerous situations on the road. For the safety of our drivers, Mustang Freightways performs regular maintenance on all our trucks, like oil changes, tune-ups, and battery and tire pressure checks to mitigate the risks that come with the rising temperatures during the summer season.

No Exceptions

This one is obvious, but our drivers do not multitask on the road. They understand that when they are behind the wheel, it’s just them and the road in front of them. Our drivers have sparkling driving records and realize that anything that can be a distraction, like using mobile phones or even eating on the go, must be avoided. This practice is not only for their safety but also for the safety of other road users.

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