When it's hot outside, especially in states like Florida or Texas, truck drivers need to take extra precautions as they are most exposed to the heat wave. It is a serious problem and can cause serious health conditions and even death.
It is important to take precautionary measures
According to the EPA, 1300 people die each year in the United States alone due to extreme heat . So to be a truck driver, sitting behind the wheel all summer, you need to take some precautions to protect yourself. Some of them are:
- Drink plenty of fluids: As the temperature rises, your body begins to cool down to maintain your natural body temperature. And it does so by releasing sweat that lowers your temperatures. But if it is released too much, it can cause dehydration. To avoid this, drink plenty of cold drinks (avoid caffeine and alcohol). Drinking plenty of water is the best way to replenish body fluids.
- Remove unnecessary clothing: The more layers of clothing you wear, the warmer your body becomes, which can cause a number of problems, including heat stroke, difficulty breathing, dehydration and so on. So wear light, breathable clothing and do not put layers on yourself.
- Take cool showers: When you're on the go, you may have nowhere to stop and take a cool shower. But if you can invest a few dollars in a motel, get a room when the sun is in full shape, take a shower, relax for an hour or two and when you are completely dry, hit the road again. This prevents you from getting exhausted when driving in extreme temperatures.
- Proper airflow: Make sure your truck has a suitable airflow. You will spend hours in a box of pewter; you need adequate ventilation and a working air conditioner to keep you cool. Also drive as much as you can under the shadows and do not park your truck in the open sun, as it heats up quickly.
Symptoms of Heat-Related Health Problems
Even when following thermal voltage safety protocols, it is imperative to be aware of the symptoms of a heat-related problem. So if you experience any of them, you know you need to go to the emergency room.
- Heat Stroke: The most serious and risky health condition one can experience from the heat wave. If you experience seizures, unconsciousness and confusion, call 911 or seek help from a healthcare facility if available nearby.
- Heat exhaustion: Also known as dehydration, if you experience nausea, headache, irritability, heavy sweating, dizziness or weakness, seek help immediately.
- Heat cramps: Loss of salt in the body because sweating can cause painful muscle cramps. Be sure to rest, drink salty drinks or seek medical help. Having seizures while driving can lead to accidents.
Taking Care of Yourself – Obtaining a Truck Driver's Insurance
In addition to following these safety protocols and remembering the symptoms of heat stress, you should also obtain a truck driver's insurance. If an accident occurs or your health condition deteriorates, you will be compensated and taken care of. If you have any questions, please contact our parcel delivery department at (860) 453-0116 or visit our website at www.paradisoinsurance.com.