HGV Drivers: How to stay cool

Summer’s here and with heat waves approaching we thought we’d share some tips on how HGV Drivers can stay cool this summer. It’s essential in the heat to take extra precautions to keep yourself and road users safe.

Stay Hydrated

When it’s hot it’s so important to stay hydrated. Make sure you take plenty of water out with you. Top up your water when you can and make sure you drink it! You don’t want to get dehydrated!

Wear sunglasses

Make sure to wear sunglasses that block out UV light! Glare can be an absolute nightmare when you spend hours behind an HGV wheel. Too much of it can cause headaches and distractions, making your time on the road more dangerous.

Wear suncream

Whenever the sun is out make sure to wear suncream, especially on your right arm you don’t want to get a driver’s arm!

Because of the driver’s location in the cab, just by the window, truckers are constantly exposed to the sun. UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) penetrate skin layers, destroying the elastic fibres, and causing premature ageing and even cancer.

Photos published a few years ago by the “New England Journal of Medicine” show what the sun can do to the face of a driver who for 28 years behind the wheel was regularly exposed to the effects of the sun. Here is the face of the 69-year-old:

HGV Drivers: How to stay cool

Roll those windows down

A refreshing breeze goes a long way during the hotter months of the year. The easiest way to keep yourself cool is to simply roll down the window. This can be a more cost-effective option than using air conditioning. However, you’ll want to make sure you’re not exposing yourself to a lot of distracting noise or pollution.

For a more refreshing experience, consider adding a little of the cold water from your bottle to the back of your neck and hair when you’re on your break.

Dress the part

Wear shorts and a t-shirt, of course, it depends on who you work for if they have a dress code etc.

A lot of sites require you to wear trousers and certain PPE so make sure you still have that to hand so you can change if necessary.

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