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Summer Driving Tips for Heavy Truck Drivers

September 5, 2015
By Jeffery White

With summer just around the corner, it is time to think about all of the changes that are happening on the roadways. Even though winter and snow are on the way out, it’s no reason to start getting careless. The following will provide you and your drivers with some summer driving safety tips to consider when getting out on the roadways.

Damage to the Roads

With the snow gone, the roads that you knew a year ago might be somewhat different today. There could be new damage, potholes, and other issues that could cause problems when you are driving. Even if you feel that you know the roads very well, you really must make sure that you are paying full attention to the road at all times.

Always Perform Inspections Prior to Summer Driving

You want your vehicle to perform well on the roads, and that means you need to take care of the truck. Check the tire pressure, the wipers, and the fluid. Look for oil leaks and any other potential problems that might rear their head when you are on the road. Do a full inspection before the start of a long trip, and mini inspections each day that you start driving. This ensures that you do not miss anything important.

Summer Driving Tips To Abide By the Law

The laws are in place for a reason. You need to abide by them for your safety, as well as the safety of all of the other motorists sharing the road with you. Drive the appropriate speed. Don’t be aggressive during summer driving. You have a large vehicle that has the potential to do a lot of damage if you lose control, so drive calmly and cautiously. Also, do not drive when you are tired. It can be tempting for some drivers to try to get in an extra few miles, but this could end up causing serious problems for the driver and the owner of the fleet.

Beware the Glare

This can affect drivers throughout the year, but it seems to cause more problems in the summer months thanks to the longer days. It’s a good idea to invest in a pair of quality sunglasses that can help to keep the sun out of the driver’s eyes. Then keep the rest of these summer driving tips in mind.

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