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Truck Drivers: Here’s How You Stay Cool This Summer

Truck drivers have to deal with a lot of different conditions, but the heat of summer is probably the hardest. Getting too hot can make you uncomfortable, sweaty, and drowsy, and make it more difficult to concentrate and drive safely.

 

If you and your rig are looking to beat the heat this summer, here are some things you should try.

 

oil tanker truck on highway road container

 

Perform the Right Maintenance

  • Check your AC – A properly functioning air conditioning unit is essential for long summer drives. Make sure you look at your antifreeze levels, condenser fins, and drive belt and keep everything in working order.
  • Adjust your tires – There’s nothing worse than having to spend time out in the sun dealing with a blown tire. Check your treads and lower the pressure slightly to account for the warm air expanding.
  • Make sure your truck’s ready – The heat will cause problems with other parts of your truck apart from the tires, including fluid levels, belts, electronics, and batteries. Check them frequently to avoid a long, hot breakdown.

Keep Yourself Cool

  • Stay hydrated – Dehydration will only worsen the effects of heat. Drink plenty of water and keep some in the cab with you at all times. Try not to drink too much coffee, as it’ll only make you thirstier.
  • Rest often – As you’d already know, long periods of concentration take a lot of energy. As you use that energy and your heart rate goes up, your body heat will rise too. Lower the stress on your body by taking breaks as often as you can.
  • Keep out of the sun – You’ll feel the heat from sunburn long after it’s happened, so make sure you cover up your arms with long sleeves or sunblock.

 

car air conditioning controls

 

Get the Right Accessories

Having the right accessories can make all the difference to a long-haul trip. Comfortable truck bedding is a good start, and a 12-volt drink cooler to have in your cabin can make a big difference.

 

One of the best ways of all to stay cool is to invest in a high-quality cooling truck seat. Prioritizing comfort, support, and climate control over anything else, these AC truck replacement seats can make a long, hot drive feel like a cool breeze.

 

At Suburban Seating & Safety, we’re always looking out for your comfort. From Boston Wide Ride + Serta Truck Seats to National Admiral auto replacement seats, we’ve got everything you need to ride out every season. Start shopping or contact us now on (844) 727-7328 for the finest custom truck seats on the road.

 

Hot Highway Habits: Professional Truck Drivers Tips for Summer

As a professional driver, you know that safety concerns vary by season. With the right seats for trucks, safety products, and truck interior accessories, you can take the heat out of summer driving and avoid the potholes along the way.

 

Hot Highway

 

Top Tips for Summer Hauling

 

  • Check Your Rig

The inspection walk-around is even more important in the summer. Tires lose pressure more easily and are softer from the heat. Cooling systems are under greater pressure. Do a check at every stop and keep doors locked to prevent curious children from getting trapped inside or hitching a ride.

 

  • Sit Comfortably

The right truck seat and safety belt harness will work together to keep you comfortable on a long hot drive. Your belt should fit down over your hips with the shoulder belt on your shoulder, not across your neck. Consider replacing the safety harness if it can’t be adjusted to fit properly.

 

  • Keep Your Cool

It’s no secret that the heat causes irritability. Keeping your own head cool and professional will help you deal with the aggressive driving and short tempers around you. Keeping your seat cool can make a real difference – consider replacing a hot vinyl seat with a professional model with cooling technology, like the ComforTEK ventilation system in the National Admiral CT truck seat.

 

  • Keep Your Eye on the Little Guys

Summer brings motorcycles, bicycles, RVs, and pedestrians. Be aware when changing lanes and backing up of the increased odds of a pedestrian or vehicle being in the way. Do what you can to help them anticipate your moves with signals and sound alerts.

 

long cycle highway runs

 

  • Don’t Overwork Your A/C

 

Hot temps in the truck cab can make your job miserable in the summer, but the air conditioner uses so much fuel and adds to the stress on the cooling systems. Again, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to replace your worn-out seat with one with proper ventilation from Suburban Seats.

 

With advanced features all the way around, the National Admiral CT is incredibly comfortable, and we’ve added the ComforTEK ventilation system to keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. When driving is your profession, your seat should be professional grade. Check out the options today!