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Keep Truckin’ and Keep Cool This Summer

The weather is the summer can get pretty hot, muggy, sticky, and uncomfortable. You don’t have to grin and bear it though – these tips will help truckers keep cool in the hottest summer months so that you can keep truckin’.

Stay Hydrated

The first key to keeping cool is to stay hydrated. Your best bet is to drink plain water, but if you want some extra flavour you can drink water infused with a flavour enhancer or a sports beverage like Gatorade. Avoid drinking weak hydrators like coffee, tea, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages (of course!). Drinks high in sugar and caffeine pull fluid from your body, which not only dehydrates you but affects your ability to sweat and cool yourself down. Drink at least eight to ten servings of water a day. Remember, if you feel thirsty, you’re dehydrated.

Eat Light Meals

Hearty meals and hot foods great in the winter, but in the summer you’ll want to switch up your diet. Big meals slow you down and make you feel heavy and slow. Instead, eat light meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables, which have high water content to keep you healthy and hydrated.

Cold Shower

It gets sweaty on the road, but pulling into a truck stop for a quick refreshing shower can be a huge relief. In addition to cleaning your body, a cold shower increases alertness, improves circulation, speeds up muscle recovery, and eases stress.


Do you have a habit of resting your left arm on the open window? On a particularly sunny day, this arm can get sunburnt quickly and leave you with a painful and itchy burn. Either keep your arms indoors, or protect your arm with a layer of sunscreen with high SPF. Remember to reapply periodically.

Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing

Light and loose-fitting clothing can make you feel a lot cooler. Wear lighter colours like white and beige instead of dark colours that attract heat. Loose-fitting clothes also protect your body from excessive fluid loss through sweat.

Driving Time

The temperature is coolest between about nine PM and nine AM, which makes it an ideal time to drive. If your schedule allows, consider driving after the sunset or shortly after sunrise. As much as possible, avoid driving during the sun’s peak, between 10 AM and 4 PM, when temperatures and humidity levels are highest.

Take a Break

If you feel overheated, light-headed, or dizzy, pull over the side immediately. Heat-related conditions like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can be deadly if you’re driving a truck. Pull over to the side, crank the A/C, rehydrate yourself, and don’t continue until you are fully recovered.
These tips should help truckers stay cool on even the hottest days this summer.