Nobody said truck driving was easy, but we here at Fleet Truck & RV Repair try to make it as easy for you as possible. Summer routes can be tough. It’s hot and that makes you tired, even if you do have an awesome AC unit in your cab. It’s important to avoid heat-related fatigue during your summer routes because this fatigue can directly affect your motor skills. Let us offer some tips to help you stay alert, even when it’s sweltering outside and you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
We understand that staying hydrated can make your route difficult if you have to stop numerous times to go to the bathroom, but one of the number one side effects of dehydration is fatigue. Everyone wakes up dehydrated, and you must work throughout the day to replenish your body’s water and keep it replenished. You lose precious water as you sweat, so drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and alert.
We Said Water for a Very Good Reason
We know you don’t want to hear this, but coffee, soda, tea, and even fruit juice does not hydrate you as well as water does. Caffeine is a natural diuretic, so you’ll lose whatever hydration you gained from the caffeinated beverages when you urinate. Sodas and fruit juices are filled with sugar, another dehydrator. Stick with water for the best hydration. You really will feel the difference in your mood and energy.
Get Water and Natural Sugar From Healthy Foods
Many healthy foods, especially summer foods, not only hydrate you but also provide some much-needed refreshment. Snack on fresh fruit and vegetables to stave hunger, keep you alert, and hydrate you. One of the best natural hydrators is watermelon. You can also cool off with natural frozen ice – don’t get the sugar-laden ice. Cucumbers, peaches, plums… all of these things have water in them.
Use Water Externally, Too
Finally, if you’re stuck in traffic and don’t want to run your AC unit or the unit is on the fritz, fill a squirt bottle with water and spray yourself regularly. The combination of water and air coming through the vents will help cool you off. It’s also a good idea to get out of your rig and move around throughout the day and get plenty of rest at night. Don’t let the heat wipe you out. Stay as refreshed as you can.