Summer is here! And for truck drivers who spend long hours on the road, the sun can be brutal. Not only is the heat a problem, but the amount of sun drivers are exposed to is concerning as well.
“UV rays can damage your skin in 15 minutes,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Truck drivers spend a lot of time in the sun. The windows on a truck simply do not provide enough protection. Truckers are also exposed to sun rays when loading and unloading freight.
Avoiding sunlight is inevitable. But there are ways truck drivers can protect themselves. Here are some useful tips for truckers that may help lessen sun exposure, therefore preventing sun damage.
- Wear sunscreen! It sounds like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised by how many truckers leave home without it. There are many different types of sunscreens to choose from. However, broad spectrum or multi-spectrum protectants are your best choice.
- Cover your skin. Hats, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants will help protect truck drivers from the sunlight. Keep as much skin covered as possible.
- Invest in good sunglasses. Look for sunglasses that specifically block out UV rays, these are your best options. They provide the greatest protection from sun damage.
- Be mindful of peak hours. The sun’s rays are most powerful during the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Avoid taking breaks outside during this time.
- Screen for skin cancer regularly. Early detection is key. There are tons of free screenings across the U.S. Additionally, you should learn how to perform self-checks as well.
While there’s no way for truck drivers to avoid sunlight completely, taking necessary precautions will help reduce the impact of sun exposure. What are some other helpful tips for preventing sun damage? Comment below.