It’s a 90 degree day in the middle of summer. You approach the rig you left parked in direct sunlight, and now you’re paying the consequences. Hot air, hot steering wheel, hot everything.
While we can’t change the weather, we can offer a few recommendations to make your driving experience a bit more comfortable.
Here are a couple tips and tricks to keep your truck cool in the summer.
#1 Park in a Shaded Area
It should have to go without saying, but always park in a shaded area when possible. Avoiding direct sunlight will keep the steering wheel and other surfaces from becoming too hot.
#2 Park with Your Tractor to the Sun
It’s not as good as being able to park in the shade; however, try using your trailer to block the sun from shining on your cab. Even if you’re bobtailing, parking facing away from the sun will hopefully keep the sunlight from heating up the driver’s seat or steering wheel.
#3 Have Extra Blankets on Hand
We know what you’re thinking, Blankets to keep cool? Don’t worry, it’s not what you think. When there isn’t a shaded area to park your rig, throw a blanket or two over the seat and the steering wheel. While the cab may still get muggy, at least the surfaces will remain relatively cool to the touch.
#4 Keep the Windows Cracked
Crack your windows just a bit to promote ventilation throughout the cab. However, always be sure to check that the crack is smaller than the width of an arm, in order to prevent theft.
#5 Have Water on Hand
Since following the above recommendations isn’t always possible, it’s a good idea to keep plenty of water on hand. Your risk of dehydration is greater during the summer months, and that risk only increases in the unfortunate case of having to change a tire or secure a load.
Do you have a trick for keeping your rig cool during the summer months? If so, share it in the comments!
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