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Published: 19th July 2022

The Higher the Heat, the Higher the Risk for Long Haul Drivers.

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Long distance hauliers face severe exposure to harsh weather conditions, SMUK take safety seriously and with the current heatwave, it is even more essential to consider the effects of driving in such high temperatures.
As the temperature climbs, so does the risk factor for drivers. Most drivers now have air conditioning but for those still struggling, here are a few hints and tips you need to watch out for, when taking a long-haul trip:
Heat Cramps can be the first sign of a heat-related illness, possibly leading to heat exhaustion or stroke. Symptoms could be heavy sweating, painful muscle cramps and spasms, usually in the legs and abdomen. To treat apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm. Take sips of water unless you feel nauseous. If the cramps last longer than 1 hour, then it is advised you seek immediate medical attention.
Heat Exhaustion could include symptoms of heavy sweating, weakness or tiredness, cool, pale, clammy skin, a fast and/or weak pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headache and feeling faint. To treat move into a cooler environment, preferably a well air-conditioned spot, loosen clothing and apply a cool, wet cloth. If accessible sit in a cool bath. Take sips of water and if symptoms worsen or last longer than 1 hour seek medical attention.
Heat Stroke can be dangerous if not treated accordingly. Symptoms could include throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, body temperature above 39°, hot, red, dry or damp skin, rapid and strong pulse, fainting, loss of consciousness.
Heat Stroke is a severe medical emergency, delay getting help can be fatal. Move to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned environment, reduce body temperature with cool cloths and any accessible bathing options. Use a fan if temperatures are below 32, a fan can make you hotter in higher temperatures. Do NOT give fluid and call 999 or seek hospital attention immediately.