The UK is currently experiencing extreme heat reaching almost 40°c. These temperatures are extremely rare for the UK so let’s look at some ways to take extra care when being a courier driver. British weather can vary so much but during this unusual summer where its not raining, we want to make sure all courier drivers are safe and prepared for the extreme heat. We’re keen for everyone travelling on the roads during the heatwave to take extra precautions to keep safe and well. Find out more courier driver information here.

Now let’s look at some of the most important factors to enjoy being a courier driver:

Things to take with you as a courier driver:

Extreme Heat

Water – staying hydrated is probably the most crucial factor in this extreme heat, it’s important that you re-hydrate often to keep your body functioning properly. Hydration is always important, but especially in hot and humid weather, as you’ll tend to lose a lot of body fluids through sweat.

What to pack for long journeys?

  • Lots of Water
  • Sun cream
  • Sun Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Cold Food
  • Ice packs / Cool Bag to keep drinks and snacks cold
  • And maybe an umbrella just in case

What to do before you leave:

Check the vehicle – Drivers need to check their vehicles in advance to make sure they are roadworthy because can you imagine anything worse than being stuck on the side of the road in the 38°c heat? Ensure Tyre pressures are suitable for the load and check the condition of tyres, including the spare. Check oil levels regularly and top up if needed. Always keep your screen wash topped up to maximize the cleaning efficiency so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen easily. Before setting out make sure you have enough fuel to get to your destination.

In this extreme Heat make sure your AC is working as its using your vehicle’s built-in air conditioner is probably one of the best ways to stay cool in this heat. Keeping the windows shut while the air conditioning is on is more efficient and leads to better performance. For more tips see National Highways.

Route Plan – Make sure you check your route before setting off so you don’t experience any delays, as delays on roads and road closures are possible with potential for significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays as well as routes to coastal areas, lakes and rivers could be busier as significantly more people try to escape the extreme heat. It is crucial for everyone to plan their journey in advance, so they are better prepared for the hot weather. Simple steps such as taking bottles of drinking water with you are important to help keep you hydrated and safe.

Check Met office weather – Weather forecasts can change all the time and for all we know it could get even hotter so checking the weather before you leave to make sure you are prepared. Further weather advice and information can be found on the Met Office website.

While on the road:

Breaks – In hot weather you may feel like you need more breaks than usual. Sitting in the shade is an obvious choice for cooling off but it’s still important to pack sun cream to avoid getting burnt. When faced with hot weather our bodies try to regulate the heat and work harder to keep us cool, which can quickly make us feel tired so either stay hydrated or stop for a quick break.

Drink Regularly – It is all important to take plenty of water on your journey, but you must remember to drink it, regularly drinking is the most important factor to stay hydrated.

Just remember enjoy the road and stay hydrated

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