When Spring turns to Summer, the temperature starts to rise, and everyone wants to be outside, one of the biggest concerns becomes the sun.
Everyone knows that the sun can lead to painful sunburns and even skin cancer, so protection becomes very important. As a trucker, you might not think about the sun too often; after all, you spend most of your time in the shade of your cab, unless you are one of those drivers who enjoy sticking your arm out the window feeling the breeze in your hair.
You also risk sun exposure when you are loading your trailer, washing your rig, or even making a stop for a meal? Whether you are working your truck driving jobs or enjoying a day outside with your family, truckers need to know how to protect themselves from the sun.
Sun Protection Tips for Your Skin
Use the Right Sunscreen
Not all sunscreens are created equal, so you need to understand the differences to make the right choice. The American Association of Dermatology recommends broad-spectrum sunscreen because it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. The group also encourages you to purchase sunscreen that is water resistant, even if you’re not going swimming, because sweat can wash away sunscreen as well. As for SPF ratings, you should choose something in the range of SPF 30 to SPF 50. Most experts agree that anything lower than SPF 30 won’t provide enough protection, but the benefits are minimal when you go above SPF 50.
Be Extra Cautions During the Middle of the Day
If you’re planning on doing any outdoor activities, the best time, at least from a sun-protection perspective, is either the mornings or evenings. The sun does the most damage to your skin when it is right above you, so if you can get your outdoor chores and hobbies done early, then spend the rest of your day inside, or under the cover of your cab, you will be doing your skin a big favor. During the mornings and evenings, sunlight reaches you at an angle, meaning it travels through more of the Earth’s atmosphere, which can dull the harmful effects of UV rays.
Stay in the Shade When Possible
If you don’t want to get sunburned, stay in the shade. Pretty obvious, huh? No matter what you’re doing, whether it’s yard work, playing a sport, fishing, or simply going out for a walk, keep an eye out for shady spots where you can give your skin a break from the sun. For example, if you are fishing, find a shady tree by the water. If you are doing some landscaping, work on the side of the house that’s shaded, saving the sunny side for later in the day. This simple practice can let you stay outside for hours while avoiding the pain of sunburn.
Wear the Right Clothing and Accessories
With today’s modern fabrics and advanced materials, you can find comfortable clothing that will shade your skin and keep you cool. If you are planning a full day in the sun, make sure you have long-sleeve shirts, pants, and other clothing that will protect your skin. Remember to include a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses if you are going to spend a full day in the sun. In addition within your cab you may even consider protective gloves or sun sleeves. It might seem strange and not the most fashionable, but covering up is one of the most effective ways to prevent sunburn.
As for truck accessories, you may opt for a protective film for your driver window. Check with your carrier, or your state law for Owner Operators, but the clear film is generally legal and will block some of the harmful UV rays that you endure driving over the road.
Trucking Jobs with Top-Notch Companies
Once you and your truck are decked out with your sun protection accessories, CDLjobs.com will be here to help you find a great new career with great trucking companies in need of drivers.
Visit our Classifieds Section or browse our Company Listings to find the right job for your experience and skills.