Summer is here and with heat warnings in effect and humidex values reaching close to 40, the high temperatures could carry a real danger for drivers. Studies reveal that even mild dehydration can be the equivalent of being over the drunk-driving limit causing driver errors such as lane drifting, late braking, or crossing the rumble strip or lane line. Mild to moderate dehydration can cause headaches, tiredness, dizziness, and lethargy while severe dehydration can cause irritability, confusion, rapid heartbeat or even delirium or unconsciousness.
While it is extremely important to increase your fluid intake if you are working outdoors, especially when tarping and strapping, water loss from the skin and lungs can also occur during a long drive due to exposure to air conditioning.
Stay hydrated throughout the year, but especially during the warmer summer months.
Here are 4 tips for staying hydrated:
- Drink half your body weight in ounces every day (i.e. if you weigh 200 lbs., try to drink 100 ounces).
- Avoid drinks with caffeine.
- Eat foods high in water, such as fruits and vegetables.
- Don’t avoid drinking to minimize bathroom stops.
Staying hydrated will keep you healthy and give you more energy to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Remember, if you ever feel drowsy, dizzy, or confused, pull over, get hydrated and don’t drive until you can do so safely.
For more information, contact Canada Cartage.