No AC? No Problem.

Jun 13, 2011
Fleet Safety Summer Heat

Summer is here, and that means that your drivers will find themselves working in hotter conditions. Exposure to extreme summer temperatures can cause major health issues, including heat stroke. If any of your vehicles have broken air conditioners, your drivers are at an increased risk. So here are some tips to keep cool without AC, courtesy of WikiHow.

       Plan your travel times. Early morning is often the coolest time of the day, and if you are not on a fixed schedule, to work, for instance, you can plan on doing as much driving as possible before the heat is unbearable. 
 
       Work with the traffic flow. Avoid "rush hours", when people are on their way to work, or home afterward. This event may cause you to be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic hardly moving along at all.

      Look for shady routes to your frequent destinations. If you drive in a north or south direction, tree-lined streets and roadways are often shady for much of the day.
 
       Roll down the windows. If you have a fan operated fresh air vent, open it, turn on the fan, and open a rear window enough to draw a draft through your automobile. A sun roof or sliding back window will draw a lot of fresh air, even when you are barely moving.

       Install reflective window tinting on the windshield and windows. This can offer a substantial reduction in direct sunlight coming into your car. (Note: check with your state to ensure this is legal. Some states do not allow this practice.)

      Put a fan on the dashboard or hang it from the visor. There are a number of inexpensive 12-volt fans available at auto parts stores and retailers that plug into a cigarette lighter plug to move air.

      Dress down. If you have a long commute to work or school, you may be able to drive in short pants and a tee shirt, then change in a restroom or locker room at work, leaving you cleaner and cooler for the day ahead.
 
      A 10lb block of ice on the floorboards under a vent will help cool things down. This was “Arizona AC” in the 40's and 50's.The ice block can rest in a plastic pan or baking tin. Opening a window a little will help with airflow.

      Take a cooler. Pack a cooler with enough ice to keep your drinks cold. For the extreme, drink the melted ice water!

      Bring a cold pack. The night before work, put a cold pack in the freezer. Before you leave the next morning, take it out and wrap it in a towel. It will last a while.

Use these helpful tips to keep your drivers cool, comfortable, and safe in the months ahead.

[via WikiHow]

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