This is nothing better than sitting behind the wheel, enjoying a warm breeze along miles and miles of beautiful, rolling highway. This year, however, things are expected to be a little warmer than most.
According to the June-August outlook from the Weather Channel, “Well-above average temperatures are expected this summer for the northern tier of states, from the Pacific Northwest into the northern Plains, Great Lakes and Northeast. Warmer than average temperatures will also extend from southern California into the central and southern Plains and Southeast. The only area where cooler than average temperatures are currently expected this summer is for portions of central and south Texas.”
While the warm weather can be relaxing and wonderful, heat can bring adverse effects. Warmer than average summers impact drivers and the reliability of transportation. On a 90-degree day, surface temperatures can easily exceed 150 degrees. Think about what that does to a tire. According to Consumer Reports, tire blowouts are on the rise, creating a number of potential dangers. Believe it or not, just having your tires properly inflated will go a long way toward avoiding such failures.
With higher than average forecasts, tires are not the only concern. Drivers must also exercise caution. It is important, for a number of reasons, to be aware of the temperature readings. Keep in mind that the temperature on a thermometer is not necessarily the temperature for which you should be concerned. The relative humidity in an environment can significantly affect what is known as the “apparent temperature,” or the temperature you actually feel. According to Healthline.Com, “If the air temperature reads 85 F, but there’s zero humidity, it will actually feel like it’s 78 F, whereas the same air temperature in an environment with 80 percent humidity will feel like 97 F.”
Because high environmental temperatures can be dangerous to the human body, it is important to gauge temperatures accurately. “In the range of 90 to 105 F, heat cramps and exhaustion may occur. Between 105 and 130 F, heat exhaustion is almost certain, and activities should be significantly limited.” According to Healthline.Com, “An environmental temperature over 130 degrees F is likely to lead to heatstroke.”
Have fun traveling, but stay aware of the temperature and humidity. Being cautious and alert are some of the most important keys to a safer, more secure driving experience this summer.
About Millis Transfer
Millis Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information, please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.