“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ― Mark Twain
It’s that time of year again. Spring. Truck drivers, perhaps more than anyone else, notice the arrival of this season first. It’s the time when we start seeing more windows down while driving. More fruit stands. Warmer temperatures. Budding trees. Beautiful flowers. There’s also daylight savings time.
Seeing the sun and feeling a gentle breeze as we drive down the open road can be invigorating. For those who suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, however, precautions should be made. Common seasonal allergy symptoms, such as watery eyes, sneezing and fatigue, can significantly handicap driving ability, says a study in the July issue of Allergy. Allergy symptoms’ effect on driving was comparable to having a blood-alcohol concentration nearing impaired levels, according to the researchers.
Surviving Seasonal Allergies
Following these suggestions from leading resources can help you survive seasonal allergies in Springtime:
*Keep windows closed to avoid letting in pollen.
*Use a good, clean HEPA filter on your fan unit to reduce irritants from vents.
*Limit outside exposure when pollen counts are the highest. Stay inside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. on warm and dry mornings, and throughout dry and windy days. The safest time for outdoor activities is immediately after a heavy rainfall.
*Minimize contact with people, pets, and things that may bring pollen inside the cab.
*Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen.
*Wash your face and hands after you’ve been outside to remove pollen.
*While unloading, or sweeping out the trailer, wear a mask to reduce the amount of irritants.
*Wash bed linens in hot, soapy water once a week.
*Take symptoms seriously. If you feel sleepy, then rest or see a doctor to help control allergy symptoms. Be aware of the pollen count!! Stay alert and alive.
About Millis Transfer
Mills 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.