Being a professional truck driver, you have to spend several hours behind the wheel in the burning temperature of biting summer that can largely expose you to sun damage. As you drive a truck daily, one side of your face always remains exposed to the sun and is highly likely to develop sun damage. Sun damage affects the skin and has a harmful impact on the eyes. It happens when UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun hit the exposed part of the skin. The wavelengths of UV light are not visible to the naked eyes and are divided into three major categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC rays rarely reach the earth as they are mostly absorbed by the ozone layer, while UVA and UVB cause sun damage.
Although most trucks and vehicles are equipped with laminated windshields that block UV rays from entering inside, you’re still exposed to UV rays as rare, and the side windows of trucks are not laminated to filter out UV rays. In this situation, you must protect your skin against UV rays by taking certain safety measures, which we’re going to discuss in this article.
How can Truck Drivers protect their skin from sun damage
Here’re some useful safety tips that can help you protect your skin from sun damage.
Use sunscreen every time you get behind the wheel.
According to dermatologists, you can develop sun damage even on a cloudy day unless you put on a high-quality sunscreen every time before hitting the road. Apply sunscreen, especially on the highly exposed skin parts on summer days. You should use sunscreen on bright winter days as well.
Use High-Quality UV-Blocking Sunglasses
Eyes are sensitive to UV-rays and can develop the most visible sun damage after exposure to the sun for a few hours only. A great and simple way to protect your eyes from sunburns is to wear sunglasses that are capable of filtering out the UV rays. This type of sunglasses is easily available in the market. Having at least two to three pairs of these sunglasses on hand is helpful if you’re on a long journey and misplace your current pair. Sunglasses have many other bonuses in addition to UV-blocking. For example, they help you drive smoothly and safely on the road with a lot of glares.
Use long sleeves to protect your arms against sun damage.
Besides the face, your left arm is another significant part of your skin that is highly exposed to the sunlight. Prolonged exposure to the sun can develop a “trucker’s tan” on your left arm. The best way to avoid it is to wear long-sleeved shirts while driving. You can take the sleeves out when you get out of your truck. However, it’s important to keep in mind that fabric can’t offer foolproof protection against UV rays; therefore, you must apply sunscreen even when your skin is covered.
Avoid direct sunlight exposure during peak hours.
In summer and a few days of fall, the sun hangs lower between peak hours which are from 10 am to 1 or 2 pm. In this period of the day, the intensity of UV rays is usually at the highest level. So, if possible, avoid hitting the road during this time, or at least keep your windows up and take regular breaks out of the sun to prevent exposure buildup.
Stay in contact with Your doctor regularly.
If you see even a mild sign of sun damage, don’t hesitate to consult with your family doctor. Have a routine visit to your doctor for skin cancer screenings and get advice on the safety measures you’re following. Always remember that your health comes first over everything, and prolonged sun exposure can lead to various skin conditions that can turn into disorders if not treated in the early stages. Regular screening allows you to be sure that you and your skin are in good health.
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