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From Behind the Wheel to Under the Sun: The Importance of Sun Protection for Truckers

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

As truck drivers, we spend hours on the road, exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays. Prolonged sun exposure can cause a range of health issues, including skin cancer, premature aging, and eye damage. It is essential to protect yourself from the sun while on the road to prevent these health risks.


Prolonged sun exposure can cause a range of health issues, including skin cancer, premature aging, and eye damage. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and truck drivers are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer due to prolonged sun exposure.


Premature aging is another common health issue caused by prolonged sun exposure.

The sun's UV rays can damage the skin's elastin fibers, causing the skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

Eye damage is another health risk associated with prolonged sun exposure. The sun's UV

rays can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye issues. It is essential to protect your eyes from the sun while on the road.


The impact of sun exposure on truckers can be significant. Prolonged sun exposure can cause fatigue, headaches, and dehydration. These symptoms can affect a truck driver's ability to concentrate and drive safely.


Fatigue is a common symptom of prolonged sun exposure. The sun's heat can cause the

30 year trucker with sun damage
30 year trucker with sun damage

body to become dehydrated, leading to fatigue and exhaustion. Headaches are another common symptom of prolonged sun exposure. The heat and glare from the sun can cause headaches, making it difficult for a truck driver to concentrate.


Dehydration is another common symptom of prolonged sun exposure. The sun's heat can cause the body to lose fluids, leading to dehydration. Dehydration can cause fatigue, headaches, and other health issues.


There are several tips for protecting yourself from the sun while on the road.

  1. It is essential to wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants. These clothes can provide added protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.

  2. It is essential to wear a hat or visor to protect your face and neck from the sun. A hat or visor can provide extra shade and help prevent sunburn.

  3. It is important to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's harmful UV rays. Sunglasses can reduce glare and prevent eye damage.

  4. It is essential to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. It is recommended to use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

We encourage all truck drivers to take sun protection seriously and to incorporate it into their daily routine. By taking the necessary precautions, we can prevent health issues caused by prolonged sun exposure and ensure that we are safe and healthy on the road.

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