When it comes to trucking, you take a lot of risks. One of the risks that you may not think about as often is sun damage. Understanding truck driver sun damage is critical to protecting your skin.
Sun Damage Risks
When you’re exposed to too much sunlight, it breaks down the collagen in your skin and prevents it from producing more collagen. The signs of sun damage include:
- Unusual freckles
- Skin spots
- Spider veins
- Rough texture
Truckers who do not take sun damage seriously may have obvious signs of aging on one side of their face compared to the other. Even minimal sun damage can lead to skin cancer and premature wrinkling.
Protect Against Sun Damage
Fortunately, there are ways that you can protect yourself against sun damage. Sunscreen use is one of the most effective methods against sun damage. You need a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF 30.
Also, try to avoid driving between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. These are peak hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you do drive during the day, remember to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun.
As a trucker, you take a lot of precautions throughout your day to protect your vehicle and your cargo. While taking precautions, don’t forget yourself in the process.