While many industries are experiencing significant downturns and even layoffs, there are some professionals who are in especially high demand during the COVID-19 outbreak. The trucking industry is one of those essential services that finds itself on the front lines in our fight against COVID-19. People all over the United States still need food and other supplies, and truck drivers are helping to create some sense of continuity. The increased need for medical supplies and other essential items has created an increased demand for truck drivers in many parts of the country.
How Can Truck Drivers Stay Safe During COVID-19?
Like many other professionals who find themselves front and center in the fight against this virus, truck drivers need to be especially careful to protect their health. The best truck driving companies are enacting measures to help protect their drivers and all other employees. One of the most important things people can do to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak is to stay informed. Trucking companies that care about their employees are monitoring the situation every day to refine their use of preventative measures.
Pickups and Dropoffs
One thing that puts some truck drivers at risk is the way they interact without others while performing their job. Riding in the truck alone isn’t especially risky, especially with good sanitization practices, but drivers can risk exposure when picking up or dropping off their load. The best way to minimize this risk is to have drivers be mindful of how they interact with people at these other locations. If there’s a way to avoid having the driver go in and out of different buildings, the trucking company can explore their options to keep their drivers safe. Furthermore, truck drivers are advised to pay attention to their own health so they can avoid contact with others if they start to show any symptoms.
COVID-19 is most likely to be spread through airborne particles, but it’s also possible for surfaces to become contaminated by the virus. To avoid airborne particles, truck drivers may choose to wear facemasks while interacting with others or going into buildings. It’s also critical for drivers to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, especially after they’ve interacted with others or been in a public place. It’s also a good idea to keep some hand sanitizer in the truck cabin. As far as the cabin goes, truck drivers are encouraged to keep their area especially clean and use disinfecting wipes on their surfaces.
One of the things that makes life difficult for truck drivers is that so many other places are closed. For example, it may be more difficult to stop for a bite to eat or take a shower than it was in the past. The good news is that states are already taking steps to make sure they provide the resources required for essential workers like truck drivers.
Become a Truck Driver with Duncan & Son Lines Today!
Here at Duncan and Son Lines, our business has been family owned and operated since it began in 1943. Our commitment to creating a caring community affects every aspect of our business and culture, especially now. We’re dedicated to keeping our drivers safe, happy, and healthy. We’re also working hard to do our part to stimulate the economy and keep people employed during these uncertain times. If you’re interested in finding reliable, respectable work, check our open positions.
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