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Latest News in the Trucking Industry Include CDC Guidance for Truck Drivers

The CDC released guidance for truck drivers that details important things they need to know about COVID-19, the risk of exposure, and how to take the appropriate precautions to reduce these risks. While most truck drivers spend numerous hours inside their cabs, there are times when they still have to have contact with other people, like at truck stops and rest areas, and when making deliveries.

 

It is during these times that truck drivers need to make sure they are doing the right things to stay safe, including:

 

1. Wear a protective face mask. A cloth mask or another style mask is appropriate and should cover the mouth and nose. It should be worn anytime you are in close contact with others.

 

Truck driver giving thumbs up during coronavirus pandemic

 

2. Wash and/or sanitize the hands frequently. Get into the habit of washing or sanitizing hands before and after making deliveries or having contact with surfaces outside the truck cab.

3. Disinfect and clean interior cab surfaces regularly. Wipe down the steering wheel, handles, armrests, and other such surfaces daily.

4. Practice safe social distancing when possible. Always maintain a distance of at least six feet from other individuals.

5. Wear gloves when refueling, unloading or loading cargo, or touching things outside the truck. Regular disposable gloves are fine. If you use work gloves, store them in a zip-locking plastic bag and wash them frequently. Replace the zip-locking bag each time you wash the gloves.

6. Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, or mouth when outside the truck. If the virus is on your gloves, it can be transferred to your face and increase the risk of infection.

7. Try to arrange contactless deliveries when possible. The less contact you have with other people, the better.

 

Truck driver with mask and gloves talking on the phone and reviewing documents

 

8. Use your phone or radio to communicate with others. If you must be outside the truck supervising the loading or unloading of the truck, maintain safe distancing and use your phone or radio for communications.

 

Keep in mind, this is just part of the CDC-recommended guidance for truck drivers. For the latest news in the trucking industry regarding COVID-19, be sure to visit the CDC website.

 

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Changes in the Trucking Industry Due to the COVID-19 Crisis

There are been several changes in the trucking industry since the COVID-19 pandemic swept its way across the country. From states issuing mandatory stay-at-home/safer-at-home orders to non-essential businesses closing, the virus has affected everyone in some manner—especially truck drivers.

 

Truck drivers going to their favorite truck stops have had to adapt to not being able to socialize and visit when stopping to refuel, get a bite to eat, or take a break from driving. Instead, it has become harder for them to find cooked meals, take a shower, or even find a bathroom that is open.

 

Truck drivers have been concerned they are being asked to work to deliver needed supplies but without access to the usual services they need. Fortunately, many restaurants that are still open have started to get creative—like allowing truck drivers to order food on an app and have it brought out to their truck.

 

truck passing rest area on the road

 

Numerous states have also reopened rest stops and restrooms so truck drivers can have access to these facilities. Truck stops have placed restrictions to limit the number of truckers inside at one time so they can shower and do laundry but not “hang out” in lounges or other areas.

 

Many communities have even put together “care packages” for truck drivers that include a wide range of truck interior accessories, PPE (personal protection equipment), hand sanitizer, snacks, bottled water, and more.

 

The outpouring of kindness has helped truckers immensely as they continue to deliver goods and work on the “front lines,” with the risk of exposure to COVID-19 always present. As states start to reopen, many truckers who usually haul non-essential items are getting back to work too.

 

Whether they are making long-haul trips or in-town deliveries, truckers will continue to need the support they have received over the past several months. The virus is still being passed around and there is no vaccine or treatment for it yet.

 

Truck driver with protective mask during coronavirus

 

One thing that can also help trucker drivers immensely is upgrading to better and more comfortable truck seats since they are spending a lot more hours in their trucks and on the road.

 

For further information about truck interior accessories and comfortable truck seats that can help make being on the road easier during the COVID-19 crisis, please feel free to browse online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!