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News in the Trucking Industry: Drivers Share Concerns About COVID-19

When the COVID-19 crisis struck, many truck drivers across the country continued to work to deliver essential supplies, groceries, medical supplies, etc. The virus presented several changes in the trucking industry, as well; namely, concerns about truck driver safety, pay, and

necessities.

1. The availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

Numerous truck drivers were concerned over access to face masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and other PPE to help keep them safe when they could not socially distance during deliveries and pickups.

 

Many communities showed an outpouring of generosity and provided these items, initially, until trucking companies could catch up and provide these resources for their truck drivers.

 

young transporter on the truck with face mask and protective gloves for Coronavirus

 

2. The amount and types of compensation during a pandemic.

Some truck drivers expressed concern over the amount they were being paid, considering they were not “frontline” essential workers. Other truckers wanted the option to defer tuition payments and truck payments. Yet others wanted to be reimbursed for the additional expenses incurred for buying cleaning supplies and PPE.

 

3. The availability of non-essential loads.

Truck drivers that were delivering non-essential materials had concerns over load availability. Some truck drivers had been laid off for a period because of no work. Yet, they were entitled to unemployment compensation. Now that the country is re-opening this is still a major concern, as not all non-essential drivers are back to work yet.

 

4. Access to necessities and comfort items.

With truck drivers being on the road more hours, many had concerns about the access to various items like better, more comfortable truck seats, cooking appliances, better truck mattresses, and so on. Some trucking companies surprised their drivers by providing them with various items or reimbursing them for the costs of certain items.

 

Female truck driver lying on vehicle cabin bed showing thumbs up

 

5. The types of benefits offered by trucking companies.

Many truck drivers don’t have sufficient sick days. They were concerned if they got COVID-19 they wouldn’t be able to work and would not have any sick pay for their families. Fortunately, many companies offered additional paid time off. Some companies even paid their drivers a bonus week of paid time off so they could be at home with their families.

 

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, truck drivers will continue to have concerns about being on the “frontlines” and the risks they will be taking daily.

 

Whether you are an owner-operator or a trucking company, Suburban Seating & Safety is here to help you with access to different types of truck seats, truck accessories, truck mattresses, and more. Please feel free to browse online or contact us at 844-727-7328 today!

Custom Semi-Truck Interiors to Upgrade Your Semi Truck

Truck drivers are spending more time on the road, these days, and more time in their truck cabs. Comfort is essential to make sure you not only are alert when driving but can relax at the end of your day. The best way to do this is by upgrading your truck using custom semi-truck interiors.

 

1. Upgrade to comfortable truck seats.

You spend a lot of time sitting each day. Whether you are driving or kicking back and chatting to your family via video chat, you spend hours in your truck seat. Why not treat yourself and get new comfortable truck seats with features like heating, cooling, and massage?

 

Commodore Truck Seat With Armrest

 

2. Upgrade your truck mattress.

You need to make sure you get plenty of restful sleep. If your mattress feels lumpy and hard or makes your back hurt, you are miserable all day long. Truck mattresses come in a wide range of styles and sizes. You can even find ones with quilted foam, gel memory foam, body temperature regulation, and more.

 

3. Keep the interior neat and tidy.

If you have a bad habit of just tossing food wrappers and other trash where it falls and leaving clothes tossed in back on the bed or floor, it makes the cab seem cluttered. Invest in a trash can for trash. Buy some hooks and hangers to hang up clothes, as well as other such things that make it easy to keep your interior neat.

 

4. Add some accessories and appliances.

Don’t forget to add some of the comforts of home too. You could get a laptop stand that installs next to the passenger truck seat. Some truck drivers even have a TV with satellite TV service, video gaming system, and surround sound stereo system so they can enjoy TV, movies, and video games.

 

You might want to get a mini-refrigerator, single flat-top burner, slow cooker, or other such things. By taking the time to upgrade your truck’s interior using these ideas, you will find that it is easier to be away from home when you have the comforts you want.

 

Truck driver lying on bed in his truck cabin and holding tablet

 

To find truck interior accessories and truck mattresses and to explore different types of truck seats in various styles and customization options, please feel free to browse online or contact Suburban Seating & Safety at 844-727-7328 today!