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!