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Truck Industry Trends: How COVID-19 Is Affecting Semi-Truck Drivers

While many businesses were forced to shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the trucking industry did not. However, that is not to say the trucking industry has not had to adjust to changes too. While deliveries for groceries, medical supplies, and other essential items continue or even rose, other supply chains for manufacturing and non-essential items declined.

 

Semi-truck drivers have also faced changes and adjust to spending more time in their trucks. With restaurants only offering take-out or delivery services, getting food to-go has been more challenging as many places don’t allow truckers to walk through their drive-thrus. However, many restaurants on trucking routes are making to help out.

 

Truck driver with protective mask during coronavirus

 

Another challenge for truckers is finding rest areas that are open where they can use the bathroom and washup. While many rest stops are open so truckers can stop and sleep, the restrooms are not. So, truckers have had to buy camping/portable toilets to be able to use the bathroom while on the road.

 

Truck stops have also changed how they do business, only allowing a few truckers inside to shop, buy food, take showers, do laundry, etc. In some cases, it could take hours before the trucker is allowed inside depending on how many people are waiting to get inside.

 

In addition to these changes, many truckers have had to get used to wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) in the form of face masks and gloves when making deliveries. To ensure their safety, truckers also are stocking up on hand sanitizer since they do not always have access to soap and water to wash their hands.

 

Some trucking operations even changed to contactless delivery. These deliveries are where either the trucker unloads the truck onto the dock, then once safely back in his or her cab, informs the business so they can bring the delivery inside. Alternatively, the business unloads the truck while the trucker remains in the cab.

 

ruck driver wearing safety face mask next to big rig

 

With truckers spending more time in their trucks, the sale of replacement truck seats has increased. Truckers are upgrading to better seats that offer more lumbar support, heat and cooling functions, and other features to make sitting for longer more comfortable.

 

COVID-19 has certainly changed trucking industry trends. Yet, semi-truck drivers have been quick to adapt and do their part to ensure people have access to food, medical supplies, and other essential items.

 

Here at Suburban Seating & Safety, we want to thank each and every truck driver for their dedication and commitment during these changing times.

 

If you are looking for replacement truck seats that are comfortable and have a wide range of features, please feel free to browse our online seats and call us at 844-727-7328 to order yours today!

 

Truck Industry Trends for 2019: 7 Trends to Keep an Eye On

Trucking industry trends include a wide range of topics from driver demand to advances in technologies. As we are just into 2019, now is a good time to find out what industry experts are anticipating will be some of the top trends for this year.

 

1. Plenty of Jobs

Driver shortages have started to occur in recent years. The shortages have come about as older drivers retire and there are fewer younger drivers entering this career field. As a result, the demand for drivers continues to be high.

 

2. Higher Wages

With job shortages, current drivers could notice an increase in their wages as their employers take steps to prevent them from leaving the industry. Higher wages could also help attract more drivers to fill job openings.

 

Modern cargo trunk truck, electric car

 

3. ELDs Now Standard

ELDs (electronic logging devices) are not going away. In fact, if you were previously grandfathered by AOBRDs (automatic onboard recording devices), you have until the end of the year to upgrade to ELDs.

 

4. More Comfortable Seats for Truck Drivers

Expect existing fleets to continue to upgrade to more comfortable seats for truck drivers like heated and ventilated seats. Having better seats helps truck drivers remain more alert and operate their trucks safer.

 

5. Increased Use in Voice-Activated Driving Assistants

From getting directions to turning headlights and wipers on and off, the use of voice-activated driving assistants in truck cabs will continue to increase. By using voice commands to take care of specific functions, drivers can keep their focus on the road.

 

6. Improved Advanced Safety Features

Expect to see many of the latest advanced safety features to continue to be adopted into new truck technology systems, from blind spot monitoring to cross traffic alerts and forward crash prevention. Some of these features will even be able to be added to existing fleets, thanks to aftermarket upgrades.

 

Black truck stopped on highway by automatic braking system

 

6. Advances in Hybrid/Electric Trucks

Truck manufacturers will continue to make strides in battery- and solar-powered trucks. Demand for hybrid/electric trucks will continue to grow in highly congested and larger cities for local use.

 

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