3 Ways Truck Drivers Can Stay Safe During COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, heroes from around the country have been proving themselves in all industries. Many are working through the pandemic, never taking a break or time off. Many of these brave Americans are truck drivers, whose job was imperative in delivering food and supplies to grocery stores and families around the country, while staying safe.
As a truck driver, you’re likely spending hours and hours alone in your vehicle. But what happens when you need to take a pit stop or complete a delivery? Below are three ways you can keep yourself safe while out on the road.
Check for Symptoms
One way that truck drivers can keep themselves safe is to be honest about coronavirus symptoms. Any and all symptoms should be taken seriously. If you or someone you know is showing signs of a cough, fever, loss of smell, headache, etc., then you should notify your supervisor, take time off of work, and get tested for the coronavirus.
Taking the time to get healthy so you can get back on your feet and behind the wheel is an important safety precaution that can benefit you as well as anyone you come in contact with!
Social Distance at Rest Stops
Another way that truck drivers can keep safe at work is by practicing social distancing at rest stops and delivery locations. Doing little things such as wearing a mask when outside of the truck, washing your hands or using hand sanitizer frequently, and staying six feet apart from others, can really make the world of a difference. Truck drivers are driving between states, and encountering people from all over the country. It’s critical to stop, stretch your legs, and get some rest, but make sure you’re doing so in a way that’s safe for you!
If possible, try and pack as many snacks as you can to avoid having to stop frequently. Using paperless documents for deliveries (as much as possible) can also help. Avoid shaking hands with others, and keep truck windows open as much as possible for proper ventilation.
Keep Your Truck Clean
Lastly, try to keep everything in your truck as clean as possible. It’s probably easier said than done with the current cleaning supply shortages, but if you can get your hands on a package of Clorox wipes, use them everywhere.
By wiping down the steering wheel, door handles, turn signals, dashboard controls, etc., you can greatly reduce the spread of the virus to yourself, and others. Also, if you can’t find any name-brand products such as Clorox – don’t worry. As long as you’re using a product with 70% or more alcohol content, then it’s going to disinfect.
These are unsettling times, but together we can find a way to get through it in a safe and healthy manner. If your business needs a logistics partner that will work with you to create the tools you need during this time, contact us today at 1 (800) 274-1237.