COVID-19 has infiltrated every aspect of our life, but very few truck drivers consider how to stay safe hauling freight during coronavirus. Even when cases are less prevalent, it’s important to take special precautions. With the steps laid out below, you can protect your health, allowing you to spend more performing the work you love.
Use Social Distancing When Possible
Thankfully, you spend a lot of time in your truck alone, so this isn’t something you need to think about a lot. However, there are times when you need to be around others. When you work around others such as dock workers, store attendants, truck stop workers, or mechanics, make sure you remain six feet away. Putting this distance between you and others creates less chance of getting sick.
Use Paperless Options
The companies using paperless billing options are helping their customers as well as their drivers. When your customers don’t have to sign any paperwork, you avoid unnecessary contact. If your trucking company hasn’t implemented new procedures with COVID in mind, ask for these new guidelines to be added.
Know Where Testing Facilities are Located
If you start to feel ill along the way, you want to get tested to ensure everyone remains safe. Before you leave on your route, map out a few local testing facilities you could visit if the need arises. This way, you don’t have to waste time driving around trying to get the help you need when the time arrives.
Practice Good Hygiene
It’s essential to wash your hands whenever you are outside of your truck cab. After touching strange surfaces, you want to clean your hands with hot water and soap. If there’s no soap and water nearby, you can use some hand sanitizer that you keep in your truck for emergencies. Additionally, you want to avoid touching your face, nose, mouth, or eyes unnecessarily. Contaminated hands are the number one way germs spread, so hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the spread.
Keep Your Cabin Sanitized
It’s your job to keep the truck cab clean. The cleaner your surroundings, the less likely you are to get sick. Take time after every run to sanitize the interior of the truck. You can remove any trash, give it a wipe down with disinfecting wipes and vacuum it out.
Limit Time Spent Outside of Cabin at Truck Stops
By remaining away from people, you reduce the chance of catching any germs. If you have to stop at a fueling station, restaurant, or at your drop point, limit the time you spend around people. Do what you are there to do and get back in your truck as quickly as possible. Remember to wash your hands after any contact.
Carefully Plan Routes
If you know where you are going, there’s no reason to get lost or run into trouble. With a well-laid-out plan, you will avoid unnecessary contact with people that could be ill. Stick to your course and get the job done as efficiently as possible.
Know Local Covid-19 Regulations
If you are heading to a new region or business, it’s important to research the COVID guidelines before you travel. If you are mandated to wear a mask or take other precautions, you want to be prepared for that scenario to save some time.
Use Preventative Health Measures
Remaining healthy is the best way to protect yourself. Eat healthy meals to ensure that your body’s immune system can fight off infections. You may also speak with your doctor about some supplements that might help you boost your immune system while you are on the road. If you haven’t gotten the COVID vaccine yet, you should also speak with your physician about how this could help you.
Drive Safely with LCL Bulk Transport
You want to drive for a trucking company that cares about your health. We have protocols in place to keep you safe, plus we work with our drivers to ensure you have all of the tools needed to remain protected. Many people come to work with LCL Bulk Transport because of the unique benefits and additional perks, but they stay because of the environment and support.
You can become a truck driver for anyone, but you want to do it somewhere that makes you happy. With our regional truck driving routes, you can be home more with your family without sacrificing compensation. Even if you are a brand-new truck driver, we can provide you with the training you need to succeed. Apply with LCL Bulk today and start down the path of a rewarding career.