UPDATE: Important COVID-19 Information for Truck Drivers

July 8, 2020 1:59 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way many businesses operate. For truck drivers, there is a lot that remains the same, because you’re going to still be spending a lot of hours alone on the road in your truck. However, there are still circumstances in which you will be at elevated risk of exposure, so it’s important to take certain steps to minimize your risk.

Here are some tips for truck drivers to protect themselves from the virus and practice good trucking safety in Wytheville, VA:

  • Stay home: If you are having symptoms of the virus, do not take any chances. Notify your supervisor and stay home.
  • Plan ahead: Have a plan for what you will do if you become sick on the road. This should include plans for getting medical treatment, where to stay and what you’ll do with your freight.
  • Read CDC recommendations: Make sure you’re familiar with all CDC recommendations about home isolation and what to do if you experience symptoms.
  • Limit contact: When you have to get out of your vehicle, do your best to limit close contact with other people, maintaining at least six feet of distance at all times. Specific steps you can take to minimize contact include contacting facilities in advance to prepare for unloading, using paperless invoicing for all deliveries and fueling, limiting the amount of time you spend outside your cab when fueling or at rest stops, packing food and other supplies to limit the number of stops you make, avoiding shaking hands and always maintaining good ventilation in your truck.
  • Wear a mask: When you’re out of your truck in a public setting, make sure to wear a cloth face covering. The purpose of this covering is to protect others, not yourself—research indicates cloth coverings can help prevent virus transmission by preventing viral droplets from spreading through the air from your nose and mouth.
  • Frequently clean: You should regularly clean and disinfect surfaces you frequently touch in the truck cab, in the sleeper berth and any other areas of your vehicle. If a third party will need access to the truck’s interior, you should make sure it gets thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before it gets turned back over to you.
  • Wash your hands: You should regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer that is made with at least 60 percent alcohol. You should clean your hands before eating, before entering or leaving the cab, before and after loading and unloading of cargo, before and after rest breaks, before and after fueling, after blowing your nose or coughing and after using the restroom.

These are just a few examples of some of the best ways truck drivers can minimize their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus while out on the road. For more tips and information about COVID-19 and trucking in Wytheville, VA and various trucking safety measures you can implement, we encourage you to contact Complete Truck Service, Inc. today.

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