Let’s face facts. The pandemic isn’t stopping anytime soon. COVID-19 continues to skyrocket in new cases on a daily and this is affecting everyone. Including truck drivers. When driving a truck, the operator has the sole responsibility of ensuring their cargo reaches the destination. If there’s any trouble along the way, it’s only natural to take a detour or even take a rest. But with some obstacles, you can’t nap it off. Especially when they go viral. Now that the Center for Disease Control has given guidelines to slow the spread and flatten the curve, here are some suggestions by the CDC themselves to protect long-haul trucking. After all, if we lose shipping, how can we get handling the situation? Pretty scary stuff, if you ask me.
What Can You Do To Stay Safe In Your Truck
- Follow CDC-recommended precautions Notify your supervisor if you are well but if you have a sick family member at home with COVID-19, quarantine or stay away from other noninfected people.
- Stay at least 6 feet from other people when possible.
- Practice your own hygiene. This is an important control measure. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Key times to clean hands include:
- After blowing your nose.
- After using the restroom.
- Avoid touching surfaces often touched by others when outside of the cab.Comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rules.
- Before driving, get enough sleep This is critical when transporting essential supplies.
- Don’t continue if you’re tired while driving. Stop to have a cup of coffee or nap before continuing your route.
- If driving as a team is necessary, drape a cloth to divide all of the insides of the truck. That way, you can separate sleeping areas. Avoid sharing your bedding.