When Covid-19 hit, many industries were able/had to slow down or find a way to function remotely. Our industry hasn’t been one of those and to keep the businesses and the economy running most truck drivers remained on the road. Although there is a vaccine now, it is very important to keep in mind that the pandemic is not over and that we have to continue to follow the guidelines provided and do our part to stay safe.
Here is a quick rundown of our tips how to do so:
Choose your information sources wisely
Internet enables us to access a lot of information, but in matters of importance such as a global pandemic, you want to make sure to listen to experts.
So make sure the information you adopt in relation to Covid is approved by CDC or coming directly from CDC. You can also rely on CVSA, ATA, FMCSA and the likes to share correct information.
Plan it all
Plan your routes, your stops, your stays to make sure you are protected. To do so, you need to rely on information about hotspots, as well as general rules that apply at your stops, such as hotel or restaurant rules that may change in case of more drastic changes in number of infections. If you’re doing a long haul, it would be wise to double check your plan occasionally to make sure nothing has changed in the meanwhile.
Stock up on necessities
Having extra food and beverage on board is a smart move at any point, but Covid-19 turned it almost into a must. In addition, try having extra hand sanitizers and bring vitamins. Avoiding contact is much easier if you don’t have to stop and mingle often to eat or buy items.
The key 3
While the countries worldwide are preparing for the vaccine, WHO came up with different way to remember 3 key actions that will help you prevent getting sick. Whether you want to call it 3Ws (Wash your hands, Watch the distance, Wear a mask) or you prefer “Hands. Face. Space”, doesn’t really matter. What is crucial is that you do these things. So make sure you wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizers with minimum 60% alcohol and avoid touching surfaces that are touched by many people. Think doors, counters, cash, and especially fuel pumps. When it comes to masks, even cloth ones will work and provide protection up to a degree, but when possible opt for surgical masks. To keep your distance from others, always stay 6 feet apart from people, stay in your hotel room or sleeper cab, use drive through rather than dine-in, stay in the truck when cargo is being loaded or unloaded.
In addition to big three, make sure you are eating properly and stay hydrated. Prioritize rest whenever possible and keep truck interior hygiene at its maximum. Clean often all surfaces you tend to touch quite a bit – door handles, dashboards, seat belts, steering wheel, but also light switches, and easily accessible surfaces.
Most importantly, listen to your body and if your feeling unwell, let your employer know, and plan together what you can do to rest and readjust delivery schedule.