Coronavirus - COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19 Is here and many cities, states, and even countries have been feeling uncertainty. One thing remains certain, people need things... Everyday things that most of us take for granted throughout our modern lives like food, clothing, fuels for our automobiles and homes and countless other basic necessities. There is one industry that stands head and shoulders above the rest with real heroes doing everyday jobs. These men and women are part of the trucking and transportation industry and this blog is dedicated to them and the trucking industry in the age of Coronavirus.

  1. How Coronavirus Changed Trucking

    Truckers’ Journeys Through The Pandemic

    All frontline workers have had stressful experiences during the country’s passage through the Coronavirus pandemic, but the spotlight has fallen on truckers throughout the past few months. Between the long hours, last-minute route changes, stressful delivery expectations, and limited food and rest stop options that truckers have had to deal with since COVID-19 began its spread, the U.S.’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers have been among the heroes of this pandemic by driving into the epicenters of the virus to deliver essential medical, grocery, and paper products.

    As America still battles rising cases of Coronavirus, the trucking industry has already been reshaped by the virus, and probably for the long term.

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  2. Beat Driver Fatigue and Take Care of Yourself on the Road

    The Concern for Drivers During Coronavirus

    As America slowly reopens and gears up for a summer of canceled events due to the spread of Coronavirus, many of its 3.5 million professional truck drivers continue to work long hours and long hauls. The nationwide dependency on truckers to keep hard-hit areas stocked with medical supplies, groceries, sanitation products, and more has been an increasingly relevant topic, but with some drivers working harder and driving longer than usual due to FMCSA exceptions to meet these demands, many drivers may not be taking care of themselves as they should.

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  3. How Mechanics are Coping During an Extraordinary Time

    Vehicle Mechanics and Technicians are Increasingly Essential During Coronavirus

    Truckers have always worked hard behind the scenes to keep America running, and with the spread of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus — the transportation industry in America has become increasingly important. But what’s also critical during this time are those who keep our long-haul, short-haul, and last-mile delivery vehicles up — our nation’s mechanics and technicians.

    Vehicle maintenance and mechanic workshops were deemed “essential services” by the National Security Council, and while delivery trucks and vans continue to roll on in the battle against Coronavirus, life at mechanic shops also carries on.

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  4. Emergency Declaration Extended for Truckers, But How Many Fleets are Taking Advantage?

    Truckers Keep on Truckin’ During Coronavirus

    As the United States continues to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus, there’s no question that the trucking industry has had to face a challenging environment. Between uncertain truck stop situations, closed restaurants, limited hot food options, and regulations that change frequently, the nation’s 3.5 million professional truckers have had a lot to keep up with in addition to trying to keep themselves and their families safe.

    With the economy starting to open back up in some states, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has also made some new decisions regarding trucker Hours of Service.

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  5. Vocational Drivers Are Still Working Hard During Coronavirus

    The Tough Road for Truckers is Shared by Vocational Drivers

    Since the spread of the Coronavirus began a few months ago, certain groups of workers have been recognized for their efforts on the front line, including healthcare and grocery store workers and truck drivers. While the efforts by all of these groups to keep America safe and stocked up on essential medical and grocery items cannot be understated, another group of dedicated workers has also been working just as hard but without the same amount of attention — America’s vocational drivers.

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  6. Truckers Receive Masks and Discounted Hotel Rooms During Coronavirus

    The Hard Reality of Trucking and Coronavirus

    It’s no secret that truckers have always been an essential part of America’s backbone, and that fact has been further emphasized with the steady spread of COVID-19 across the United States. The trucking industry has been a critical part of keeping states sufficiently stocked with paper products, groceries, PPE, and other essential goods directly related to Coronavirus relief.

    But although the 3.5 million professional truckers in this country have been working steadily amid possible virus exposure, multiple rules and regulations changes, uncertain availability of meals and rest stops, and other obstacles, more resources are pulling together to make sure truckers are taken care of while the U.S. continues to battle the virus.

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  7. Trucking Brands Step Up in the Battle Against Coronavirus

    Trucking Brands Help Battle Coronavirus

    Now a few months into the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the United States is still under Stay at Home orders in most states and the workload on truckers shows no signs of slowing down.

    But as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise across the country, some big names in trucking are stepping up and joining in the efforts to keep first responders, medical workers, and others safe and supplied with essential goods during this time.

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  8. Coronavirus Essential Goods and Transport Policies Change for Trucks

    Trucking Coronavirus Updates

    Coronavirus’ effect on the trucking industry changes from week to week as U.S. government organizations and businesses adapt to the ever-changing economic situation and spread of the virus.

    As cases continue to rise across the country and stay at home orders are extended from state to state, the rules and regulations for truckers who are currently delivering essential goods for COVID-19 relief are constantly shifting, with a new announcement just week from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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  9. A Bit of Good Coronavirus News For Truckers

    Trucking and Coronavirus

    Trucking and Coronavirus: A Summary

    It’s been a less crowded but rocky road for America’s 3.5 million truckers over the course of the past few weeks. The spread of novel Coronavirus and steady rise in active cases in the U.S. have not only caused a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as medical gowns and masks, but the panic-buying habits of Americans have also increased demand for household items including toilet paper, disinfecting wipes and sprays, and hand sanitizer. Multiple areas around the country are also seeing empty grocery store shelves, meaning that truckers nationwide are working long days and weeks with many who have already been away from their families for long stretches of time.

    But there's also some good news for truckers who are still out there truckin' and keeping America running.

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  10. Coronavirus: How Truckers and Technicians Can Protect Themselves

    Trucking and Coronavirus: The Story Continues

    With about 4 billion people now staying inside their homes according to the New York Times, the roads are more wide open than ever for the millions of truckers that are still making long treks across the United States with essential medical supplies and groceries.

    Although most of the country is now actively practicing the shelter-in-place, social distancing, and hand washing guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, March and April have still seen anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 new cases of the novel Coronavirus reported on a daily basis. This means truckers continue to be busy, with many that are now on the road six days a week and some who haven’t seen their families in a month or more.

    But with the open roads and lack of gridlocked traffic come possible exposure to COVID-19. There are still unavoidable situations when truckers need to come into contact with packages and people, but just like social distancing and 20-second hand washing are becoming habits, making it a routine to properly clean and disinfect a truck cab can help maintain trucker health and safety.

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