Truck drivers, along with other essential workers, have proven to be the heroes Americans can rely on during the COVID-19 pandemic. As truck drivers continue to answer the call of the bell day after day to provide the country with the items they need, it’s important they remember to also take care of themselves and stay healthy.
With that in mind, what things should truck drivers take with them while on the road during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Items to Keep You Healthy
Firstly, you’ll want to make sure you have your personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and gloves. Wearing a mask and gloves will not only help keep you healthy, but prevent others you come in contact with while on the job from becoming sick. It may also be wise to wear sunglasses to prevent respiratory droplets from entering your body through your eyes if someone coughs or sneezes near you.
In addition, although it is still hard to find in some areas of the country, you’ll also want to make sure you have a bottle of hand sanitizer near by at all times, as well as disinfectant wipes so you can periodically wipe down the inside of your cab and eradicate germs. Be careful when using commonly touched items, such as fuel pumps. Either use a covering for your hand, or use hand sanitizer immediately after.
A Different Perspective on the Road
As well, it may be wise to change up some of your routine habits; this could include packing more food and water to avoid stopping at convenience stores, restaurants or other areas people are congregated. It may also mean going paperless for invoices and other tasks, and calling ahead to facilities to see what the protocol is for using that place. You should also keep your cab well ventilated throughout your trip.
Those are just some suggestions. Are there any tips other truck drivers can share in the comments section?
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