June 6, 2022

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Trucking Safety During COVID-19

The trucking industry is one of the most important industries in the United States. It’s responsible for transporting goods and materials across the country and keeping the economy moving. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, the trucking industry has been hit hard.

Truck drivers are considered essential workers, which means they can’t just stop working when the pandemic hits. They have to keep going, no matter what. As an essential service, truckers are on the front lines of the pandemic, delivering goods and supplies across the country. And that means they’re at a higher risk of exposure to the virus. And while the risk of contracting COVID-19 is relatively low for truckers, the risk of spreading the virus is high.

Ten Trucking Safety Rules to Follow

Skills and safety are always important in the trucking industry. But during the coronavirus pandemic, they’re more important than ever. So how can trucking companies and drivers keep themselves safe during the pandemic? Here are some tips:

  1. Get the Vaccine

The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get the vaccine. If you’re a truck driver, you should get vaccinated as soon as possible. Trucking companies should also ensure their drivers are vaccinated before they hit the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines specifically for the trucking industry on how to get vaccinated.

  1. Follow SOPs

Wearing a mask is one of the best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19. It’s also required by the CDC if you’re going to be around other people. So make sure you wear a mask when you’re in your truck and around other people, like at truck stops.

Washing your hands is another important way to protect yourself from COVID-19. Make sure you wash your hands often, especially before and after eating. You should also use hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water.

  1. Stay Focused

Trucking is generally considered difficult and dangerous. That’s why it’s so important for truckers to stay focused while they’re on the road. But during the pandemic, it’s even more critical. With so much going on, it’s easy to get distracted. But if you’re not paying attention, you could make a mistake that could put yourself and others at risk. So make sure you’re staying focused while you’re driving.

  1. Avoid crowded places

Truckers are constantly on the move, making it hard to avoid crowded places. But during the pandemic, it’s essential to avoid them as much as possible. If you can, stay in your truck when you’re not driving. And when you do have to stop, try to avoid places where there are many people.

  1. Do not depend on other drivers

Truckers are a close-knit community. And that’s a good thing. After all, you’re spending hours on the road together and often form bonds with your fellow truckers.

But when it comes to safety, you can’t depend on other drivers. They may not be as careful as you are. They may be driving while tired or distracted. So, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and drive defensively.

  1. Be Extra Careful During Bad Weather

Bad weather can make driving conditions even more challenging. So, it’s important to slow down and be extra cautious when the roads are slippery or visibility is low.

  1. Inspect your vehicle regularly

Part of being a safe truck driver is making sure your vehicle is in good condition. That means regularly inspecting your tires, brakes, and lights. It’s also a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your truck in case you have a breakdown.

  1. Take Breaks Often

Driving for long hours can be exhausting. So, it’s important to take regular breaks. Get out of your truck and stretch your legs. Grab a bite to eat. And most importantly, get some rest.

  1. Stay Up To Date On The Latest Trucking News

Trucking is constantly changing. New regulations are being put in place. And new technologies are being developed. So, it’s crucial to stay up to date on the latest trucking news. This will help you be a safer, more efficient driver.

  1. Drive Defensively

One of the best ways to stay safe on the road is to drive defensively. That means being aware of your surroundings and other drivers. It also means being prepared for the unexpected. So, always be on the lookout for potential hazards. And if someone makes a mistake, don’t get angry. Just stay calm and focus on driving safely.

These safety tips can help you avoid getting sick and keep yourself and others safe on the road. So, make sure you’re doing your part to keep trucking safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At FleetCare, the safety of our drivers is our top priority. We have been working hard to keep our drivers safe during the pandemic. We’ve implemented new safety protocols, such as increased cleaning and sanitization of trucks and facilities and requiring drivers to wear masks and gloves. These tips will help you stay safe on the road, and we hope you’ll take them to heart.

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