Truck Drivers Are The Real Heroes
With the recent news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many people are uncertain about what's to come. But, one thing is for sure! As long as this nation needs supplies, we need truck drivers. One could argue that in addition to healthcare workers, truck drivers are right at the top of the list of most needed workers right now.
Just imagine this... People go crazy and shelves at grocery stores are empty... Oh wait, that's already happened around the U.S. and is continuing to happen. The number of posts, stories, and my own experiences of seeing empty shelves of milk, eggs, meats, and we can't forget the toilet paper... Is getting out of hand as this pandemic continues to unfold. Truckers are essential in crises like these and we want you to know that WE APPRECIATE IT ALL SO MUCH, especially in these times. Besides just my opinion, I am here to share information from an article that can help put you at ease about all of this...
According to a recent article, after President Trump's declaration of a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has suspended truck driving limits to get supplies to the centers faster. So what exactly does this mean? It means that "U.S. highway-safety regulators are suspending rules that limit daily driving hours for truck drivers moving emergency supplies such as medical equipment, hand sanitizer, and food in response to the nationwide coronavirus outbreak" (U.S. Suspends Truck-Driving Limits to Speed Coronavirus Shipments). Instead of the regulations for 11 hours of driving during a 14 hour day, they have given no limit to allow those carrying emergency supplies to get to the location as soon as possible. Although these are important items, it is still extremely important that you do not drive if you're feeling tired, sick, etc.
We know that it is essential for truckers to continue working during this hardship, but we want you to know that your health is extremely important. Please continue to wash your hands, sanitize and wear gloves when loading/unloading. The last thing we want to see happen is for those that are keeping the U.S. running get sick with the virus. I know that these next few weeks, or even months, are unknown, but the best thing to do right now is to keep your heads up and keep chugging along. And as always, thank you all for everything you do. During a pandemic or not, you are the true heroes!