While it’s easy to feel as though things have returned to normal, COVID-19 cases have been increasing as of late. As a truck driver, you know that safety is paramount. Even if you aren’t worried about your own health if you contract the virus, you would still be imperiling others on your route. With this in mind, here are some tips to protect yourself from COVID-19 while on your route.
Careful with Fuel Pumps
There’s no getting around it—you’re going to have to touch fuel pumps while driving. Many businesses are diligently sanitizing surfaces commonly handled indoors. However, they have mostly neglected fuel pumps. You can protect both yourselves and others by sanitizing your hands immediately before and after fueling up.
Don’t Dine Indoors
Masks provide an undeniable layer of protection when you enter an indoor space. But when it comes time to eat, your mask is going to have to come off. With this in mind, it’s a good idea for you to eat outdoors, if possible. This is going to get more challenging as the weather continues to get cooler. When that happens, consider dining in your truck.
One potential benefit that seems to be arising as a result of the pandemic is the increase in digitization. Everything that passes through your hands becomes a potential vector of disease, so consider reducing as much contact as possible. More and more businesses are providing contact-free purchases. When possible, opt for a digital receipt. And remember: using your card could be a smarter choice than cash.
Wash Your Hands!
We’re sure you’ve heard this one often, but it’s for a good reason. Regular handwashing has been proven to be effective at reducing the spread of viruses. However, you may have become accustomed to using hand sanitizer while on your route. That’s great, but be sure to wash your hands with regular old soap and water whenever possible. It’s better at killing germs. But this isn’t always an option. So if you do have to use sanitizer, ensure that it is at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid Hot Spots
There is no more effective way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 than to stay away from people. While it’s impossible to remain in true isolation while on the road, do your best to mimic these conditions. Some truck stops are more hotly trafficked than others. If you notice that a stop or other business has a lot of foot traffic, see if you can find another.
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