We are over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is still essential to take precautions while on the job. After all, stopping trucking companies from transporting essential goods and services is not an option. So, it is necessary for business owners and fleet managers to communicate proper health and safety guidelines and for drivers to take all precautions seriously to prevent them from catching or spreading the coronavirus. Here are some truck driver tips for staying safe from COVID-19.
Clean and Disinfect Regularly
The number one way to protect yourself from coronavirus is to regularly clean and disinfect your truck and other surfaces. Wash your hands with soap and water if possible for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public. If soap is not available, you can use hand sanitizer, but make sure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a Mask
Research has proved that wearing a face mask can help prevent the spread of coronavirus and other germs. Make sure to wear your mask when out in public and around other people. It will also be important to know what the local and state laws are where you are traveling and guidelines at customer locations. Mask Guidelines and mandates can vary significantly from state to state and city to city and have the potential to change, so it is important to stay up to date.
Social Distance when Possible
It is vital to maintain social distancing practices when possible. The CDC defines social distancing as staying at least six feet from others and avoiding crowds and mass gatherings. This isn’t always possible in every situation, so keep the tips in mind and try to use your best judgment in each situation.
Stay Home if You Feel Sick
It is important to remember that professional truck drivers have a professional obligation to avoid driving if they are sick or tired, whether at home or on the road. If you do not feel well, and it impacts your ability to operate your truck safely, you should notify your supervisor and make the appropriate arrangements. Never force yourself to work if you feel sick. This can put you and others at risk of falling seriously ill.
Keep Driving Safely
While fewer pedestrian vehicles are on the roadway during quarantine, there are likely more commercial vehicles making their way around the highway. Therefore, it is still important to remember your defensive driving training and protect yourself. Stay alert on the road and keep an eye out for any safety hazards.
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