During COVID-19, we’re all counting on drivers to keep the stores stocked with the essentials. Consumers rely on them, the economy relies on them, and your business relies on them. Over-the-road drivers spend days or even weeks on the road away from their families. They rely on truck stops for food and a place to shower. Oftentimes, they rely on their customers just for a place to use the restroom. It’s a difficult job. Many people choose it because they enjoy the open road and weren’t cut out for an office job. That’s lucky for the rest of us. However, COVID-19 shutdowns are making the already difficult job of being a truck driver even harder.
Most jobs have been negatively impacted by the spread of COVID-19. For truck drivers, though, the impacts are drastic. As the Akron Beacon Journal reported in an interview with JRayl driver instructor Rich Hayworth, almost everything has changed for drivers. Here are some of the biggest challenges drivers face during the pandemic.
It’s hard to be a truck driver right now, but these problems are not without solution. Here are some ways carriers can support drivers during the pandemic.
Your drivers will remember how they were treated during the pandemic. Many don’t want to be out there but they have to work. Turnover is low because people are grateful to have a job. Don’t become complacent. As the economy opens back up, that will change. Your actions today will create a driver for life or one who has already started their job search. What actions are you going to take?
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