As states begin to reopen, trucking companies are hopeful business will improve for them. It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has had some sort of impact on every industry in the world, and the trucking industry is no different.
There are many people we should thank for being true heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but one profession that is often overlooked are the nation’s truck drivers. They risk their lives every single day to deliver medical supplies, dried goods, food and beverages and other vital supplies that are needed during this crisis. Like almost everyone else, every day activities are also very different for them.
Oil changes, truck inspections, tire rotations and new brakes are all part of typical truck maintenance. One thing that is often missed when replacing or inspecting parts of a semi-truck is the driver’s seat, which is one of the most important parts of the cab. Truck drivers can spend over 40 hours a week seated, which can be very harsh on the body. Having the proper seat set-up and support can reduce sprains, strains, muscle pulls and body aches.
The trucking industry took a dive in 2019, and 2020 is not projected to be much better, especially for smaller trucking companies. Even though the outlook for 2020 remains negative, it still might not be as bad as we have seen over the past two years.
Technology is progressing quickly through the trucking industry. The next big advancement could mean the end of vehicle mirrors. According to Fleetowner Magazine, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering allowing a camera monitor system, or CMS, to replace rearview and sideview mirrors on commercial trucks. “