Our nation’s truckers are doing what they do best even during the coronavirus pandemic — they keep on trucking.
They are the backbone of the country’s supply chain, traversing our nation’s highways and byways to deliver goods like food, fuel and other vital supplies. And while daily life has slowed to crawl, this workforce keeps delivering the goods and ensuring that that the public’s vital needs are met.
“I think we’re just as busy now as we are through the summertime,” Nate McCarty, a freight driver from Denver, Colo., told Fox News. “That’s usually our busy period and it’s just kind of all hands on deck right now because we’re seeing freight that we don’t normally see. Some of the truckload carriers, they’re running at capacity,” he noted.
McCarty normally makes his runs six days a week, so while his drive time hasn’t increased, the payloads have, in particular for groceries. He said shipments to Amazon warehouses have also increased.
“We’re seeing a lot more stuff,” he said. “All of our drivers are working right now. Everyone is just super busy. That puts a lot of trucks on the road right now.”
“Some of these [drivers] have been out and away from home for over a month. They are really feeling the need to stay out and help other companies and help out our country right now.”
McCarty said none of his co-workers have gotten sick yet but that they have been asked to work extra hours for anyone who might fall ill. He’s been taking precautions while he’s out on the road.
“It’s made me a lot more aware of the places that I go on my trip and everything that I’m touching,” he said. I’ve always used antibacterial wipes on the truck and the hotel that I stay in, I wipe everything down on the room and now I’m wearing rubber gloves.”
“But it’s gotten a lot more difficult trying to find places to eat because a lot of places are carryout only.”
While there’s always been a brotherhood among truckers as they traverse the county, McCarty said that these days they are depending upon one another more than ever, as they share stories of the road.
“One driver said that he was at one of the stores and he had a gentleman come up to him and asked if he could pray for him,” he said. “It’s really heartwarming to hear that.”