ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — In a time when online orders are at holiday levels and grocery stores can’t seem to keep certain items on the shelves, we are all depending on truck drivers more than ever.
Drivers are having to take extra precautions when travelling from state to state. There’s obviously concern about the Coronavirus, but it’s impossible for a truck driver to work from home and self-quarantine. Because of having to be on the road, drivers are keeping cleaning products and disinfectant with them at all times.
“When we get out of the truck, or if we buy anything, right away we use our hand sanitizer,” said truck driver Lizardy Pena.
Pena and his brother were wiping down the windshield of their truck, and they were making sure everything was clean, from their hands to everything their hands touched.
“We clean our dash, our steering wheel…” Pena went on.
“…buttons for the windows, locks, anything I touch, pretty much,” said Joseph Diaz, another truck driver. “Phone cases, phone, we’re constantly in and out of the truck, constantly in different places, touching different things.”
Diaz was refueling his truck when we caught up with him, and he was wearing gloves when holding the pump. He walked us through his new daily routine.
“My first thing I do is just spray everything down, every night and every morning, Lysol, spraying everything down,” he said.
Drivers are making sure to stock up on cleaning supplies whenever they make a stop. That’s what Pena told his brother to do while we were interviewing him.
“I told him to check if they have more hand sanitizer or alcohol here because we need more because we’re using it so often,” Pena said.
Efforts like this to keep trucks clean, as well as what’s inside them, is what Diaz said is putting truckers in a more positive light.
“Since I’ve been doing this, truckers have been the bad guys, for some reason,” Diaz said. “I don’t know. We’ve got a bad reputation, but since this Coronavirus has been going on, there’s been a lot of support from the people. Just yesterday, I was in Ohio, driving, and somebody spray-painted, real big like on a bed sheet or something, “Thank you, truckers!” That made me choke up, man.”
On top of the efforts of truckers to keep their trucks clean, truck stops are putting in their fair share of work too. Managers we spoke with said rest stations are putting in the extra effort to keep cleaning supplies stocked and bathrooms and showers clean so that truckers can continue to do their work safely and efficiently.
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