The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has introduced a great deal of uncertainty into our daily lives. This extends to many industries. One thing that unites so many different sectors of our country is the dependence on truck drivers to deliver goods and materials. This means that truck driving jobs are even more important than ever and are essential to ensure everyone gets what they need, even during difficult times.
Here are just a few of the reasons why drivers are necessary:
Contribution to the American Economy
Health crises such as the Coronavirus pandemic can have a massive impact on the financial health of the country. Trucking is a driving force behind the United States economy and the contributions of drivers are essential to keep this industry running. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) found in their 2019 collection of truck driving data that trucks moved over 70% of the nation’s domestic freight and generated almost $800 billion in revenue. In addition, over 7.7 million individuals have jobs related to trucking. This plays a direct and indirect role in keeping our economy functioning.
Delivering Medical Necessities
Semi-trucks haul a huge variety of items and this includes medical necessities such as the gloves, face masks, and ventilators that healthcare professionals are using to fight this virus. Medical supplies would be depleted in as little as 24 hours if truck drivers stopped their deliveries. With so many shortages already affecting patients, this makes truckers all the more important.
Bringing Goods to Grocery Stores
Tractor-trailers deliver items to grocery stores from produce to cleaning supplies. During the current situation, stock is disappearing from shelves faster than usual. Drivers make it possible for stores across the nation to replenish their supplies for those who need them. Canned foods, bottled water, and other essentials would start to disappear from stores within 2-3 days without truckers and most other items would be gone within a few weeks.
Thank You to Our Nation’s Truck Drivers
Our team at DSW wants to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our nation’s truck drivers, whether you work with us or any other trucking company. We understand what an important contribution you make each day by delivering necessary items to those across the country. During a crisis like this, your efforts are even more valuable and we appreciate all that you do.
Looking for a Truck Driving Job?
If you are a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder looking for a job where you are paid what you’re worth and are appreciated by your company, DSW is hiring drivers like you. We offer excellent home time and one of the best rates of pay in the industry. We have the atmosphere of a small, family company with freight that rivals what you’d see at the nation’s largest carriers. When you drive for us, we work hard to get you miles, get you paid, and get you home.