Truck Drivers Mostly Exempt From Coronavirus Lock Downs

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DaveW's Comment
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Those of us who are pretty sick and tired of the "All coronavirus all the time" current news cycle are not going to find any relief in today's Trucking Truth News. But, unlike a lot of news going around about COVID-19 we actually have a positive slant for truck drivers.

Truck drivers mostly exempt from coronavirus lock downs


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Rob. D.'s Comment
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This article and Rob T.'s posts about the volume of freight his company is moving, got me thinking about reaching out to companies that are in need of temporary workers during this time of crisis, while I wait to begin orientation at Prime.

Point Pickup, a store to home delivery service, has a job posting on that indicates an urgent need for delivery drivers.

Anyone have any suggestions for temporary warehouse, dock worker, or other jobs that I could do in the interim?

Rob T.'s Comment
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I hope after this "crisis" ends that people realize how important truck drivers are and people view it as a respected profession. When I was considering this career many people gave me there opinion (without me asking for it) about why it was a bad idea and that I'm too good to "settle" for driving truck.

Our chain has had such an influx of online ordering they simply can't handle the volume. The (minivan) drivers have been reassigned to grabbing items off the shelves and instead have began using 3rd party companies such as instacart and door dash. My only concern is how will things be after everybody has their doomsday shopping done. It shouldn't slow down for long but I expect there to be a steep drop off for a week or 2.

Have any of you OTR drivers that dont regularly haul food products noticed a significant decline in work?


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OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Rob D have you tried seeing about door dash, uber eats or anything of that nature? My brother does door dash on the side in the Minneapolis market and said its nonstop busy. You wont make a ton of money doing it and you'll put a bit of miles on your car but depending on your financial situation it may help. I talked to him Saturday morning and he grossed $86 including tips in 3 hours before expenses. If you're interested in warehousing for short term check indeed or any temp agencies in the area. The onboarding may take a couple weeks though.

Bird-one's Comment
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Its funny you say that Rob about people realizing how important truck drivers are when this is all said and done because I was just saying that too my wife. At the moment I'm busier than ever. Complete chaos at the moment with milk. I too worry what will happen when this fear mongering shopping is over. A recession could definitly be the end result. I'm looking at it as make as much money as I can while I can.

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