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Corona Virus Prevention & Precautions: For Truck Drivers & Trucking Companies

As the coronavirus cases spread around the country, it impacts the supply chain as well as the trucking companies that create health issues. The survey shows that the current effects of coronavirus may be limited, but worries are big. Researchers found that 74% of small businesses say they are not yet impacted by the pandemic, while 23% say they are being negatively affected.

COVID -19 101

Coronaviruses are the large family of viruses that are common in both humans and animals. These human coronaviruses typically cause a mild to moderate respiratory illness. The main way COVID-19 is spread to others is when an infected person coughs or sneezes. That is similar to influenza.

Symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, and cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In most cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, high acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

The fears associated with the current global spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, are beginning to affect not only US trucking industries but also have affected almost every industry such as air travel and tourism, manufacturing. While contamination is the first of the fears to come to mind for many, the fears of the virus create larger effects on the commercial trucking industry. Trucking companies are vital to getting medical and sanitation supplies and other emergency items, as well as food and water delivered. The supply chain becomes critical during this stressful time.

Late Friday, in the US, it is issued a national emergency order, the first time in the agency’s history, to suspend hours-of-service regulations for commercial vehicle drivers hauling essential coronavirus equipment and supplies in more than 50 states.

Most of the companies in the US have granted their employees to work from home as in US 1236000 people are infected and 4500 people are killed. However, one of the largest and more vulnerable groups of workers- truck drivers has to travel nationwide as well as come into contact with goods shipped. Consequences, it could affect not only truckers but also it can affect those who come into contact with.

Social distances don’t occur when you are truckers

Social distancing is a public health strategy is used to prevent or slow the spread of an infectious pathogen like a virus. It includes many methods to keep people physically separate from each other. Due to physical proximity, many pathogens go from one body to another.

But it is not possible for the truckers as they cannot maintain the social distance. Truck drivers don’t get the privilege of working from home, so they still have to interact with the public. For instance, Long haul truck drivers, whose work takes them across the country with frequent interactions with customers and other drivers can carrier for a highly communicable virus such as coronavirus.

At the same time, truckers play an important role in delivering supplies needed to lessen the epidemic, such as masks, medicine, and toilet paper that’s seemingly flying off.

Protective measures against the new coronavirus for truckers

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub kill viruses.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands pick up viruses while touching many surfaces. Once contaminated, hands transfer the virus to your eyes, mouth or nose. It can make you sick as entering into your body.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow and tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately dispose of the used tissue. This will protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

Seek medical care if you feel fever, cough, and breathing problems

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and follow the directions of your local health authority.

To wrap-it up, trucking companies have a big role in transporting goods and services. Every type of good travels on a truck at one point or another that meets the customer requirements. Especially, in recent times when the whole world needs goods and services and they depend on transportation. Meanwhile, truckers must keep attention to their health as well. If they feel not well, they should inform the trucking companies’ owners. They also take precautions to prevent infections.

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How cost per mile is calculated?

It is important to do the calculation of actual expenses that occur on a regular basis in trucking companies. Also, keep a vigilant eye on expenses will provide a clear view of the company’s financial status. For a smooth-running business, keep balances their all expenses per mile cost. But some of these expenses are easy to figure out as they are fixed cost expenses while others costs are hard to know as they come under the variable expenses.

For every business, profit is very important and your profit defines how much you keep, after paying all expenses. So, you must know all operating expenses which come under two general categories; fixed and variable expenses.

Let us discuss cost per mile:

Calculate fixed expenses

Fixed costs are generally periodic expenses that remain more or less unchanged from month to month. In the first step, you must know to determine the fixed cost expenses. Fixed costs are expenses that a company incurs whether trucks are hauling a load or parked idle. Fixed expenses include costs like insurance, property leases, permits, and other services. Maximization utilization of equipment can negatively impact fixed costs on business profitability.

Calculate Variable expenses

Variable cost expenses are directly related to the running operation of the trucks. These expenses increase when the number of miles the truck runs throughout the month. These costs add fuel, tires, repairs, maintenance, tolls, road taxes, other petty expenses including driver wages. It will be a good idea to know how many variables expenses before accepting a load.

A simple calculation to determine the cost per mile in trucking with operation sheets:

In order to identify the expenses on a per miles basis, trucking companies use the cost of operations sheets. This consists of fixed and variable both costs and written in separate columns, one for the monthly expense and other for annual expenses.

When all expenses are identified, then record them in an Operations Expense Sheet, and perform the calculation. Trucking companies do not share exactly the same outlay, so adapt the expense sheet to meet the specific costs associated with your unique operations.

Moreover, there is a requirement to estimate the number of miles the truck will be driven in that particular year to estimate variable expenses. If the drivers are paid for the mile, it will be easy to figure out the cost per mile for driver income. Generally, fixed costs are payable on a monthly basis. These totals can be divided by the estimated number of miles the truck will run in a year to determine the cost per mile.

Trip Profit Reports

To know about the detail of income and expenditures, the per-mile cost report is prepared. Trip profit reports are generally more accurate than the cost of operation sheets as variable expenses change often and there may be a large difference in fuel or permit costs from one trip to another. Trucking companies in California make the trip profit reports to choose the trips that are most profitable.

The bottom line is, it’s important to know what the cost per mile is to determine. The main objective is, to get paid more than it costs you to operate your trucks. Trucking companies suggests that it’s a good idea to figure out the cost per mile each month so that it can be made an effort to control variable costs as well as increase the number of miles that drives.

 

 

 

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