This summer and fall, Washington State was in crisis mode due to wildfires. In this incident on September 10, 2020, during this wildfire crisis, a battery cable shorted out in this truck while the driver was asleep in the sleeper berth. It started a fire, destroying the tractor. Fortunately, the driver was able to evacuate and get to safety in time.
As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the United States, regular travel and transportation is restricted in many jurisdictions. The border is now closed to Canada, except for essential travel, including the transportation of goods. We might continue to see travel restrictions tighten as things progress, but for our truckers, they are working hard to maintain the transport of goods.
Pro-Tow 24-Hour Towing offers heavy-duty tow services and semi-truck accident recovery services in Washington State and beyond. We are watching this pandemic closely and understand the importance of our service to the transport industry. Trucking companies will be able to count on us when they are in need of heavy-duty towing or accident recovery as we navigate this unprecedented time.
How is COVID-19 impacting the trucking industry?
There is a demand for taking supplies to stores that have run out of items that are in high demand. These items include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and essential food items. While warehouses have ample supply of these things, nervous shoppers are purchasing more than usual, and more than they need in many cases. A daily restock of shelves means more goods are required.
This has created an increase in products that need to be transported to grocery stores and warehouses throughout the country. Included in this demand, are vital medical supplies, safety equipment, and COVID-19 testing kits that need to be moved to other states.
Are truck drivers safe?
When speaking with the trucking companies that we work with closely, we are assured that drivers are following protocol regarding health and safety amidst this pandemic. Thankfully, most of their time is spent in total isolation on the road. Most truck stop services like restaurants and bars are now closed to prevent the spread of the virus. Transport companies and their employees are focused on good health practices when in contact with others, including keeping a safe distance, hand washing, and sanitization of equipment.
If there is an accident within our service area, trucking companies can depend on Pro-Tow 24 Hour Towing for assistance. We are still fully operational, offering heavy duty towing and accident recovery, including spill response, and are there to support transport companies and their drivers during this crisis. If your driver and fleet are in trouble on the road, we will be there to help, while taking all the health and safety precautions necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.