thank you truckers

Truckers move America. Last September, we wrote a piece called, “Imagine a World Without Trucking.” Well, because of the coronavirus, a lot of the United States is grinding to a halt or trying to change gears to work remotely. Thankfully, there’s one group who isn’t slowing down. Truckers, this is for you. 

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU TRUCKERS!

We’ve been with you through job changes when many people didn’t recognize your value. Now, the truth is even more clear—America runs on truckers. From groceries, to medical supplies, to clean water and so much more. We couldn’t keep going without you. Thank you, truckers.

As you put in long hours on the road, here are a few things to help you keep going.  

Finding Food

There is no single list of restaurants that are staying open, but Feed the Truckers has a good list started. If you’re looking for a hot meal on the road, try a Texas Roadhouse or one of these local joints. They’ll bring a takeout order to your truck. Many fast food chains are also allowing drivers to walk through their drive thru window. 

Major truck stops are also doing their part. TA/Petro is still allowing you to reserve showers and place take out orders from Iron Skillets. Pilot/Flying J also has showers and laundry open and all restaurants are available for take out. Love’s travel stops will keep their stores and facilities open, but food is only available as a drive through/carry out order. 

Many local restaurants have also taken to social media to offer parking, restrooms, and food to drivers. The Facebook Page Trucker’s has a lot of offers for help coming in from all parts of the country. From coast to coast, Americans are stepping up to help the drivers who are helping us. 

What food should drivers be eating?

We also spoke to Kristin Kirkpatrick, a nutritionist who has appeared on Dr. Oz and The Today Show. She shares advice for the best food and snacks for truck drivers during COVID-19.

Keeping the Cab Clean

Your cab is your house. Many Americans are on stay at home orders, but your home is cruising the highway at 65 mph. Make sure you have what you need in your truck. To protect yourself from coronavirus as much as possible, take a few extra cleanliness measures.

wash hands

1. Wash your hands (the best one we heard was to “wash ‘em like you were cutting jalapenos and have to change your contact lens!”)

2. Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow (because no one touches their face with their elbow)

3. Avoid contact with others or stay 6’ apart whenever possible

4. Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially if you’re slip seating. 

Get some gloves and clorox wipes and make sure you clean steering wheels, seats, dashboard, shifter knobs, grab handles, CB microphones, cell phones, ELD screens and buttons, keys, clipboards, tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, cups, desks, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

HOS & COVID-19 Relief Loads

Truck drivers are operating under a Declaration of Emergency. That means hours of service regulations are waived. Since the HOS are not in effect, FMCSA does not require drivers to maintain a logbook. If you are keeping records with an ELD, you can make a note in the record to show that you were driving under the emergency declaration or record the time as “authorized personal use” which you will then need to note as emergency declaration drive time. Your employer may also have a specific policy. The FMCSA has a good FAQ section on what are essential loads and other common questions. Truckinginfo also has answers to common driver questions. 

What if I’m Actually Losing Loads?

Your current work depends on the loads you usually carry. While some truck drivers are working around the clock, others were unfortunately displaced due to the Coronavirus.

If you have been displaced from your job, we have resources to help you navigate the transition. Drive My Way can help you find a new trucking job that matches everything you’re looking for.

We match truck drivers to jobs based on professional qualifications and personal lifestyle preferences. Search our jobs or give us a call at 800-411-5840. We’ll help you get back on the road.

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Blake McClary brings trucking industry expertise to Drive My Way as a Customer Success Associate.

Blake McClaryDrive My Way announced that Blake McClary has joined its team as a Customer Success Associate. Drive My Way matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and lifestyle preferences.

Blake brings extensive experience in customer success, sales, and account management to Drive My Way. In his previous role, Blake served as a Business Account Executive at Worldwide Express, where he designed client operating procedures, retained customers, and coordinated prompt freight arrivals.

“As a customer success and sales professional in the trucking industry, we’re thrilled to have Blake join our team,” said Beth Potratz, CEO of Drive My Way. “We look forward to having him spearhead our strategic channel partnerships and expand our footprint in the industry.”

“After years of experience in the telecom industry with solution implementations and customer success, I moved to logistics for a fresh experience with a vital industry. I am BEYOND excited to begin working for a company that cares about the drivers that are out there acting as the backbone for all American industries,” shared Blake.

About Drive My Way

Drive My Way is disrupting truck driver recruiting by treating the driver as a consumer in the employment relationship. Drive My Way is a next-generation recruiting marketplace powered by a patented and proprietary platform that matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and personal preferences. Drive My Way’s driver-centric technology lets both the driver and hiring manager know how well they match to each job before entering the hiring process. Drive My Way is making truck driver recruiting personal again by creating meaningful connections for employers to turn into lasting relationships. Employers partner with Drive My Way to start recruiting for retention.

Julie Moran brings SaaS technology expertise to Drive My Way as a Customer Success Manager.

Julie MoranDrive My Way announced that Julie Moran joined its team as a Customer Success Manager. Drive My Way matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and lifestyle preferences.

Julie brings over a decade of experience in customer success and customer retention to Drive My Way. As an experienced professional, Julie is dedicated to serving and retaining customers. In her previous role, Julie served as a Proposal Specialist at Medical Mutual and a Trial Manager at Asurint, where she onboarded new clients, nurtured current customer relationships, and collaborated with clients for continued success.

“As a professional who has thrived in the industry for years, we’re thrilled to have Julie join our team,” said Beth Potratz, CEO of Drive My Way. “We look forward to her working with our customers to help them recruit for retention.”

“A successful customer relationship stems from developing and nurturing a personal relationship that revolves around the client’s goals,” said Julie. “Drive My Way is transforming the trucking industry by making hiring personal again.”

About Drive My Way

Drive My Way is disrupting truck driver recruiting by treating the driver as a consumer in the employment relationship. Drive My Way is a next-generation recruiting marketplace powered by a patented and proprietary platform that matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and personal preferences. Drive My Way’s driver-centric technology lets both the driver and hiring manager know how well they match to each job before entering the hiring process. Drive My Way is making truck driver recruiting personal again by creating meaningful connections for employers to turn into lasting relationships. Employers partner with Drive My Way to start recruiting for retention.

SaaS technology professional brings expertise and strategy to Drive My Way as Customer Success Manager.

milan devic

Drive My Way announced that Milan Devic has joined its team as the Customer Success Manager. Drive My Way matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and lifestyle preferences.

Milan brings over 10 years of experience in customer success, process improvement, and customer retention to Drive My Way. An expert in the field, Milan is dedicated to making an impact. In his previous role, Milan served as a Retention/Renewal Associate Manager at OnShift, where he developed, managed, and grew customer relationships.

“Milan’s devotion to customer retention supports our strategy for this year,” said Beth Potratz, CEO of Drive My Way. “We’re thrilled to have him as an integral part of our team and look forward to see his impact on our team, with our customers, and throughout our community at large.”

“Retention starts with developing a personal relationship,” said Milan. “Drive My Way is transforming the industry by focusing on meaningful connections with drivers and employers.”

About Drive My Way

Drive My Way is disrupting truck driver recruiting by treating the driver as a consumer in the employment relationship. Drive My Way is a next-generation recruiting marketplace powered by a patented and proprietary platform that matches CDL truck drivers and owner operators with jobs based on their qualifications and personal preferences. Drive My Way’s driver-centric technology lets both the driver and hiring manager know how well they match to each job before entering the hiring process. Drive My Way is making truck driver recruiting personal again by creating meaningful connections for employers to turn into lasting relationships. Employers partner with Drive My Way to start recruiting for retention.