Truck drivers are a crucial piece to many supply chains, including that of the auto industry. Even as states and cities across the US issue shelter-in-place orders due to the novel COVID-19 virus, carriers continue hauling, so they can deliver ever-important food, supplies and vehicles around the country.
Carriers – including car haulers – are crucial to keeping our country supported and the supply chain intact. But just like everyone else, these carriers need to eat and rest.
Unfortunately, as states, cities and municipalities increasingly require restaurants to either shut down entirely or only offer drive-thru and carry-out, that limits where carriers can stop to dine. Ordering food through a drive-thru can be nearly impossible for most big rigs, as they can’t navigate through to the window, and walk-up ordering isn’t typically allowed.
Recently, OOIDA (Owner-Operated Independent Drivers Association) wrote a formal letter to the largest fast-food franchise in the country – McDonald’s – asking for cooperation and flexibility to help feed carriers across the country. McDonald’s responded with a new plan called “Supporting America’s Truck Drivers.” Carriers can simply download the McDonald’s Mobile Order & Pay app and utilize McDonald’s designated trucker curbside pickup locations. Steps are outlined here on the McDonald’s website.
Texas Roadhouse has also stepped up to help the country’s carriers with a food-pickup program designed just for them. Carriers simply call a Texas Roadhouse location or order online here, pull up to the restaurant and a hot meal is brought out to the truck. Note, because a few Texas Roadhouse locations can’t participate due to spacing limitations, the restaurant chain has advised carriers to call ahead and ensure a specific location can accommodate.
OOIDA has encouraged the National Restaurant Association and the International Franchise Association to keep their member restaurants open and accessible for all truckers during the COVID-19 response. The organization is hopeful it will see more restaurant chains reaching out to truck drivers with new programs or pickup options soon.
OOIDA has also been pushing to either reopen or keep open rest areas throughout the country. It was recently successful in getting the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to reopen many of its formerly closed rest areas for carriers traveling through the state.
Car haulers across the country can easily monitor all openings, closures and special carrier accommodations, through Land Line and its real-time updates here. ACERTUS will continue to monitor these openings and closures, as well, and deliver any important updates via its blog and social media pages.
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