Welcome to Monday Transportation in Minutes. I’m not trying to make light of the coronavirus.
It is real. It is serious, but it’s everywhere. How do we get away from this bad news, this constant delivery of horrible, horrible news that the media keeps throwing at us? And I think we do it by looking at a little bit of data that shows us that transportation actually might be the silver lining in all of this. Who is stocking the shelves?
Who is bringing this toilet paper that everybody’s going crazy to buy? The truckers are.
Transportation companies are and for once in a long time, the government sees the value of truckers.
Transportation companies are and for once in a long time, the government sees the value of truckers. They’ve even suspended the hours of operations for emergency supply deliveries. Thank goodness everybody’s understanding how important trucking is to the United States economy. The downside is so many other businesses are going to be affected by it.
And that is true and we have to be aware of it and we have to be open to understand this domino effect. The good news is for us in the transportation industry and for you as a trucker or a tower, for a tower for example, cars are still going to break down. Unfortunately, there will still be accidents on the highway that have to be moved to the side and opened up and truckers have to deliver the freight that’s being consumed at these crazy volumes. Freight volume is through the roof. Freight rates are nicely moving up.
Fuel prices are coming down. It actually may end up being a little bit of a shot in the arm for the trucking industry. I’m not here to downplay the coronavirus. It is a big deal. To be Frank with you, I’m not so sure that the virus is that big of a deal.
They’re turning out to be the people who are saving the American economy and American people in this time of need.
I think the way we’ve reacted to it and the economic change that it will cause is the big deal. But truckers are turning out to be the heroes in this thing. They’re turning out to be the people who are saving the American economy and American people in this time of need. So huge shout out to every one of us in the doggone transportation industry that’s doing our part to keep the American economy rolling. Drive safe.
Keep six feet away from people as best you can. Wash your hands for 20 seconds and please understand that the world is starting to understand and believe and appreciate truckers for the first time in a long time. So congratulations to you all.
We’ll see you down the road.
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