A few words from the CDC for our drivers:
As a long-haul truck driver, how can I protect myself and slow the spread?
As a long-haul truck driver, you spend many hours alone in the cab of your truck. However, there are times when you will be at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. For long-haul truck drivers, potential sources of exposure include having close contact with truck stop attendants, store workers, dock workers, other truck drivers, or others with COVID-19, and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after contacting surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19.
Notify your supervisor and stay home if having symptoms.
Make a plan with your employer and your family as to what to do if you become sick while you’re on the road. Include where to stop, where and how to seek medical advice and treatment, and plans for freight delivery.
Follow CDC-recommended steps if you are sick. You should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
Follow CDC recommended precautions and notify your supervisor if you are well but have a sick family member at home with COVID-19.
Limit close contact with others by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet when possible.
Limit time spent outside of the truck cab during fueling, loading and unloading, and at rest and truck stops.
Use paperless, electronic invoicing for fueling, deliveries, and other tasks, when available.
Contact facilities in advance to make an appointment for unloading of cargo. Be aware that some facilities may not grant access to restrooms, and plan as best you can.
Use radio/phone to talk with dock managers or other drivers, if possible.
Pack food, water, and supplies to limit the number of stops.
Avoid shaking hands.
Keep your truck well-ventilated.
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Cloth face coverings may prevent people who don’t know they have the virus from transmitting it to others. These face coverings are not surgical masks or respirators and are not appropriate substitutes for them in workplaces where masks or respirators are recommended or required.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a routine basis such as:
In the truck cab (driver door handle, steering wheel, seat belt and buckle, arm and head rest, seat cover, turn signal, wiper controls, dashboard, air ducts, radio, and temperature controls).
In the sleeper berth (light switches, mattress tray, temperature controls, and other flat surfaces).
If a third party must have access to the interior of your truck (for example., mechanics, other drivers, inspectors), request that the third party clean and disinfect the truck before turning it back over to you.
For disinfection, use products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2external icon, diluted household bleach solutions, or alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and are appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s directions for use and clean hands afterwards; more detailed cleaning and disinfecting guidance is also availableexternal icon.
Practice proper hand hygiene. This is an important infection control measure. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Key times to clean hands include:
Before entering and leaving the cab, including deliveries, loading and unloading of cargo, rest breaks, fueling, and other activities;
Before eating or preparing food;
After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings;
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
After using the restroom.
Avoid touching surfaces often touched by others when outside of the cab.
Do not share personal protective equipment (PPE) (such as vests, safety glasses, hard hats), tools, phones, radios, or other personal items.
Use pre-qualified truck stops or hotels identified by your employer as having appropriate COVID-19 protections.
Continue to comply with current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrationexternal icon (FMCSA) regulations.
Get adequate sleep (7–9 hours) prior to driving. This is critical even when essential supplies and equipment are being transported.
Pull over, drink a cup of coffee. or take a 15–30 minute nap before continuing if you feel fatigued while driving.
When team driving or ride-alongs are required, wear cloth face coverings inside the truck and avoid sharing bedding in the sleeper berth.
If any directive from your employer or a shipper is unclear, ask questions.
April/May 2020: Have you thanked a truck driver lately?
We are so proud of the extraordinary job truck drivers are doing during this crisis. Are you a member of the public who is grateful that your store shelves are being restocked because truck drivers continue to roll? We sure are!
Throughout history our nation’s truck drivers have been depended on to support the country in our time of need. Once again, they have answered the call. Like the saying says, “if you got it, a truck brought it”. Remember those words as you wait for store shelves to be restocked with food, emergency relief supplies as well as vital medical and sanitation products we need to combat the spread of this virus.
As a society we enjoy an unparalleled level of security and certainty because of the sophistication and reliability of our modern supply chain. In large part, it is the professional driver that ultimately makes it happen. Truck driving is an essential service. Please treat these front-line workers with the upmost respect and dignity they deserve and thank a trucker for the amazing job they are doing during this critical time. --CTA
March 2020: A huge shout out to all of our staff during this time of crisis. We appreciate you, and thank you!
January 2020: A new year, a new fuel tank! Our 10,000 gallon fuel tank was delivered and will make life much easier for the drivers to fuel at the yard before they leave for their trips.
Bruce and his co-pilots are ready to hit the road! Keep an eye out for these hot dogs on the road!
December 2019: Annual Safety meeting and holiday party was a great time. Time to bring in the New Year!
November 2019: SDX driver Leann was on board with the Boy Scouts of America. She drove a truck for "Scouting for food." It is the largest one day food drive. 1.9 million food items were collected. These items stock local food pantries.
October 2019: SDX was delighted to visit the Foristell, MO scale house to take an up close and personal look at what our drivers go through during a safety inspection and what inspectors are looking for when they pull in trucks.
September 2019- SDX was proud to participate in "things that go" put on by Mehlville School District. Kids of all ages came out to explore one of the SDX trucks. Thanks to Rick for showing off his truck.
August 2019: It sure is a hot one out there, just ask our parking lot sealing crew, come by and check out their great work. The "B Team" is back at it
July 2019 news: We are happy to welcome 6 new 2020 T680 Kenworths to the fleet. Trucks will hit the pavement any day now. Keep an eye out for us!
June 2019 news: Just poured the fuel tank drop pad. With help from the guys in the shop and a few office staff. Stay tuned for the fuel tank delivery!
April News 2019:
We have officially moved! Come check us out at our new terminal 1090 Cassens Industrial Court in Fenton, MO. Stay tuned for our ribbon cutting.
May News 2019:
Brand new trucks are in! Check out the new 2020 Kenworth T680. Fully stocked with APU, refrigerator, automatic 12 speed transmission and more.
March News 2019:
March News 2019:
Did you see SDX at the St. Patrick's day parade downtown? SDX was proud to drive Clark Academy of Irish Dance's float again this year. Special shout out to Jerry for donating his time to help out.
February News 2019:
WE MOVED! Come check out our new Terminal at 1090 Cassens Industrial Court.
January News 2019: Our 40th Anniversary Safety Meeting and Holiday party was a great Success. Drivers and employee families enjoyed a great safety meeting, dinner, and dancing. Families were able to learn about CSA scores and how important FMCSA is.
December News 2018: With trucking comes compliance. Tina and Kate made it out to the DOT General Safety Session this month. They left with great information to share with the team, and a few good photos!
November News 2018: With Cooler temperatures, all of the trees are changing. Drivers are sending in great photos of fall!
October News 2018:
Check out the newest edition to the SDX . This month we added 10 brand new trailers to the fleet. Next stop, paint shop for decals.
SDX was happy to participate in The Troy Truck Convoy. It is a fundraising and awareness event that creates a unique partnership between Law Enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois so that athletes can continue to train in year-round sports activities. A special Thanks to Bruce Mueller for driving the truck in the convoy, he was a part of the 26 miles of trucks.
August 2018: Special visitors...... Rita, Hannah, Andrew and Abby stopped by to check out what the SDX drivers do everyday. They had a blast!
July 2018: Check out the new trucks! We have 5 brand new 2018 Peterbilt's on the road. Sharp looking truck, and even better looking driver, if I do say so myself!
June 2018 News: In June SDX made a large food donation to Operation Food Search. We were able to provide food so Operation Food Search can help feed over 330 communities in Missouri and Illinois. This organization distributes enough food to feed over 200,000 people every month. We were and are happy to contribute to such a great charity.
Hello April 2018! Truck 869, Driver Rodney Riley is on the way out to pick up a load of Fertilizer. April Showers bring May flowers.
May 2018: April showers...bring may Flowers! Tina's hard work paid off in the festive planter proudly displayed. Still waiting on the decals!
March 2018 News: Did you make it down to the St. Patrick's Day Parade Downtown St Louis? If so, you probably saw the CAID float proudly driven by
one of SDX's finest, Jerry.
February 2018: Great speakers, powerful discussions & so much more at Women In Trucking's (WIT) conference in Kansas City, MO last month. Women are feeling more empowered than ever to make a difference in the industry #WIT2017
DECEMBER 2017 News: 39th Annual Holiday party and Safety Meeting was a blast! We had a great speaker, Rose, that educated us on our stats and scores.
November 2017 News:
What better way to close out October, that with a Halloween Party? Costumes are not mandatory, but always funny!
October 2017 News:
Boo! Have you seen our new trailers on the road? They will be sneaking around the US!
September 2017 News:
Where did summer go? 3 more of the new Freightliners are in and on the road.
2018 Evolution Cascadias. Say "hi" to Ron!
2 of the new Freightliners are in and on the road.
Just Waiting on 3 more from the factory.
July 2017 News:
Keep an eye out for 3 new Kenworth and 5 new Freighliners. Hitting the road in July!
June 2017 News:
Jose, Andy and Kate made the trip out to Chillicothe, OH to tour the Kenworth factory and watch the new trucks roll off the line.
May 2017 News:
The "I Heart Trucking" Photo Contest was is in full swing. This contest offers driver and transportation professionals a way to share their view of trucking with others in a positive way. This year's theme is "Women In Trucking's 10th Birthday.
March 2017 News:
Did you catch SDX at the St. Patrick's Parade downtown St. Louis? See below a few shots from the fun event. Slainte!
February 2017 News:
SDX is ever expanding. As of Jan 2017 we have 3 new Great Dane 53 foot plate trailers to better serve your needs. 3 more to come! 5 new Tractors are on order as well.
September 2020: Thank you Truckers!
This year's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 13-19, 2020, and takes on a special significance considering the crucial role truck drivers have played during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly every aspect of daily life is made possible because a truck driver delivered the goods and resources people need.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is an important time for America to pay respect and thank all the professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs. These 3.5 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely, and on time, they also keep our highways safe.
So if you see a trucker, make sure to tell them thank you!