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When will freight come back?

1cooldad33

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Hello drivers
I have a question please if you could help me. I was wandering when you all think that freight may pick up and come back to normal?
 

Turtle

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Freight should be picking up quite a bit in 4-6 weeks with the auto plants ramping up. But back to normal? 6 months at the soonest, probably a year.
 
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Moot

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I've got a 178 miler picking up in the morning going to Toyota in Princeton. I don't get many direct to plant automotive loads so this could be a good sign. I delivered a 795 mile load this morning so this Toyota load could be it for the week. Every board I've been on or could see with Panther Super Vision had way more vans than daily load average. Until a few weeks ago I was keeping busy and asking for and getting bonuses. I even got a load out of Wyoming a few hours after delivering there. I guess many drivers shut down and are now coming back out. Mask Face 25 pix.png
 

Moot

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Last night I stopped at the J south of the Beloit. I got fuel and went inside for coffee. There were two cashiers working. In order to get coffee or a fountain drink you had to stand in line, pay and then the cashier walked over to the coffee/fountain drink area and fill your request. What a screwed up mess. All of the other truck stops that I have frequented have the drink area blocked off with an employee behind the barricades to fill your order or its self serve like usual only you can't fill your personal drinking cup. The J on I-70 Columbus allows you to do the self serve thing with their cups but you must get a lid at the cash register. I spent 5 minutes looking for a lid at the coffee island before I saw an 8½ x 11 note stating the lids were at the cash register. Much of the COVID 19 stuff has gone too far. Mask Face 25 pix.png
 

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Uncharted territory. Everybody is trying their best. We'll, maybe not Democrat governors, but everyone else.

The Love's in Sioux Falls, that used to be a Pilot, they've got the self serve drinks and roller grill open like normal.
 

Turtle

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On the Top 10 list of cities with the most COVID-19 cases per capita, #10 is Sioux Falls. Of course, mosre than 80% of North Dakota's COVID-19 cases come from the outbreak at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, so there ya go.

From what I've seen here, masks are worn by maybe 50% of people (Walmart, truck stops, restaurants), but most employees wear them. But social distancing is employed by everybody. No exceptions. If somebody gets too close, people will move away.
 

1cooldad33

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Thanks everyone for your input, I will continue to monitor to see how it is going in case I need to get in this business again.
 
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