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SKILLS TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL TRUCK DRIVER

Drivers generally spend the bulk of their day by themselves in the cab, and even team drivers are typically driving while their co-driver sleeps. This means that trucking is a great career path if you’re interested in an independent lifestyle. That being said, people skills are still important to succeed in this industry.

 

Here are some of the types of people you’ll work with:

DRIVER TRAINER

When you first get started in the industry after graduating from truck driving school. You’ll drive with them during your first few hauls while you get used to trucking.

TIPS FOR GETTING ALONG WITH YOUR DRIVER TRAINER:

Remember that this time is temporary. Whether you get along with your trainer or not, you’ll only have to work with them for a short period of time.

Keep in mind that you’re sharing their truck. Be courteous of their space.

The impression your driver trainer has of you can affect how others at your company view you, so make an effort to be polite and a safe driver.

DISPATCHER

Dispatchers act as go-betweens for truckers and motor carriers. Your dispatcher will be one of the people you interact with most frequently as a trucker. Although dispatchers may not ultimately determine which loads are you assigned, they do have influence over this process.

TIPS FOR WORKING WITH YOUR DISPATCHER:

Inform your dispatcher right away if you are experiencing any delays.

Focus on delivering your loads safely, on time, and undamaged. This makes their job easier and you’ll build a positive reputation.

Be polite

These are just a few of the people you’ll interact with most frequently, but there are many others you’ll encounter on the road, from law enforcement officers to other truckers at stops along the way. Across all the interactions you have, making an effort to be kind will go a long way in helping you build strong relationships and a positive reputation.

 

Earn Your CDL today

If you’re interested in starting a truck driving career. We have a program that can get you on the road and earning in as little as 6-8 weeks.

To learn more about our truck driver training, contact us today.

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