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How do you stay calm on the road as a truck driver?

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Gladhand's Comment
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I was a very reactive driver leading up to last month when I got bells palsy and was off work for 3 weeks. It changed my whole perspective at looking at things. For one if you let things get to you it will lead to something worse happening.

I got ****ed off because I was put out of service in Yuma, AZ and had to go to the truckstop to get things fixed. 2 hours later I backed into another truck, thankfully I just broke a mirror and nothing worse.

Brett talks about this a lot, you have to be careful because things build up and lead to something worse if you let it.

Now nothing bothers me. I no longer get mad at 4 wheelers because I can whine about it over and over again, but these people will still do stupid things. It is up to me to keep them and myself safe. Also yesterday I go to deliver on time and was told my delivery was supposed to be 3 days earlier, now I could get mad at dispatch, but it doesn't solve anything. I just relaxed and let the people in charge fix the problem.

We have to be proactive and really not get stressed out about things that are out of our control. Trucking is a roller coaster. One day will be the greatest day of your life and the next will be absolute hell.

Have to take things as they come and learn how to deal with them in a healthy matter. Now I could complain with the other drivers that have been sitting due to low freight, but instead I choose to spend my time more productively working on myself. The hardest person to deal with, out here is not a dm , shippers, receivers, it's the man in the mirror. Control your emotions and trucking is one hell of a job!

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Penny's Comment
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It's interesting. My school is kind of showing us that.

If we complain about being cut off, complain about a quick light change, miss a gear and curse, etc., they consider it road rage. I don't know how many points are taken off for that, but I'm sure it's a lot. Basically they are training us to control our emotions in any situation and to focus on driving safely.

I found it odd and maybe harsh when they first mentioned this, but now I understand it a little better. We are responsible for a lot...our own lives and that of others on the road. We need the cool heads.

If you're worried about it, you're probably going to be fine. You're thinking ahead.

Good luck to you!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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