New Podcast Episode 6: Do You Have What It Takes?

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey everyone, we have another new episode of our podcast "The Road Home" and it's titled:

Do You Have What It Takes?

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Anyone that considers a career in trucking will wonder if they have what it takes to survive and thrive out there as a trucker. So what does it take to make it in the trucking industry? We'll talk about some traits you should have, or should develop, if you hope to find happiness and success out there as a driver.

Our podcast is now on iTunes and you can find it here:

The Road Home From TruckingTruth on iTunes

Enjoy!

Do You Have What It Takes?

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.
Old School's Comment
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Excellent content Brett!

So far each of these have been succinct and to the point, yet filled with valuable, and helpful information.

This particular one is highly recommended by me.

John C.'s Comment
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Another very helpful podcast. Thanks Brett for the realistic viewpoint and great tips!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Thanks guys!

So far each of these have been succinct and to the point, yet filled with valuable, and helpful information.

Thanks!

Ya know I've been listening to a lot of podcasts the past couple of months and so many of them simply hit "record" and let it ride. Whatever happens, happens. The recording quality often isn't very good, the content isn't well planned out, and they "ummmmm" and "uhhhhhh" their way through it.

I decided I would make sure mine were indeed short and to the point, and well edited. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to do one of these the way I'm doing them, even though they're only about 5 to 15 minutes long. But it's worth it because once it's done, it's done, and you're going to live with it forever. So it's worth taking the time to do a professional recording and all of the editing it takes to get it right. At least that's how I see it.

Oh, and if anyone has any ideas for topics they'd like me to cover just let me know!

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BillTheSlink's Comment
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Absolutely loved it. The one trait that I don't have is one you said will develop--nerves of steel. I hope it's true that it will come in time. I have had a few close calls in my vehicles and I sure can't say I handled it with nerves of steel, although I did manage to push onward. I hope that will come in time when I do hit the road.

Brett, once again thanks for this great podcast.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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Well done Brett. I've personally only been at it now for a year and what a year it has been. Everything you mention is accurate. With to me the biggest need you mentioned is patience. If anyone ever has to try and drive in NYC or any major city in heavy traffic without patience I would be scared to see your heart rate.

It's been a excellent one year for me and I can't wait to keep on going. Sadly, LTL is slow right now. But all part of the job

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier
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