Top Tier Truck Drivers Operate Like Great Business Owners - Article By Old School

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have a great new article from Old School:

Top Tier Truck Drivers Operate Like Great Business Owners

The comparison between a career as a truck driver and owning a small business is an excellent comparison. Truck drivers have far more responsibilities than most workers and make far more decisions about the way they operate than most workers. This fact is what makes trucking so fun and challenging and adventurous for some, but overwhelming and stressful for others.

Are you ready to take on that level of challenge in your life?

Can you handle that level of decision making?

Are you independent enough to operate in this environment?

Trucking is one heck of a challenge and it will separate the best from the rest. If you like being in control and being the captain of your own ship then trucking may be just the job for you!

Top Tier Truck Drivers Operate Like Great Business Owners

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Another great write-up.

Team driving, I wonder if I'll have to also wear a referee hat, lol.

Thanks Old School!

Mark S.'s Comment
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Hello, my name is Mark. I have been a member of trucking truth for some time now. I read a lot of the articles here. But have never commited. I just started driving in January. I have applied a good deal of the ideas found on this web site to my new life as a driver. And it is wotking just as common sense tells me it should. I love driving OTR. I do not turn down loads. I do my best to be a team player. I just had my best week so far and i can tell by the loads i am getting that im building the needed trust a good driver must have. This site is the only site i go to. Those of you who are new drivers or are looking at becoming a driver. This site will provide a solid place to learn the right way to go about being a good driver. Thank you to all that contribute to trucking truth

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Old School's Comment
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Welcome Mark!

Thanks for introducing yourself. We are more than happy to have you join our conversations. Of course we are thrilled to know that our efforts have helped you make a good start at this career.

Again, welcome aboard!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Old School...you kill.me! i just said in another article "i think that FM.is supposed to be my boss, but it doesnt feel.like it"

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we think so much alike.

Fm:

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.
Schmidtrock's Comment
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I thoroughly enjoyed your article Old School, and have taken some of the excellent points you made to heart. As I re-start my OTR career after eight years off road, I am fully recognizing some issues I had with my previous mindset. Thanks for sharing this!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jrod's Comment
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OLD SCHOOL: Most of your average truck drivers think of their dispatcher as their boss. Not me! That dispatcher is my customer. That is a critical distinction. I am constantly selling myself to that customer. In business you soon realize that your customers are your lifeline. They provide you with work. They provide you with cash flow. They are what keeps you afloat. They are your most important relationship when it comes to your success. If they are unhappy with the way you are performing, they will look elsewhere to get the things they need. When they are happy with what they are getting they will always be there for you.

How do you keep a customer happy? By always taking care of the things they need you to do, and if you can exceed their expectations in the process, then you are really securing their favor and loyalty. Your relationship with your dispatcher is vitally important to your success. If you can think of them as someone you want to serve well, you will have success. They are not here to serve you, but you are here to serve them. If you can do that, you will reap the rewards.

I can already hear the blockheads screaming "I DON'T KISS ANYONE'S ***, THEY SHOULD BE KISSING MINE!"

And the vicious cycle for them continues...

Dispatcher:

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.
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