Distractions Can Kill Your Career, Or Worse - Article By Rainy

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have another awesome article by Rainy:

Distractions Can Kill Your Career, or Worse

This article is really a big deal for everyone because it touches on something you don't hear mentioned nearly enough - our own internal distractions. We all know that eating tacos or changing your clothes while talking on the cell phone is distracted driving. But there are equally dangerous distractions from within that every one of us should be paying close attention to.

Read this article and think about how often you're actually driving distracted, and focus on eliminating those distractions in the future:

Distractions Can Kill Your Career, or Worse

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Unholychaos's Comment
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Great read! I'll add a little bit to the internal distraction side. Sometimes if I'm going to a customer that I know is going to consist of a difficult back (I know this ahead of time because I satellite view every new place I go to), I start to get that nervous feeling in my stomach. That alone can be a huge distraction cause you end up thinking about it before even getting off the interstate. Deep breaths to calm the nerves helps a lot for me.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Dan M.'s Comment
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That was a great read Rainy. Just arrived in Kentucky earlier today getting ready for orientation tomorrow. I am naturally one who heaps pressure upon myself so I will try and follow your advice and cut myself some slack.

Couldn't help but wonder on the way through Virginia and Tennessee if any of you guys were within sight...saw all of the companies represented here. Even mine !!

Colin K.'s Comment
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Thank you for another great article, Rainy. I especially needed to hear that your DM expects you to make mistakes and that we should not beat ourselves up over them. I'm my own harshest critic and am trying to learn to not do that to myself. It's still a work in progress though.

Thanks again, Colin

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.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Thanks guys. i used to beat myself up and found it distracted me more putting me at risk.

stay safe

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