This Are The Things You Need To Be A Truck Driver

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Chuck S.'s Comment
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#1 common sense If you have difficulty figuring out simple problems in life ... better pass on this career... #2 good listener You are going to be subjected to a training session like no other... with a trainer who might not have the patience to deal with you unless you are lucky and to boss throws you the keys and says good luck ... old school ... they don't do that anymore #3 You will be tested beyond what you would ever think your limit is ... meaning if you think you can handle a lot of stuff... put your number you can handle up here and multiply it by 10 ... seriously #4 you need a good work ethic this job/career/lifestyle... well just let me say like with anything ... your are only going to get out of it what you are willing to put into it #5 be a safe driver... doesn't matter what you are driving... these habits should all ready be in your DNA... if you for some reason are one of those people (and there are plenty out there) that have spent there life (long or short) driving crazy and just haven't got caught... well let me tell you ... if you bring those habits to the big truck world ... i guarantee it'll be a short career for you

this is just my top 5... don't want to scare anyone away here from a great career...


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G-Town's Comment
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I’d like to add patience to Chuck’s list.

Jamie's Comment
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This is a great list, I'm still very new but this career has been a big learning curve. Although I was a safe driver before coming into this field, so I didn't have to get over any bad habits. But some of these truckers out here... I've seen some trucks following cars right up on their bumper, the only thing that comes to mind is an accident waiting to happen. It might not happen today, but keep pushing your luck and you'll end up killing yourself or worse someone else.


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Susan D. 's Comment
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Absolutely, Jamie. You'll see crazy stuff out here.. very scary stuff.

Important Stuff. Top 6 of my rules for trainees

Good lane control is a MUST. If you can't keep your s#-+ in your lane around a curve, you're going too fast. Almost got sideswiped by a Werner today.. near misses are all too common by speeding or distracted fcktards.

NO speeding. Ever. The speed LIMIT is the FASTEST you should be going.

NO tailgating. Give plenty of following distance.. and even more in wet or snowy conditions.

Live in your lane. NO unnecessary lane changes. Most accidents (going forward) occur during lane changes.

Take your time and BE PATIENT. When you rush you'll tend to make bad decisions that can snowball into major mistakes.

Put that phone away. It's a distraction. You touch it while driving in my truck, you're history.

There's plenty more but these are my top expectations lol.


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Jamie's Comment
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Put that phone away. It's a distraction. You touch it while driving in my truck, you're history.

Another thing, I've seen many truckers on their phones while driving. It's one thing to use a hands free device, but it's another to have your actual phone in your hand.

We're not allowed to use our phone or hand free devices(or even have a CB..) while driving at Schneider or you'll get fired. I normally set my phone up to play music via an aux cord before starting my drive.

But over all, good rules to follow.

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