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Mr. Groves's Comment
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What is the ideal PERSONALITY for a driver? Do I have a driver personality and how can one tell?

JoAnne EC's Comment
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I'm sure those with the know-how will be along shortly to insert the invaluable links to what you should read to answer your questions =)

In the meantime, if you go up to the search bar toward the top of the page, type in "is truck driving right for me" or some similar phrase and you'll find lots of great answers! Best of luck!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Turtle's Comment
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STart here er...Mr. Groves. When you make it thrOugh these you'll be well on your way to unDerstanDing the personality required to succeed at this. It all starts here. Good luck.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rob T.'s Comment
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STart here er...Mr. Groves. When you make it thrOugh these you'll be well on your way to unDerstanDing

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Nicely played!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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STart here er...Mr. Groves. When you make it thrOugh these you'll be well on your way to unDerstanDing

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Nicely played!

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Dave Reid's Comment
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Based on a careful study conducted by my former company that I think could even be called scientific, I assure you that there is no particular driver personality and no way for anyone to tell whether anyone else can be successful as a driver. That's why so many giant corporations hire zillions of drivers with no personality or similar assessment whatsoever...put them through training...administer a driving test...put them in a truck...dispatch them...and hope for the best. Hope isn't a great business strategy, but in this case, it is all there really is.

So, what can determine whether this is the right career for you? You do. It is simply up to you whether this is for you or not. Either you will want it or you won't, and you won't know for sure until you give it a good try.

But, you can gather data to help you decide whether to take the plunge. Go to the home page on this site and follow all the links. Read Brett's book. Read everything. It's all free. If you want to proceed, fill out the app on here to apply to the many paid training programs.

In 18-24 months, you'll know if you're a trucker.

Best wishes!

What is the ideal PERSONALITY for a driver? Do I have a driver personality and how can one tell?

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Got a pulse and live above ground? You MAY have the ideal personality to be a highly successful driver.

Mr. Groves's Comment
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Got a pulse and live above ground? You MAY have the ideal personality to be a highly successful driver.

Well, just for fun I just did one of these Briggs-Meyer online personality tests (like a question and answer survey) and they said I was an "ARCHITECT".

Specifically, an INTJ-T

introverted-intuitive-thinking-judging and turbulent

A personality typical of the world's top scientists and engineers.

Where Assertive individuals (their opposite number) tend to be calm, relaxed, and free from worry, Turbulent types are more likely to be self-conscious perfectionists, concerned about their abilities or about how others perceive them. One similar test I did a few years back said I was COLD, ANALYTICAL and CALCULATING.

Keith A.'s Comment
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Being as I am an INTJ and I am... nine days away from celebrating my first year OTR... Myers Briggs is completely useless as an indicator.

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.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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STart here er...Mr. Groves. When you make it thrOugh these you'll be well on your way to unDerstanDing the personality required to succeed at this. It all starts here. Good luck.

LMAO Turtle, I think you're on to something here! rofl-2.gif

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