What Makes The Best Trucker? 

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Sabrina B.'s Comment
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Outside of any sort of competition, how would you determine what separates the best drivers from the rest of them? 

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Safe, courteous, dependable, on-time and good work ethic. (Whining terminal rats need not apply)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Turtle Protege (formerly 's Comment
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Brett sums up the successful attitude:

I have an exercise for those of you who are fairly new to this career. Even some veterans may not have noticed this. I picked up on it right away early in my career. Look at any driver who has been on the road for maybe 5 - 7 years or more. 95% of them are either as pleasant, laid back, and cheery as a monk or as bitter and miserable as cynical as Scrooge.

All of those years of life on the road will radically enhance your true nature. If you're a positive person you'll become incredibly positive as you build your bank of memories, skills, and relationships. Life on the road gets sweeter with time as you settle into your groove and enjoy doing your thing.

If you're a negative person you eventually spiral downward. You spend your time ranting with the terminal rats in the corners. Your relationships sour. You complain daily about industry politics, rule-makers, corporate management, and law enforcement tactics. You're stressed out, ****ed off, and fed up most of the time.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I'm not worried about what others think of my abilities. If you talk the talk, then walk the walk. I speak of things I can accomplish, don't overpromise to do the impossible. Safety is the number one priority at all times. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Be helpful, courteous, and respectful. Learn as much as possible each day, then pass it on.

Old School's Comment
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Am I the only person wondering if Todd decided to change genders?

PackRat's Comment
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Am I the only person wondering if Todd decided to change genders?

So far?

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Turtle Protege (formerly 's Comment
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Am I the only person wondering if Todd decided to change genders?

Too succinct for a Todd

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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A patient person willing to learn and problem solve on the fly. A can do attitude, patience and attention to detail can get you a long way in this business or so has been my experience. You will encounter things that could make you angry or frazzled often bad drivers rude employees at shippers and consignees, bad weather, road construction etc all of these things can ruin your day or with the right attitude be one more thing you have successfully over come. I would also put the ability to leave your cellphone in the cupholder and out of your hands near the top of the list of importance.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Am I the only person wondering if Todd decided to change genders?

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Am I the only person wondering if Todd decided to change genders?

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So far?

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Hmm......y'all got 'this' females curiosity piqued, that's for sure ... !

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