Trucking With A Stuttering Problem

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Will P.'s Comment
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Hi, I was wondering how big of an issue it would be to have a stuttering problem as an otr driver? I know for the most part I would probably be okay but I’m not sure about talking over the CB, contacting businesses, dealing with the dispatcher , Pre-trip, etc. If it would be too much of a safety concern? I can talk fluently for a good portion of the time but whenever I get snagged, I have to actually spell it out.

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.

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I do not see it being a problem at all, there are many drivers who speak little to no English and they are able to function you should be able too as well.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I also see no issues with it. I've seen drivers that read/spoke zero English, drivers with various speech impediments, drivers that are deaf and even a little person and his little person wife all functional, working and successfully driving. If you are worried about getting nervous and snagging up just carry a note pad and a pen. Most of your communication with your dispatcher will be typed on a Qualcomm or similar electronic device. Hell, I go months on end without talking to anyone in the company, all electronic. If you want to drive a truck jump in and dont let a stutter derail your career choice!!

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

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.
Old School's Comment
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Hey Will, don't even let it be a concern. You've learned to deal with it in life - you'll do the same in trucking. We don't do a lot of talking anyway. Most new drivers don't even use a C.B. I think it's crazy, but it's true. Most of our communication with our company is electronic - via a tablet in the truck.

I see no problem.

Dean R.'s Comment
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Shouldn't be a problem. I developed a slight impediment due to some anxiety. I worked with a student at a local university and she gave me some coping mechanisms and we worked on feeling relaxed while speaking.

Will P.'s Comment
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Thanks for all the feedback!

Dan F.'s Comment
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Depending on where you go you may never actually need to speak very much when it comes to dispatch because you may be using your ELD to communicate in which you will be typing.

If worst comes to worse you can become a comedian like Drew Lynch (he is actually pretty damn amazing at standup) 😁

Seriously though like many of said it won’t be much of an issue.

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