What Does It Take to Be a Trucker? | Part I

With just a little practice, most people are able to drive a tractor-trailer. Working in the US freight industry has a low barrier-to-entry in terms of basic skills, however, being a great truck driver is much more than simply being able to make it from Point A to Point B in a reasonable time. For Freight All Kinds drivers in particular, truck driving is much more serious than it is for the ordinary truck driver. We expect our drivers to have a willingness to learn and grow, so they can become the best in the business. In return, our ground freight shipping company, based in Denver, offers you the opportunity to start a successful career in freight shipping. From marketing and shipping agent jobs, to truck driving and maintenance, there is work to be done at our shipping company! If you are thinking about starting a career in the freight shipping industry, contact us today to get started.

How to Be A Great Truck Driver

Today’s post is focused exclusively on the most emblematic career in freight shipping: the truck driver. Some may think that being a truck driver is easy, but the job can actually be extremely stressful. Here are some of the key characteristics of a great truck driver:

#1: Independent

If you are the kind of person who is happy to spend long-stretches of time on your own and are capable of addressing unexpected problems when they emerge sufficiently without the help of others, you have one quality that makes for a good truck driver. A truck driver must be able to work alone, away from any technical support; addressing mechanical problems, traffic challenges, cargo issues, etc.

#2: Reliable

One of the most important qualities of any truck driver is that they are reliable; you must be the kind of person who, when they say they will be somewhere at a specific time, they are there. If you make promises, you should keep them. There are many challenges that come with truck driving, yet it is the truck drivers job to be the solution, not another problem. Delays aren’t the end of the world, but an unreliable truck driver who is responsible for delays is not someone that can be counted on.

#3: Alert

Last on our list today is “alertness”. A great truck driver must be able to maintain steady awareness of the conditions on the road and remain vigilant at all times. A great truck driver is in-tune with all their senses, not just their eyes. Strange songs, vibrations, or odors can be indications of danger, and every second counts when it comes to preventing trouble.

Become a Truck Driver Today

One of the best things you can do before starting a career in freight shipping is to speak with people who are already working in it to learn what to expect. It’s not an easy job, and it can be stressful at times, but it can also be very rewarding. If you want to learn more or get started on your freight shipping career, contact Freight All Kinds today!

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