This is from a larger series of how to recruit Truck Drivers.
Being a truck driver involves far more than being seated behind the wheel of a vehicle and driving all day. There are plenty of skills needed in order to do a great job at it. The image of truck drivers isn’t the best in society, and many drivers work to change that way of thinking by always providing fast, friendly service.
Exceptional communication skills make a terrific truck driver. You have to be able to speak with your dispatcher in order to get the right loads and to work out any delivery or pick up issues. You will also meet people as you go about your job and you need to be able to get along well with them.
Navigation is a large component of driving a semi truck as there are some roads that can be used and those that can’t. Truck drivers have to be able to read maps so they can find their destination. They also need to look out for clearance information pertaining to bridges and bypasses to make certain their truck and trailer aren’t too high to fit under them.
Truck drivers must be responsible and dependable. Driving a semi truck can be hazardous for yourself and for other people on the road. Paying attention to the activity taking place out there is going to help prevent accidents from happening. Adhering to the rules on the road and complying with the speed limit is very important.
Motivation is very helpful for truck drivers because it assists them to get their job done successfully. It can be too easy to turn off that alarm and go back to bed when you are tired, but knowing you have a delivery to make is going to help you get moving. Truck drivers also need to be motivated to take care of their own health needs so they can perform as best as possible out there.
Organization is a key skill for productive truck drivers to do. With the new digital logs that are being installed into the trucks, the days of paper logs will become a thing of the past, but you will still need to know how to log trips.
Trip packets have to be completed with all of the necessary paperwork or it can delay your pay for the work you completed. You also have to keep track of your expenses so you are able to use them as deductions on your income tax return.
It is helpful if the truck driver has a basic understanding of how their semi truck runs. This way they can identify any problems that may be prevented as well as complete some of the necessary repairs. While this isn’t a necessity of the job, it definitely comes in handy and it can save a great deal of money for pricey repairs by a professional.
Truck drivers may be male or female, and they vary in age as well as expertise. Having many of these skills will help ensure the individual does well in their role as a professional truck driver. These skills will also help keep the job satisfying because no one wants to work in a profession where they aren’t happy. Working to increase any of these skills will result in parts of the job becoming easier and executed more efficiently.