Truckers are the backbone of the modern industry, in fact almost all of the things that you own, even the food you eat, they all came by truck. Truck driving is an exciting and very fulfilling career choice. As a trucker you spend most of your time plying the highways of this great nation and get to meet a lot of different people, and the pay is not bad either. But becoming a professional trucker is not that easy, only people with “the right stuff” can become a member of this elite band of drivers. Having said that, do you think you have the qualities of a truck driver?
So what are the distinct qualities of a truck driver that you need to have if you want to become one? Here are some of the character traits you need to have if you are interested in becoming a trucker and be successful in your career:
Motivation and Diligence
You will be passing through a lot of hurdles on your way to becoming a professional trucker. Even the basic training that you need to undergo to get your commercial driver’s license (also known as CDL) will be so tough that you may want to quit half way. You need to keep yourself motivated just so you can finish training, and keep that same drive and motivation for many years afterwards if you want to stay long on the job.
Patience and a Good Sense of Responsibility
You will be spending a lot of time on the road, and you will be dealing with a lot of crazy drivers. You need to have a lot of patience in you to keep yourself from getting all fired up and getting too mad. Getting road rage in a large 18-wheeler will not end well for you and the other vehicles you are sharing the road with.
You also need to keep in mind that becoming a truck driver does not mean that you will have no other responsibilities other than delivering your cargo on time. You must be responsible enough to check whatever load it is that you are carrying before, during, and after your journey. And since you are required to fill up a lot of paperwork, you also need to be well organized.
Impeccable Driving Habits
In movies and television shows, truckers are often portrayed as callous and unkempt individuals, which is very far from the truth. Professional truckers may just be the safest drivers who you will be sharing the road with. This is mainly because their driving is closely monitored by the company they are working for.
The vehicles that most trucking companies have in their fleets are all equipped with a GPS sensor, this enables the company to know whenever a driver of theirs is going over the speed limit; they can even tell if they are not wearing their seatbelt. So if you think you are a pretty good driver with a clean driving record, then you might just have the qualities of a truck driver.
These are just some of the important qualities of a truck driver. If you thin k you have them all in spades then you just might be able to join one of the most elite groups of drivers that ply the nation’s roads.