Every profession requires certain qualities and strengths of character and we will all agree to that. When it comes to trucking though everybody thinks they can do it. What can it be so hard – it is just driving right? Well according to some statistics there are certain traits truckers should have in order to execute their duties. I believe though that with a little training and practice most people can manage to drive a semi truck.
Top truck drivers traits:
Reliable and Responsible
In the transportation industry deadlines are very important and truck drivers have to be able to do what they have promised when they have promised. Customers and companies have schedules and meeting them depends on the trucker’s timely performance. Great truckers are the solution to a shipping problem, not the problem. But are the truckers really the problem? Today the trucking industry is facing challenges and one of them is the shortage of truck drivers. Where really lies the problem?
Alert and Fit
Driving requires multitasking, which requires alertness. To be alert one needs to be in a good physical condition. This straightforward logic tells us that one is not happening (or at least at its best) without the other. That’s why these two characteristics are put together. Alertness and good physical health will help truck drivers recognize and react to challenges on the road. Drivers should be able to easily evaluate a situation and react on time.
Patient and Flexible
This characteristic will help a trucker manage stressful situations easily. A long distance truck driver should not vent on his family, or the dispatcher every time a load is late or the truck breaks. Road conditions also affect this industry often meaning the driver has to be ready to change plans, timelines and routes. A truck driver has to have people skills because in fact drivers deal with many people all the time in their work hours. So, be polite and cool if you are going to be a good driver.
Independent and Bold
It’s not a coincidence that most truck drivers are independent contractors. Or is it? Truck drivers must be self-dependent, able to handle their responsibilities and rely on their decisions. Most truckers don’t have a manager or support team to help them resolve a problem. They are alone most of the work day and they have to rely only on themselves. This requires, just like in many other profession, keeping up to date with the industry standards and best practices. Drivers must be able to solve problems with loading and traffic for example, whenever they occur.
Another important characteristics or rather a skill is being mechanically trained. Truck drivers should have basic understanding of the truck’s engine and mechanics so they can fix minor problems like changing a light bulb. The more a truck driver knows about mechanics the better for him and his packet in fact. It is an advantage that will allow a trucker to asses a mechanical break down and help him/her avoid possible overcharge at the auto repair shop.
After some research I discovered that these are the major traits one should have in order to be a good truck driver. I still think that after a good training course and some practice most of us can manage to be a truck driver, but there are always exceptions. These traits are common for many other professions for sure. Being a trucker though is more difficult because besides all these characteristics one should be able to drive a big truck which is not easy. So, we should congratulate all those hard working truck drivers on the road and thank them for what they are doing. At Corsia Logistics we thank them every day! America runs on trucks after all.
What do you think are the most important traits for truck drivers? Do you have what it takes to be a truck driver?