HOW TO BE A TRUCK DRIVER ROOKIE
< “Yesterday I met a new truck driver in the industry”, Frank from Iowa. He was just 6 months out of trucking school, and told me he loves the job but is just not earning enough money! So he was rethinking a career in trucking when i said wait a minute lets see what you’re doing wrong? So we went to the liars bench outside of the Petro truck stop in Eloy Arizona to discuss what he is doing wrong. First he told me he was tired of eating at truck stops every night that’s his first mistake! Eating at the truck stop cost’s a lot and is not healthy, $10 dollars or more per meal and makes your body fatigue.
So I told him he needs to start eating healthy and cheap. Go to wal- mart and get some healthy foods invest in a microwave on the truck. He is spending $200 a week eating at the truck stops when he can live $80 a week from wal- mart. Then the health factor if you’re not eating healthy you can’t drive as many miles because you will get fatigue faster. Then I asked frank how was his relationship with his dispatcher? Frank told me bluntly he is a dickhead well that’s not a good attitude. Make your dispatcher your friend do a lot of small runs on time, and safely without complaint then ask for a long load. “Have a can do attitude with your dispatcher”, and he will recognize you as one of his better drivers, and start to treat you with the same respect you show him. “Also I told frank to check in with his dispatcher every day”, let him know your name and that you care about the quality of the job you do for him every day.
Me and frank talked for a couple of hours and after we talked he walked away with the information needed to start earning more money as a rookie driver and to have longevity in the trucking industry. There are many other little things you can do to earn more money as a rookie truck driver or a seasoned veteran of trucking. “It’s” not very hard to earn a good living in trucking if you have the right attitude”, and the correct information to start out with. So the morale of this story is work hard and think smart and you will earn a lot of money being a truck driver. Gonzotrucker