Any truck driver that’s been on the road for a while knows that there are good days and bad days. They also know that often times when it’s good, it’s really good. The weather is nice, roads are smooth, and you’re on time with every load. Unfortunately, this goes the other way as well. We’ve all hear the saying “when it rains, it pours...”
We received a story from one of our drivers a little while ago telling us about some of his first experiences with trucking. Let’s just say this driver learned pretty quickly that in trucking, you need to just take thing one mile at a time.
“When I first started training, my trainer and I got our first load and started to do a trip plan. As soon as we got everything down, we got a message telling us to swap a load with another driver, we were also informed that this was going to be a late load; there was nothing we could do about it. Things went downhill from there.
On our very next load our reefer unit broke down. We got that fixed, which put us 4 hours behind schedule, and got 300 miles down the road when it broke again, setting us back another 2 hours. Well, eventually we got that load delivered got another one.
With this load, we got stuck behind a big snow storm. Luckily, we were able to still deliver this load on time and went pick up another one from that same spot. The load wasn’t ready when we got there because the meat had a hold on it so we waited. Then we waited… and waited… 12 hours goes by before the afterhours rep. gives us an update.
As you can imagine, this was a very crazy first week. However, despite it all we were still able to get about 4,000 miles and all throughout my training, no one if the fleet had an accident and as far as I know, they still haven’t. I learned a lot from my training, and even though there were hard days I am proud of it. I’m excited to get my own truck, get out on the road, and continue to learn even more.”
This is a great example of one of those times when the rain just keeps on coming. However, all throughout it, the driver never quit, he never gave up. In the end, that’s what really matters. He took a tough experience and, instead of focusing on how hard things were, he turned it into a learning experience.
Sometimes being a truck driver can be hard, especially when you’re just starting out. Stick with it, learn from all the experiences, the good and the bad, and you’ll find that things get better as you go along. Just remember, that even though it may be raining now, there is always sun behind the clouds.