One of the things you hear a lot about from trucking company recruiters is the fact that truck drivers enjoy a working environment that does not involve someone looking over their shoulder eight to ten hours a day. Indeed, there is a tremendous amount of freedom that comes with working inside the enclosed spaces of a truck cab without a manager inspecting every detail of your work. But still, truck driving jobs are not for everyone. They are best left for motivated self-starters who do not require constant supervision.
C.R. England loves motivated self-starters who are eager to learn and ready to make money. We make a point of reminding our new drivers that every day they work they are representing our name and our brand. As such, there are certain responsibilities that come with being a truck driver, responsibilities that require a self-starting mindset every single day.
Below is just a small sampling of things related to truck driving jobs that require a self-starter’s attitude. The most successful truck drivers master these things as quickly as possible.
Getting Directions and Planning Routes
Dispatchers are not in the business of giving truck drivers planned routes. They also do not give directions. It is up to the truck driver to find the best way to get from here to there. They plan their own route to account for everything from traffic patterns to construction work to potential weather problems. With every trip taken, a driver’s route planning skills should be improving.
Keeping Dispatch Informed
Because a truck driver cannot do anything to change the personality or attitude of his dispatcher, he or she is left to worry only about him/herself. That means the motivated, self-starting truck driver takes it upon him or herself to keep dispatch informed of pickups, deliveries, and everything in between. A good truck driver keeps the lines of communication open at all times.
Routine Truck Maintenance
Nearly every major carrier in the country requires drivers to be responsible for making sure routine truck maintenance is taken care of. The carrier pays for all the work, but drivers have to schedule maintenance around their loads and locations. This is just the way it needs to be for logistical purposes. Carriers need, and expect, drivers to take the lead in this area. After all, they are the ones inside the trucks on a daily basis. They know better than anyone else when a truck needs a service.
Maintaining Records and Logs
Federal and state laws require truck drivers to keep meticulous records while on the road. They have to log all their working and driving hours, carry manifests that describe their cargo, and more. There is no way a dispatcher or supervisor can take over this responsibility. The truck driver must go it alone.
With Freedom Comes Responsibility
There is no doubt being a truck driver means being free to do your work on a daily basis with little interference. The freedom that comes with being behind the wheel is one of the things that makes truck driving jobs so attractive to so many people. But with that freedom comes responsibility.
Truck driving is not for everyone. It is a job for motivated self-starters who do not need constant supervision. If this sounds like you, C.R. England is interested in talking with you about possibly coming to work for us. We are looking for inexperienced drivers looking to earn a CDL as well as experienced drivers, independent contractors, and even team drivers.