3 Goals to Set for Success as an Entry Level Truck Driver
Goal 1. To be a safe driver. By my actions, I will show that I respect my job and that I am proud to be a truck driver.
Goal 2. To be a leader in the trucking industry by following my company policies, being on time for my loads, and being a good representative for my company when I arrive at the shipper.
Goal 3. To provide for my family and make a career out of the trucking industry by reminding myself daily that you get out what you put in. I will be the driver my dispatcher is proud to have.
In our trucking school, our very first focus is on truck driver safety and how to handle the truck. I feel that if a student wants to eventually become a good driver, they will listen, learn, and follow all instructions in order to be the best they can be when they arrive at their carrier.
We teach students the basic but necessary driving skills to not only pass their state test, but give them some knowledge in terms of what to expect when they get out with their company trainer. We continually encourage them to listen to their trainer and absorb as much knowledge as they can. The more notes they take and the more questions they ask, the better prepared they will be for their future as truck drivers. The worst thing they can do as a student driver (or even as an experienced driver) is to assume they know it all, because that will never happen. Every day you will learn a valuable lesson that hopefully you will pass on to other rookie drivers.
We also teach students to respect and know their truck, pay attention to their surroundings, and always be safe and prepared for any situation going on around them.
We strongly express to the students that if they want to make it in the trucking industry, they must first listen to their trainer, respect their dispatcher, take every load without arguing, whether the load is 2,500 miles or 150 miles with 4 drops. Every load is important to the company and dispatch, and the sooner that you as a driver embrace that concept, the easier it will be. Dispatch will take care of their valuable drivers by giving them as many miles as possible. The success of a driver is based on his actions alone. The school gives them the beginning tools to advance to the carrier. The carrier gives them the tools to advance to an experienced driver, but they still have to use those tools themselves to stay safe and dependable.