Some people are just born with a love of the open road. The idea of getting behind the wheel and the freedom to see the sights and different parts of the country excites them more than the idea of a job that does the same things day in and day out. But just because you love to drive and get out of town does that make you fit for a career in truck driving? Maybe. Here are some of the personality traits we at Bay and Bay Transportation often see in our best truck drivers.
You have a strong sense of intuition and problem solving.
Unlike a corporate job where you may have bosses and co-workers around you nearly at all times, a truck driving job is mostly solitary. You need to be able to make decisions without having access to immediate feedback sometimes. You must be the kind of person who can weigh options against risks and make decisions based on both your training and your experience with a dash of common sense thrown in for good measure.
You have a patient nature.
As a truck driver on the road, there will be many variables that will be out of your hands, DOT inspections, traffic and weather just to name a few. If you are prone to extreme frustration with policies and procedures or circumstances that are out of your control then this may not be the career for you. Successful drivers realize that when things have to be done they may not always go as planned and they plan for the unexpected.
You are flexible.
While the road offers flexibility, it can also be unpredictable. There may be times you need to work harder than expected and days where schedules don’t cooperate. Rigs can break down and unplanned detours can delay you. If you’re a person who can easily adapt to “plan B” then your success will be greater than someone who feels anger when things don’t go as planned. People who have a positive outlook rather than a “the world is out to get me” outlook are the most successful (and well compensated) drivers.
You are ethical.
Driving a truck is a huge responsibility. Besides the obvious challenge of driving a multi-ton vehicle safely, there are many policies and procedures that need to be abided by. These are designed for your safety, the safety of the goods to be delivered and for other people on the road. Bay and Bay Transportation is specifically seeking those individuals who live by the Golden Rule as well as standards set by the National Industry Transportation League for excellence in driving.
If you are considering a career as a truck driver we’d love to talk to you and give you more information about the truck driving opportunities available. Contact us today for openings and requirements to see if you are a good fit for this excellent career on the road.