Not knowing much about the trucking industry, it just seems to me that the dispatcher and driver have to be very important to the success of the company. Therefore everything the driver and dispatcher can do to help each other makes the other look good! Does that make sense?
Personal appearance has always been important to me (I suspect my time in the military has something to do with it) and I know even if it isn't possible or if it's difficult to shower you can always shave, put on clean clothes and use a couple of cans of deoderant prior to a delivery or going into someones office.
I have done a lot of traveling over the years and during the past several months, since deciding on embarking on a 'second' career as an OTR driver I have paid attention to truckers at rest areas and truck stops....there are a lot of slobs out there and there are a lot of guys you see that maintain a good personal image even though you know they are dragging ###....I don't think it takes much more effort to maintain yourself than to just let yourself go....to each his own.
Do you guys know of any other trucker forums on the web?
Again thanks for the input and I know there are other newbies out there sucking up this info....the more we know going in the better off we'll be...