At what point does a truck driver start to earn respect as a safe driver?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Lennythedriver, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Light Load Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    At what point does a truck driver start to earn respect as a safe driver? Like approximately how many miles does a driver have to accumulate before other truckers or their superiors will kind of view them as a good driver? I’ve got about 155,000 ticket free, accident or incident free miles and I honestly feel like I drive the truck now about as confidently and competently as most drivers out there. I mean there’s only so much knowledge and skills you can gain as each of us have our own peak.

    so I’m basically asking if you’re shooting the bull with another truck driver, at what point would he consider you likely to be a good experienced driver, I hear numbers like 1,000,000 miles and I hear about these truckers that have three and 4,000,000 miles with no incidents, I think some of those might leave a little fender bender out here in there. LOL or a banged up trailer perhaps. I’ve made it to 150,000 miles and I can see how going to like 2 million without any sort of incident at all, could be quite difficult. Because you know what happens out there
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  2. Muskie

    Muskie Light Load Member

    Feb 27, 2019
    As soon as you give it too yourself.
  3. Deere hunter

    Deere hunter Medium Load Member

    Aug 5, 2017
    Usually I give respect to another human being immediately, then it’s up to them to keep it that way!!!
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  4. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    sarasota, fl
    Well I've been driving since 95. I'm still waiting.
  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Only you can answer that one.

    If you have awards, then there’s your answer.

    If you’ve had an accident at 3:00 EST today and none since, then you’ve been a safe driver for an entire 5 minutes.

    Whatever you’re situation is, bear this in mind. Typically, when one starts telling himself or others that he’s good is when starts screwing up.
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  6. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Medium Load Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    I’d say when you’re done driving a truck. You can easily slip up the very next time you drive if your content with respect
  7. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    Humboldt, Sk
    Statistics say the most common driver experience level for single vehicle tractor trailer roll over accidents is 3 - 5 years. They get over confident too soon.
    So if you make if past five years, you are in the ball park.
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  8. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Medium Load Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    I’ve never had it come up in a conversation!
  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    "to earn, one must give"

    Here are some tips that can help you earn more respect.
    1. Be kind. Always be polite to everyone you meet during the day, from your spouse and children to your co-workers, to the checkout person at the grocery store. ...
    2. Act respectfully. ...
    3. Listen well. ...
    4. Be useful. ...
    5. Don't make excuses. ...
    6. Let go of anger. ...
    7. Be willing to change.
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