What Makes a Trucker, "The Best Trucker?"

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by 7milesout, Mar 9, 2021.

  1. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Canceling cancel culture/CCC
    Freshly ironed track suit. Let's them know you don't #### around. Starch that ####
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  3. 7milesout

    7milesout Bobtail Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Let me write that down. Freshly iron track suit. GOT IT! ;)
  4. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    Well first of all, he pulls open deck.

    That's all I got.
  5. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    All things being equal I guess it's the largest campaign contribution. Did you adopt a blind dog, did you carry a crippled child across the street, do you donate all your free time to the shelter and never miss church on Sunday and are you still a virgin?
    You win cause I don't
  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    This is the simplest question ever posed on this entire forum.

    Just go look at the "Truck load rates halt 2 week slide" thread.

    Those are the elite.
  7. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    The best trucker doesn’t have to blame their trainer or gps for their f up’s. They do their own research and self taught instinctive common sense learning. They take ownership and pride to better themselves.

    And if that fails they don’t blame it on e-logs or poor trip planning.
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  8. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Take these principles and apply them to trucking. The very best drivers are the ones that you don’t notice. Look in the RANT section. Many of you just notice the negative. You see a thousand trucks in a day, but the only one you noticed was the one that tailgated, elephant raced, and camped out on the fuel island.

    Well, it stands to reason that the very best driver in your company saw the exact same thing as you, but somehow circumvented all of the obstacles that you see every single day to a point to where his annual pay, while being the exact same pay scale as yours, equals 1.5-2X the average pay at your company.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2021
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  9. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    Um, what's a log book fer? I don't haul no logs!
  10. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    What Makes a Trucker, "The Best Trucker?"

    i'd say, being clean, neat, wearing good clothing, not ripped, soiled, or grungy.

    being on time for a pick up, or delivery

    doing his/her best to adhere to all traffic


    being respectful to all others, no matter how he/she is treated.

    proper loading, inspection, weighing, securing the customers products

    making sure the equipment is up to standards for the road.

    making sure all paper work is in order and any hazmat bills properly labeled

    driving thru the truck stop parking lot at a SLOW speed with out the jake brake on

    knowing how to actually read a truckers road atlas map

    keep the lines of communication open with the company.

    knowing when to call it a day in bad weather

    but if there is one thing that makes a trucker the best trucker?

    is that no one is the best, just better than someone else, as there will always be a BETTER trucker than you
  11. carhaulerjeff

    carhaulerjeff Light Load Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    well this is simple
    one that hauls cars
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