Driving trucks is not considered as a skill driven job and most people would wonder what special skills a truck driver must possess. Most people who end up driving trucks do so because they have no other choice. But over the years, after meeting countless truck drivers all over the world, there are certain qualities that most successful people make them stand out.
- Good organizers
Often good truck drivers are good organizers too. Most trips demand a routine that helps the driver arrive at a particular destination that could be thousands of kilometers from the initial starting point. An organized driver must be able to time the fuel refills and the stops for meals just correctly so as to arrive at the destination in good time. It is very easy to go astray with the set routine and in doing so, could end up using more fuel and also, more importantly, more time.
- Excellent Communicators
Often a merchandise has to be moved across politically different areas. And usually, this brings about a change in language used as well as a change of cultures. A good truck driver must be able to handle the most amounts of languages to work well at the job. Not just that, he must be able to convey what he has to say most succinctly. So, good communications skills are imperative.
- Must Be Technically Inclined
With the complex nature of trucks these days it is only a good technical mind that would be able to link with the technology in use today. Not just the basic mechanics but also controls and surveillance techniques as well. This is usually a skill that is picked up in the early stages of truck driving jobs that it comes as second nature to many, but nevertheless, a must have quality for most drivers. Lack of a technical inclination would in many cases limit the type of trucks that the person can handle with ease. This would severely hamper a growth in career and future prospects.
- Social skills
It is important that a good truck driver has very good social skills that would enable him to be at ease with the most people. This helps immensely with the different cultures that come into contact with the driver each day. A good driver must also be at ease with his superiors as well. What the firms wants from his output must be taken in for a good work performance each time. The driver must also be able to let others know of his requirements and shortcomings as well. A comfortable relationship must be established with all people that the driver comes into contact with.
- Driving Skills
Lastly, we deal with what most drivers must be good at – driving well. It is important that the driving habits that exist beyond each boundary of culture and politics be assimilated to give the best possible performance each time. Each set of cultures does tend to have different driving habits and etiquette. A good truck driver must be able to differentiate and modify his driving style to effectively function in each cultural background that he drives through. Road signs must be followed as well as understood.
Thus, what a lot of people take as simple facts of life with regards to a good truck driver are in fact skills that are honed over years of experience. People that do not have the right mix of qualities would with time be laid by the side. So, if one is dealing with a truck driver of a decades experience or more, rest assured he would not be a normal person in the true sense.