Let me first start by saying that this does not imply any less gratitude to all drivers giving their time, effort, and safety to various employers to get a very important job done for our communities and country. Understanding the current Class-A job environment including the recent pay increases is very important not just as an employer but also as a driver; or otherwise a prospective candidate. So for any drivers reading this: doing these 5 things will ensure that you not only keep your newly acquired high-paying Class-A CDL position but also excel at it. For any employers reading this article, these are just a few things that you should be looking for in the qualities of new Class-A driving candidates to ensure safe operations, good customer service, and an all-around good company atmosphere and culture.
NOTE: As usual, it is implied that safety is a core concern within each of these categories. I like to think that this is assumed by all people reading my content.
#2: Pre/Post-Trip Inspections
TIP: For employers – there are certain logging systems out there that have a greater focus on this category. Take ‘Zonar’, for instance. They have stickers that are placed at certain points around the equipment that the driver must place their ELD near to ‘check’ them off on the pre/post-trip inspection. This won’t guarantee that it is done correctly, but it certainly helps!
#3: Trip Planning
#4: Equipment Care & Awareness
Additionally, be aware of what you are spending money on. With this I am not only referring to fuel, and truck parts & accessories, but also personal items for yourself as a driver. Be aware of the food you are buying and how much money you are spending out on the road. Manage you and your employer’s money effectively and everyone will be much happier for it!
#5: Problem Solving & Positive Attitude
With that said, you also want to actively communicate problems to your dispatcher and driver manager. Shipper, log, truck, & scheduling problems should constantly be worked on for the sake of improving everyone’s day-to-day job. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you have problems. When you do, however, ensure that it is in a professional manner. You do not want you trying to solve a problem being turned into someone thinking you’re just ‘complaining’ or ‘venting’. Treat it with professionalism and a positive attitude and it will be handled much more efficiently.