Truck drivers are seemingly everywhere. Without them, it would be impossible to move fresh produce, car parts, large packages and many more things throughout the country.
They are an essential part of any supply chain management. There are many myths about truck drivers out there. Most of which are not true, so we thought we would help debunk these myths.
1. Truck drivers have an easy job
Driving a truck all day every day may sound like it is an easy job but that is far from the truth. Truck driving is a marathon. You need to be on the top of your game for many hours driving a rig that weighs so much that it’s stopping distance is far greater than the average car. To drive a truck professionally, it takes a lot of experience and skill.
2. All truckers are male
There is nothing preventing a woman from being a truck driver and there are many who do just that. To be a truck driver, all you need is the right attitude and to be able to drive a truck. There are a lot of female truck drivers out there on the road.
3. I have to trust the driver with my package
If you are looking to shift a large or small amount of product through a trucking company, then you can rest assured that they will deliver your materials intact and on time. The truck drivers are professional and see it as a badge of honour that they deliver what you need.
Not that there is any need to doubt a truck driver’s integrity but there are systems in place to track your shipment all the way from pick up to delivery. The technology is much more advanced than it ever was before. This means that you are able to keep an eye on your shipment and know exactly when it is delivered.
4. They’re dangerous drivers
This could not be further from the truth. Truck drivers are on the highway more than the average person and they know what they’re doing. They are also very well aware of the danger associated with driving. Being on the road as long and as often as they are they have almost certainly been witness to some sort of accident. The truck is their livelihood, so they take their safety and the safety of others with great care.
5. They want to get where they’re going as fast as possible.
The truth is that they will have planned a route and know exactly how long it will take. They are not prone to rushing or speeding on the highway. A ticket will only slow them down further. Also, as we said earlier, truck driving is a marathon, not a sprint. For this reason, they take their time and get where they need to be on time.
6. Truckers cause accidents
Most accidents on the highway have nothing to do with truck drivers. The most common cause of an accident is sudden braking and lane changes without signalling. Truck drivers are very experienced drivers and can often anticipate another driver’s moves before he or she makes them.
7. Truckers don’t make a lot of money
Driving a truck can be very lucrative. So the idea that truckers a poor is a misconception if there ever was one.
8. They are not professional
A trucking company is very careful with who they employ. They need their drivers to be responsible and professional at all times. After all, it is their reputation, and the reputation of their clients that is on the line.