Posted on 09/02/2015 at 09:03 AM by Dena Boelter
Musings from long-time Don Hummer Trucking and team driver, Tim Anderson
We were in the shop for a few days and spent more time in the driver's lounge than we like. While we were there, we had the chance to hear some drivers complain about all the things that was going wrong. From drivers that couldn't get the truck fixed to "dispatch and safety just doesn't like me". That got me to thinking and I thought I'd share some things that I have found that are needed to be a great driver. I apologize in advance to anyone that I left out.
In 20 years of driving and learning, here are a few of the things that I have learned that it takes to do my best job out here:
- A company owner that's not afraid to jump in and get some work done. I have personally seen Don Hummer empty trash, digging a ditch, and working on trucks. He still drives a truck and tries to make sure we have the best equipment to drive. He also plows snow on a Sunday mornings at the yard before most of us even get up.
- A management team that does those daily tasks like dealing with insurance companies and trying to negotiate the best benefits and pay program they can for the drivers. There are many other things that give me a headache just to think about.
- A safety team that works endlessly to keep us legal, not only with DOT requirements but the regulations in all 48 states that seem to change daily. Also their assistance when an accident does happen. They are there to make sure everything goes smoothly.
- A capable operation team from sales, customer service, planners, and dispatch. They try their best to make customers, drivers, management, and many other people happy.
- A maintenance team to keep the equipment ready and in great shape all the time. When a breakdown does happen they are ready to find the best and quickest way to get the repairs made and get you back on the road.
- A payroll and accounting department to make sure we all get paid correctly and on time. They keep the money flowing to all the right places. (That too gives me a headache to think about!)
- After all that just mix in some skill, hard work, and a little luck, and that, my friend, will make a great driver.
With that being said, part of getting the respect you deserve as a driver is giving respect where it's deserved. I'm glad that almost five years ago, Cindy and I found a company to drive for that has all of this and a whole lot more. Each of these things alone doesn't make much but putting them all together and you have one great place to work - Don Hummer Trucking!
Thanks guys for all y'all do - Tim and Cindy Anderson