Let’s face it. While trucking is an amazing and exciting adventure, it also has its not so pleasant moments. There are times when you feel like you are king or queen of the world. You LOVE the open road, the sites, and even playing a key role in feeding America.
There are times when you’re frustrated. Loads get wonky. Shippers are cranky. Receivers go on vacation right after putting you in the door. Oh, and let’s not forget the traffic. Every driver on planet earth is completely surrounding your truck, traveling 35mph on the highway! They have no idea you’re late for delivery.
Sometimes it’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel and turn in your keys. If you are there, I can tell you the very best way to do it. Just DON’T do it! Trust me, that grass is NOT greener on the other side.
Sooner or later you may want to walk. At that moment, you need to remember a few things:
- You are already driving for the BEST company in the industry. It won’t be smoother down some other company’s road.
- You already have the BEST equipment in the industry. Not only is that time saving with fewer breakdowns, but it is far safer. Don’t believe me? Just look at some of the equipment sitting next to you in the truck stop. Go ahead and look. I’ll wait.
- Overwhelmingly, drivers who leave Prime wind up regretting that decision very quickly. Many of them return.
If calling it quits is not the answer, what is? Glad you asked. Here are some things you can do to lighten your load and help you through the inevitable rough patch and keep you banking bucks and rolling closer to that million-mile celebration.
Quit! Just not yet. If you feel quitting is the answer, just tell yourself you’ll do it after the next two or three loads. By that time, you’ll be miles beyond the rough patch and feeling better about yourself and your job.
Exercise. Seriously! Go for a walk or run down that country road. Look at the trees, the sun and sky. Breathe in some fresh air for a few minutes. It will ease your mind and remind you that you’re alive!
Talk to someone like your fleet manager. I mean a real heart to heart discussion. Ask them to call you when they have a few uninterrupted moments so they can listen. Tell them about your frustration. Discuss the possibility of changing things around to lower your frustration level. You’d be surprised what they might be able to do, but that can’t do any of it unless you let them know how you’re feeling.
Take a break. Maybe that’s a few days at home. Could be a 34-hour reset in Albuquerque with new places to explore. The point is, sometimes you just have to get out of the truck for a day or two. Make plans for some “you” time.
Listen to positive messages. That might be talk radio. Could be uplifting music. Books on success may be your thing. Whatever works for you but regardless of what you choose, make sure you steer clear of unhappy, disgruntled drivers. Listen, you’re weary because you’ve have had a bad run. You’re vulnerable. The last thing you need is the influence of drivers who hate their jobs and life in general. They will suck you down the black hole faster than the DOT can pull you over for blowing by a weigh station.
We all have those times when we are tempted to get out of trucking. To go be a greeter at the big box store or flip burgers. Trust me, I get it. But it will pass. Just step back, take a moment to count your many blessings you have at Prime. You’ll see it for what it is… just a bad run and certainly not worthy of your quit.
You are a very valuable part of Prime, and our great nation. You’ve got to feed America! I salute you. I support you. And at the end of the day, I’ll be out there in the parking space beside you. We’re in this together and this is an AWESOME RIDE!
Written by Prime Driver Reba Hoffman
Posted on May 8, 2019
by Andrea Mueller