Joey Slaughter has something to say, and he thinks his fellow CDL truck drivers can benefit from it. After several years on the road (He’s been driving since 1992), the owner operator at Blue Ridge Transport, LLC, has observed enough to share his thoughts. But don’t worry, he comes in peace.
“I don’t want you to think I’m being high and mighty, but some of this stuff angers me, the way many drivers are,” he told Fleet Owner.
So in an article in that magazine, Slaughter shares 10 things people with CDL truck driving jobs can do to burnish their image. It struck us as helpful, well-intentioned advice, so we wanted to share it with you. Thanks, Joey and Fleet Owner for putting it out there.
- Arrive on time: “The other day, I saw a driver arrive at a shipper six hours early. He was surprised when they told him to leave. Being on time also means not being too early.”
- Watch your hygiene: Slaughter is well aware that drivers may be all alone for many hours, not seeing another person, but that’s no excuse for poor hygiene. “I go to these truck stops at night and they’ll be full – 200 or 300 trucks in the lot – and the showers are wide open. There’s hardly anyone using them, and I have to think not everyone’s taking care of personal hygiene.”
- Wear clean clothes: “Someone can tell if you just got grease on your shirt or if it’s a shirt you’ve been wearing for three days.” He adds, “I always wear a collared shirt.”
- Wear appropriate footwear: “I was at Fort Bragg a month or so ago and there was a guy securing heavy equipment with flip-flops on. He was throwing chains, and he almost landed one on his foot…You have to wear the right clothes for the job. It’s not just a matter of appearance but also of safety.”
- Smile: “Before you speak a word to anyone, let them see a smile on your face.”
- Use proper grammar: “People judge us by first impressions.”
- Introduce yourself: “I tell them my name and my company. ‘I’m Joey Slaughter with Blue Ridge Transport Delivery.’ When we meet someone properly, we treat one another better.”
- People like to be called by their name: “I’ve learned that once I’ve talked to someone and get their name, and I call them by their name, then I’m actually treated better.”
- Don’t wear your Bluetooth headset: “It’s not very professional looking. Put it away.”
- Do what you say you’re going to do: “I think we need to make it the rule instead of the exception.”
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