So, you’re a second generation LTI driver. Tell us about that.
That’s right. My mom & step-father drove for LTI back in the day, and I started driving for LTI back in August 2016. They drove here until last November, so we actually drove here at the same time for a few months, until they retired.
Did your parents pass down some trucking knowledge that you still use today?
They taught me a lot of things: everything from how to balance a load across a truck to fuel efficiency. They also taught me that it’s key to take care of yourself on the road; get out of the truck and walk from time to time for fresh air, make some time for yourself, eat healthy, etc.
Most important: Have fun! If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing then you need to make a change. You should also always be willing to learn. The day you think you know everything about trucking is the day you need to hang up your keys, because out there you need to have the mindset that you can always learn more.
So how long have you been driving?
I’ve been driving for 4 years, all of which has been hauling refrigerated freight. I like reefer loads because it’s consistent freight: people gotta eat. In addition, I also just recently passed the milestone of graduating my first trainee which is really exciting.
Do you have a favorite place to drive?
I love driving in Pennsylvania because of the scenery. Northern Georgia and Eastern Tennessee also have some great scenic areas. I’ll take that any day.
How do you entertain yourself on the road?
While I’m driving: music. While I’m parked: videogames. Music, I listen to anything and everything. I like to consistently change up what I listen to. It keeps me from getting bored. As for the videogames, I also play a lot of different types but sports games are essential.
Do you have any tips for drivers?
First, time management! Figure out what you can control and what you can’t. Control the stuff you can, and learn to let go of the stuff you can’t.
Also, part of the key is having a clean truck, inside and out. There’s more benefits to this than most would think. If the DOT sees a dirty truck, there are lots of negative connotations that go with that. They will likely leave you alone if your truck is clean. The inside of the truck is just as important. Not only will a clean and organized interior help you find things faster but also a clean area keeps your mind calm.
Finally, when that truck turns on, all your problems and concerns from home need to be briefly pushed aside to focus on your job. This goes back to knowing what you can control and what you can’t. You can always control the quality of your work, so that’s what you concentrate on.
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