As every trucker knows there are quite a bit of rules and regulations required from DOT; however, veteran truckers have been laying down their own laws for some time now. Although not set in stone we are siding with the veterans on these unspoken protocols.
Don’t Take Your Time At The Pump
Every minute counts for truckers. Whether or not your load is on time, ultimately falls on you. This is why taking your time at the pump to grab a ‘quick’ snack or venture off to the restroom for ‘a second’ matters. The trucker waiting to fuel-up is on a time crunch, like you. Taking up multiple spots is just as inconvenient as using two sinks to was both of your hands. If you want respect as a trucker you are going to have to give it.
What’s In Your Haul Stays In Your Haul
If you grew up with conservative parents you have heard the saying ‘what happens in this house stays in this house’ and when you’re on the road your house is your cab. Discussing what you’re carrying may sound like a great way to make small talk with fellow truckers, but in honesty, you are too familiar with other haulers and random travelers motives. Cargo theft is a real thing and you don’t want to make yourself a bigger target than you already are. To you, your cargo may not be all that exciting, but thieves can see plenty of opportunity in ‘free’ goods.
Make Friends, Play Nice
No, this isn’t grade school, but being courteous to a fellow trucker should be a given. Truckers spend long hours on the road and getting just a glimpse of positivity when traveling can make someone’s day/trip. Whether you are a veteran or fresh meat on the CDL freight those small gestures like helping a trucker safely get over several lanes is what makes trucking a real brotherhood.
Always Toot Your Horn
Seeing someone pump their arm with anticipation that you’ll give a good pull to your air horn may be the biggest trucking cliché there is. However, no matter what mood you’re in it has to be done. This gives truckers a positive image and who wants to be a part of a brotherhood full of stuck up and grouchy truckers. It’s called public relations and it’s a part of the job.
Give Your Jake Brake A Break
There are a good bit of truckers who don’t mind hearing ‘the song of their people,’ but we guarantee that there’s not one trucker who will commend you for using your Jake brake at 2 am.
If you’re in a parking lot at 2 am, more than likely you’re surrounded by restless truckers attempting to get some shut eye before starting their long day over once again. It’s okay to give the Jake brake some rest as well. We know you’re a trucker there’s no need to tell people at the crack of dawn.
By following these unspoken rules the veterans will thank you and the newbies will want to be like you. Develop these habits and you’ll be on your way to veteran trucker status in no time.