You really don’t stop learning when you get out of trucking school. All that training is like a base you build your career on, and the way you build a good career is by keeping three points in mind. They all start with the letter “P” to make it easier:
Practice — because the more you do something, the better you get at it. Practice turning in tight spots. Practice backing up. Practice the things you make mistakes on. Practice every thing that intimidates you until it doesn’t scare you anymore. Practice until it is automatic, but don’t get complacent because then you get sloppy. You are driving a death machine if that happens.
Patience — because a whole lot of driving a truck is irritating if you let it rule you. Drivers do stupid things if they are not professionals, and most of the four wheelers (cars) on the road are not being driven by professionals. You, however, are a professional. Act like a professional and be patient. You have to be patient with other professional drivers sometimes, but sometimes they have to be patient with you. Things are not going to get better if you get mad and rush things.
Persistence — because that is how you “keep on trucking” when the going gets rough. Back in the day, that phrase was all over the place and you know what? Things have not changed. It still takes doing the next thing, then the next thing, and keeping at it to get the job done.
Getting your training at an accredited school like Diesel Truck Driver Training School gets you started, but these three points keep you going to success.