Tips for Getting Loaded and Unloaded Earlier
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Tips for Getting Loaded and Unloaded Earlier

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https://www.crengland.com/truck-driving-schools - There is a particular word in the English language that truck drivers really hate. That word is ‘wait’. Truckers hate waiting because it prevents them from driving. And when they aren’t driving, they aren’t making money. Every hour a truck driver waits on a shipper or receiver is another hour that goes against daily working hours limits without any pay attached to it.

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Published 25 November 2017
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Tips for Getting Loaded and Unloaded Earlier
There is a particular word in the English language that truck drivers really hate. That ǁord is ͚ǁait͛. TruĐkers hate ǁaitiŶg ďeĐause it preǀeŶts theŵ froŵ driǀiŶg. AŶd ǁheŶ they areŶ͛t driǀiŶg, they areŶ͛tmaking money. Every hour a truck driver waits on a shipper or receiver is another hour that goes against daily working hours limits without any pay attached to it.
Waiting is not something theytalk a lot about at CDL schoolsor job recruiting fairs, but it is part of the truĐkiŶg joď. It typiĐally doesŶ͛t take long for a new truck driver to begin wondering if there is any way to spend less time waiting. It turns out there is.
Are you interested in getting loaded and unloaded earlier in the day? Are you tired of waiting on shippers and receivers who do not seem to care that your tiŵe is ŵoŶey? TheŶ it͛s tiŵe to do soŵethiŶg aďout it. Understand that what you need to do is not revolutionary. It is just good, common sense we seem to have lost somewhere along the way.
Call Ahead and Ask
With eǀery piĐkup aŶd deliǀery, you haǀe a sĐheduled appoiŶtŵeŶt tiŵe. That͛s fiŶe. But kŶoǁ that sĐhedules are like rules iŶ that they ĐaŶ ďe ͚ďrokeŶ͛ oĐĐasioŶally. OŶe of the easiest aŶd ŵost effeĐtiǀe thiŶgs you ĐaŶ do as a truck driver is to call ahead and ask if any earlier slots are open. The worst they can do is say no.
Calling ahead and asking for an earlier time does several things for you. First of all, it demonstrates to shippers and receivers that you are proactive. They like that. Second, it lets them know that you are paying attention to your own schedule. They like that as well. Third, it leaves the door open for getting lucky every now and again. No shipper or receiver will ever guarantee you an earlier time slot, but you just might get lucky and find one.
Be Friendly and Polite
The staff that make up shipping and receiving departments are human beings like anyone else. They appreciate truck drivers who are friendly, polite, and easy to deal with. Be that kind of person. Do not be the kind of truck driver who is grumpy, grouchy, and ready to yell and complain at the first inconvenience.
Be Conversational
In addition to being friendly and polite, be conversational with your shippers and receivers. Unless you do something to change the dynamic, you are just a resource for getting goods from here to there. Because shipping and receiving staff doŶ͛t kŶoǁ you persoŶally, they haǀe Ŷo reasoŶ to iŶǀest iŶ ŵakiŶg your life easier. BeiŶg ĐoŶǀersatioŶal ĐhaŶges this.
Engage shippiŶg aŶd reĐeiǀiŶg staff iŶ persoŶal ĐoŶǀersatioŶs. They doŶ͛t haǀe to take 30 ŵiŶutes; just a feǁ ŵiŶutes to introduce yourself and chat a bit goes a long way. Ask them how the day is going. Ask about their families or what they plan to do for the weekend.
Developing a more personal rapport changes the perception of everyone you deal with. You will no longer be just a resource; you will also be a human being with a job to do and a life outside of that job. You will also be a truck driver more likely to enjoy greater cooperation from shipping and receiving staff.
Though they doŶ͛t teaĐh these thiŶgs iŶ CDL sĐhools, eaĐh of these tips ĐaŶ help you get loaded aŶd uŶloaded earlier iŶ the day. IŶ the eŶd, it doesŶ͛t take a uŶiǀersity degree to reduĐe ǁait tiŵes.It only takes an effort to be proactive and personable.