A Professional truck driver takes pride in being a driver. He or she contributes to the trucking industry in a positive way, making the most out of trucking so that it is a rewarding career and not just a job.
In order to get to this point though, a person must make sure he or she is the right person for trucking before becoming a trucker by asking questions to other drivers and to trucking companies to make sure they know what they are getting into. People who end up on the big road and hating the job will have a hard time becoming a good truck driver or a professional.
After a person decides that trucking is the right move here is how he would handle the job to become a good truck driver and considered a professional.
They perform their duties with the sense of belonging to a part of an industry that no one can dispute plays a significant role in making the wheels of the economy turn. They also realize they are part of a team to get this done. Everyone has a role and to play and responsibility to uphold in a successful operation.
Driven by this mindset, these types perform as professionals. On time appointments, safe operation and courteous driving habits comes automatically, if not, this type of driver intentionally works on performing to these standards because he/she takes pride in him/herself and the chosen profession.
Though patience is a constant struggle, (lol, ok it once was for me at least, I wore the numbers 1-10 out!) good big truck drivers understand the importance to make every attempt to master patience.
A professional driver knows that rushing is usually a waste of time and effort and could easily lead to poor decisions, so he/she counts or do whatever else is effective to be patient.(OK, I count. lol, Sometimes, like in stopped traffic I just stare at the buzzards gliding through the air with slow, steady, deep breathing. What ever works for you man.)
Professional drivers pay attention to their surroundings so that they can be proactive to avoid incidents. They try not to ride in packs of other traffic including big trucks, knowing this increases the potential for issues in the event the need for an emergency reaction.