What makes a trucker a hero?

| July 17, 2013

In response to Progressive Insurance’s Real Life Trucking Hero contest that began earlier this month, Overdrive sister site CCJ’s Senior Editor Kevin Jones breaks down what he thinks makes a hero and, more specifically, a trucking hero.

Getting up each day and going to work to take care of a family is a big step in that direction, Jones writes, but he lists five points that to him make a trucker-hero:

1. Love your work: Your heart has to be in the work, Jones says, or otherwise the job will demand too much of your body and your spirit.

2. Be safe: For the sake of yourself and other on the road, truckers must be the ones ensuring safety on U.S. roads.

3: Be professional: Other than piloting the country’s cargo, drivers must also take care of themselves, their customers, their co-workers and their equipment.

4: Teach and be patient: Jones says passing the weight of experience on to the next generation of drivers is important, and truckers must ensure new drivers respect the job.

5: Be your own man/woman: Don’t let the bottom-feeders drag you down, Jones writes. If you’re doing things right, you’re in a heroic place.

Though you may not have been called upon the road to rescue someone in danger or after an accident on the road, doing a job well done is important, too, and something heroic in itself, Jones concludes.

Click here to read his article.

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  • Shawn L Hubbard

    I personally reserve the word “hero” for truly extraordinary acts of selflessness, courage or bravery. Getting up everyday and going to work doesn’t make one a hero. I agree that everyone should strive to be great at their job and I definitely consider myself to be professional in the truest sense if the word. I do my job well, obey the rules of the road, my uniform is clean and ironed and I set an example for my co-workers and my own family. These should be expected from every driver as standard procedure. Even when I was chosen Highway Angel of the Year, I didn’t consider myself a hero so much as just being in the right place at the right time. So let’s save the term hero for those who really deserve that accolade.

  • JJ

    I agree with Shawn’s definition of hero but I am also reaching a point where I have to give kudos to the everyday working man and woman, as people who can and are willing to do a good day’s work seem to be a thing of the past. Decency, honesty, integrity, manners, ethics and giving it your all doesn’t to matter much anymore.

  • Jackie

    He forgot to mention,how many men and women have lost their homes to ungrateful employers that won’t get them home,and the toll it takes on the family, un the substandard pay,and the abuse they take from their employers,trying to cover their ass on a promises they mede to a shipper that they had no right to make, but yet if you don’t do this it’s the drivers fault! it’s just a worthless profession,the department of justice should have looked into the goings on in this profession years ago, the reason I say the department of justice is because the department of labor is useless and doesn’t listen either

  • TWade

    To me a hero is the people that has challenges that the ordinary and healthy person takes for granted. One good example is a driver I know that has only one arm but can drive a truck with the best and with no expectation of special treatment. People with mental or physical challenges that work and are productive with their lives are my heroes.

    My heroes too are the drivers that are professional at their job, unafraid to tell dispatch no when ask to run illegal or unsafe, unafraid to call dispatchers up for their lies, and will help their fellow drivers when needed. They speak their mind instead of being a follower or yes man to their company or fellow drivers. Yes, there are heroes among us.

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