It's interesting thinking about all of the questions I've been asked since I started blogging about trucking over 3 years ago. I take great pride in answering every question I receive to the best of my ability and knowledge when it comes to trucking. Truck driving jobs are complex, and as I have mentioned on many occasions, you are always learning no matter how long you've been in the business. However, there are times when I can't (and won't) answer certain questions, because
- It's not my place to do so.
- I really want to keep things positive and focus my topics on all of the great parts of trucking.
One of my biggest goals for the blog and my social media pages for 2016 is to do just that: keep things positive across all the mediums that I reach you. Let me explain below.
What I Get Asked Most Often & Why I Don't Answer
On many occasions I get asked "I work for so and so company and will it ever get better?" I usually, at this point, direct them to a specific blog I wrote about how you may be able to make your truck driving job situation better. I cannot answer specific questions about individual companies because I'm not in your shoes. I'm not feeling your pain, so to say. I also won't ever have both sides of the story to make an informed, intelligent, and objective answer to a question about a company.
If I were to answer these questions and perhaps wrongfully advise somebody, that may influence them in the wrong way to make a decision that could affect their career and life negatively. On top of that, if I were to talk about a company in a negative light, I would start to give trucking companies bad reputations and in turn could affect the number of people that want to drive for that company or for other companies in general. That wouldn't help anybody, especially with the truck driver shortage the industry is experiencing these days. It's just not my place to weigh in on these kinds of situations.
I Want to Keep Things Positive
What I am very excited about is the fact that my new Facebook group "Trucking with Wayne" is growing and keeps a very positive view about a very tough trucking industry. There are plenty of blogs out there that can hit the negative nerve, if that's what you're looking for; but my blog and Facebook group were born out of a need to help inexperienced drivers navigate their way successfully through a very tough first year. After you finish your first year, the options are basically limitless. But you must make it through the first year.
So as we move forward in 2016, please keep this in mind. You can ask me almost anything about a truck driving job or truck driving school! I love helping new truckers get adjusted to their truck driver job in any way I can, but I also won't be disparaging companies along the way.
About The Author
Wayne got his start in trucking by going through the Driver Solutions company paid CDL training program back in 2012. Since then, he has traveled over 300,000 safe miles and counting! After seeing his photos and reading about his adventures, we knew we had to share them on our blog. Join Wayne on his journey for a first hand look at life on the road!