Unbelievable! As I scroll through my Facebook news feed I am amazed at the stupid things that people do. Some posts are funny, some posts are ridiculous, and some are down right stupid. Now I understand that many of these posts are a moment in time and possibly taken out of context, but some posts you really have to think about what a person was thinking to put themselves in that situation.
One instance is the driver that decided to turn around in the driveway of a truck stop instead of going into the giant parking lot behind him to turn around. What were you thinking? Another was the bus driver that took passengers down a cliff road, or the dump truck that decided he was allowed to drive down the highway in the left lane even though the signs say otherwise. Of course I could go on and on, but I am sure you get the point. The fact is that much of the transportation industry is common sense if you take the time to learn the regulations and think about what you are doing. It’s not rocket science! You do have to have a head on your shoulders however to make a good driver. That starts from day one, before you even get your licence.
Common sense thinking come into play when choosing a school to train with. If you are at a career counseling program and asked to choose three schools for tuition charges is it in your best interest to choose a school that is not certified and then two that are certified? Of course not because you wouldn’t be judging apples to apples. If you have to turn around in a specific location are you going to just go and make the turn or are you going to look for the safest way and place to make the turn effectively? If you choose to do something illegal such as drive in a lane you are not allowed, should you do it because you can? Of course not because you don’t know who might be seeing you perform that manoeuvre. The way you decide on the next steps in all these situations will determine your common sense judgement at the time.
So no matter how much you think you know, how much experience you have, or how much talent you possess, only one thing matters. The only thing that matters is how much common sense you use when making decisions. Your experience, talent, and training will only come in to play after that. So if you want to hold the secret to a successful career, it’s common sense thinking. Start there and everything else should fall into place.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com