The next generation
Talking about young truckies
THE debate about the attitude of young truck drivers lit up the Rigs website.
Tommy M: Young people want to drive trucks for the wrong reasons. They need to learn to crawl before they can walk. You want to drive trucks for the love of it. I’m only 29 but started driving when I finished school.
I started in removals as an offsider then driving rigids with pigs, dogs, then semis and b-doubles, b triples and road trains. I slept in sleepers with no aircons and in a swag under the truck in the rain for poor money and it’s what I wanted to do to get experience. Steven D: Young people with a good attitude and work ethic can get driving jobs but many want to climb to the top of the ladder straight away and get the sads on when they realise it isn’t that easy. Phil M: Any potential young driver needs to spend some time in the workshop for starters, then time in the left seat. We had the time & conditions to learn by our mistakes. Matty H: One thing people overlook all the time with heavy vehicles and getting experience ..... Buses! I started in the industry in 1999 when it was still extremely hard to get into without “Heavy vehicle” experience.
YOUNG DRIVERS: It seems some want the jobs without the experience.