Stop hav­ing a dig at us young ones

Big Rigs - - BIG RIGS | READER CORNER -

AS A young driver my­self (26) of a truck and dog, I did get my MR in just a day and had no ex­pe­ri­ence but the very next day I was driv­ing a Pan­tech and over the space of about four or five years I learnt ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing I could about driv­ing all dif­fer­ent types of trucks.

All dif­fer­ent ways to strap/tie down a load, I went with quite a few dif­fer­ent truck driv­ers in my own time to watch how they op­er­ate, the way they go up and down gears on any ma­jor hill, brak­ing the right way, if there was some­thing to learn about trucks then I was watch­ing ev­ery chance I got and still am to­day.

I got my HC in just one day as well but didn’t get into a truck and dog straight away as I knew I still had a lot to learn.

But now I am driv­ing one and I feel very com­fort­able do­ing so, but the ONLY way I got here was by me watch­ing and learn­ing what to do and what not to do, the prob­lem is no one has the time to teach us young blokes.

You older gen­er­a­tion were once where we are to­day but the way of teach­ing has all changed and it’s not our fault, it just de­pends on the in­di­vid­ual how much they want to learn and how keen they are.

No one has the time to teach all of this stuff as there is money to be made and that seems to be more im­por­tant!

I got thrown into a truck and dog with the prom­ise to teach me how to back it and fold it up and all the rest of it, but in­stead I got noth­ing. I had to teach my­self. And I did, with the help from a few of the boys here and there!

Learn­ing a job like this takes a lot of time, it’s not some­thing you can just learn overnight. And the only way is to get out there and have a crack! Sim­ple.

Day in day out I hear the older driv­ers hav­ing a crack say­ing us younger driv­ers are use­less and all the rest of it, I dead­set hear it ev­ery sin­gle day, when we make a mis­take or are tak­ing a lit­tle bit longer to check weights or any­thing like that.

In­stead of hav­ing a dig at us, how about giv­ing us a bit of ad­vice, show us the old ways, the proper ways to work be­cause all I hear is the older gen­er­a­tion talk­ing down on us but not ac­tu­ally keen to teach or give us a hand! — Mitchell Mills

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