The Art of the Haul
There’s an art to trucking. A certain mindset a driver must have to be successful in the industry. For Walter C., the key is respect and dedication.
“It’s not something that’s a hobby,” he says, “it’s like piloting an airplane or a train. It can cause major havoc.” To Walter, respect starts with the little things, like keeping a clean rig. “I’m not prideful, but when I’m sitting in the cab, I want to see a shiny hood. It’s a reflection of the kind of person I am.”
My truck and how I keep it, that’s a reflection of the kind of person I am.Walter
Equally important, Walter says, is accountability. On the road, the smallest mistake can have the largest repercussions. “It’s important to care about what you’re doing,” he says, “it’s a demanding job, and it takes a special person to be successful at it.” He hopes that, in time, the general public will come to appreciate truckers and all they do, day-in, day-out, to keep people safe on the road. Regardless, Walter remains cautious and vigilant. “Where safety is concerned, you have to be on your ‘A’ game.”
It’s that attitude, that mindset, which makes him successful, it makes him someone that everyone can learn a little something from.