BECOMING A MAGNUM DRIVER TRAINEREver thought about becoming a Driver Trainer? We sat down with our Driver Safety Trainer Sean Randall to show you what comes with the job.
What is a Driver Trainer?
Then, you have the “Finishing Trainer”, who shows them the ropes of the job – i.e. how to live in the truck, manage log books, how to do the pick-ups, where and how to park, on top of everything I missed.
What are a Driver Trainer’s responsibilities?
Ultimately, it’s like captaining a ship. The apprentice does most of the work while being overseen, yet the captain makes sure everything is done correctly and effectively.
Who can be a Driver Trainer?
How long are Trainee’s in the truck?
What’s the best part about being a Driver Trainer?
It really is an experience and you have to have an open mind. You learn a lot about culture – something I learned very quickly is that every state is different in its own way. It’s an incredibly unique experience to be able to see that first-hand. Actually, the first student I ever had, had never seen -35 F. Be ready to account for a little weather shock also!
Can you tell me a little bit about your experience as a Driver Trainer?
The best students are the trainee’s who listen, are open to learning and have been here for quite a while. There’s a lot to learn behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, and being adaptable and eager to learn helps immensely with the process!
On the other hand, some trainee’s can think they know it all when it comes to trucking and are not willing to learn new things. Trucking definitely isn’t as easy as one might think!
What are the benefits of being a Driver Trainer?
Three questions I would encourage someone to ask themselves before becoming a trainer are:
1. Do I have problem-solving skills?
2. Am I self-sufficient?
3. Do I have the desire and patience to teach someone something new?
Any last thoughts?
Some people thrive as a Trainer, and some people try and realize it’s not for them. Being a Driver Trainer is a lot harder than one may think, but if you have a strong desire to share your knowledge with others to help them grow, I think it’s a great opportunity. It’s good experience, you grow as a person, and you are able to pass your knowledge on to the younger drivers in the industry. You are one of the reason’s the industry is able to continue growing, and I think that’s something to be very proud of.
Lastly, for all drivers out there, please take care of your health – physically, emotionally, and mentally. Get out of your truck and walk around for a bit. Give your loved ones a call while on the road. Magnum allows pets in the truck, so get a pet! Do what it takes to take care of yourself out there.
“You need to have a passion to want to train and teach new drivers this industry. It’s not for everyone. It takes a special person to do it, but if they have the passion to do it – that’s a special thing.”
– Sean Randall, Driver Safety Trainer