A Survival Guide for Truck Drivers: Tips from the Trenches

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Cengage Learning, Oct 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 195 pages
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An employer's cost to replace a driver ranges from $5,000 to $8,000. Turnover can be prevented and retention increased by developing a driver with the life skills necessary to be successful in their daily working lives. A Survival Guide for Truck Drivers is the only book written for students or experienced drivers that offers, in a straightforward and nonpatronizing style, the practical tips for making life on the road more stress-free and comfortable - both for the driver and his or her family. Until now, drivers usually entered the transportation industry armed with a Commercial Drivers License and perhaps stories and information from friends and family. This new guide not only provides valuable information and invaluable insights into the life of a professional driver, but also offers resources and encouragement for those who keep North America's commerce moving down the highway. Topics range from Money Management and Professional Improvement to Staying Healthy and Dealing With Stress - presenting advice to make the driver's life better and happier. This lifestyle guide has a universal application that will appeal to student drivers, company drivers, owner-operators, and also the drivers' families. A driving school graduate's chance of landing a good job partly depends on his or her possession of life skills. Good retention tools are needed for the experienced but problem driver. A Survival Guide for Truck Drivers is the one solution for successful drivers. Benefits: Examines many aspects of a trucker's lifestyle, including topics from money management to communication skills to maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the road Presents factual information mixed with slice-of-life, inspirational pieces Written in an easy-to-read magazine style, the book can be read when the trucker's or student's busy schedule allows Filled with practical tips for succeeding on the road, making it the perfect addition to any training program.
 

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Brilliant... we like this. We're glad that somebody has put all this trucking and HGV information together.

Contents

Making the Transition
1
Vignette Join the Fraternity
6
Being an Effective Communicator
9
Its Part of the Job
19
Service with a Smile and an Extra Mile
29
Sharing the Road
33
Training on the Move
37
The Key to Your Health
45
A Deadly Game
85
Resolving Conflicts at Work and at Home
105
Its a TwoWay Street
117
And Now for Dessert
129
Stress and How to Deal with It
135
Religion on the Road
147
Never Forget to Pass It on
155
Staying Close to Your Most Important People
159

Getting the Exercise You Need
55
Medical Care and Wellness on the Road
65
Trucker Skills
75
Mom and Pop Truck Stops Serve Up a Little Bit of Home with Fuel and Food
80
Managing Your Money
175
Dealing with Gambling Addiction
184
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Alice Adams was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1926 and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After graduating from Radcliffe College, she married and had a son in 1951. Adams later recalled her late 20s and early 30s as the worst years of her life. After divorcing her husband in 1958, she worked at secretarial and clerical jobs to support herself and her son. Adams published her first work of fiction when she was about thirty, and was more than forty-years-old by the time she began making a living solely as a writer. In 1982, in recognition of the twelfth consecutive appearance of her work in "Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards," Adams won a special award for continuing achievement. The only other previous winners were Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike. A New York Times best-selling author, many of Adams's books, among them A Southern Exposure and Almost Perfect, focus on love and on women struggling to find their place in the world. Other works of Adams include the novels Medicine Men, a story that explores the relationship between doctors and their patients, and Superior Women, a compelling tale of five women who come of age during World War II. Now a San Francisco resident, Adams's work has been compared for Southern flavor to that of Flannery O'Connor and for sophistication to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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