Long ago, I was inspired by a commencement speech that stated, “If you want to change the world, make your bed”. In actuality, it's the first task of the day and it’s also where you’ll end your day. So, after a hard day's work, returning to a nice, neat, and organized bed sets the tone for your rest period as well.  

There are other benefits that carry on from this simple task, like keeping the interior of your truck clean. Having a clean cab gives you a much more cheerful place to work in and there are other benefits, such as a DOT check. When a DOT officer approaches your truck and you open your door, what impression are you putting forth? If everything is a mess and in disarray, it would seem like you might be setting the tone for an inspection in the wrong direction. In contrast, if all of your paperwork is organized and the inside of your truck is clean, it could be that it would also set the tone for how the inspection might go. 

You can carry this to the outside of the truck as well. Have you ever noticed how pleasant it is driving down the road and when your windshield is clean? Everything seems brighter. In addition to that, it may help with sun glare not blinding you.  

A clean and well-organized truck also sets the tone when you arrive at your customer.  Think of the image that you’re trying to portray to your customer. It seems as though it can be nothing but positive showing up in a clean, well-organized truck.

Taking it a step beyond the shipper, how about how a clean, orderly truck and trailer reflects on our industry in regards to the public image? We can set the image of clean, professional, and orderly.

Here is a link to check out the video that changed my mind on how I start my day. Check it out. I hope you get as much out of it as I did.


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Henry Albert

Henry Albert is the owner of Albert Transport, Inc., based in Statesville, NC. Before participating in the "Slice of Life" program, Albert drove a 2001 Freightliner Century Class S/T™, and will use his Cascadia for general freight and a dry van trailer. Albert, who has been a trucker since 1983, was recognized by Overdrive as its 2007 Trucker of the Year.

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