There’s a big discussion going on over at r/Truckers on Reddit about if there is a proper dress code for truck drivers. It’s another battle between those that wear what they want versus those who dress to the nines.
While there is no standardized dress code for truckers, drivers should dress professionally and for the task at hand. Tanker drivers have different requirements for proper protective clothing that they have to wear versus what a refrigerated trucker needs to avoid slips, falls, and the occasional frostbite.
The question of if flop-flops, Crocs, and other open-toed footwear are proper will always bring on a knock-down, drag-out fight. The off-duty time of a driver is none of my business and I, for one, don’t plan to wear my steel-toed boots to the shower.
If the company provides work pants and shirts with their logo should be an easy answer, wear the brand proudly. Check the work clothes for wear and make requests for replacement gear if and when it gets stained or contaminated.
To end this discussion, let’s talk about all the outliers, those wearing skimpy dresses, furry outfits, and Heaven only knows what else I missed. You do you, I am not your boss, but please realize that one bad apple does spoil the trucking barrel.
That one poorly dressed, unprepared trucker is easily rubberstamped over the top of all the rest of us out doing good work, wearing proper apparel, and using some common sense about how to maintain a professional work ethic. Let us all please do our best to avoid that and help show the public that we are professional operators at all times.