Driving a tractor-trailer by yourself across the nation alone is one thing, but imagine the fun of sharing that tight, cramped space with someone else, 24/7, 365 days a year. It takes a special type of person to work and live with someone inside of a truck cab.
Manti Te’o owns Prince Trucking of Odessa, Texas, and is looking for drivers that best fit the team driving lifestyle
Manti “Manny” Te’o was one of the great keynote speakers at the Future of Freight Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His speech centered around a catfishing incident back in 2012 that took place while he was a senior football player at Notre Dame.
He experienced a dramatic shift in life, going from a leading Heisman candidate to being involved in a scandal that invaded his personal life. His speech told the story of how he dealt with the fear that came from the aftermath of the incident.
That same type of fear can cause people to avoid working together in cramped spaces for long periods of time. Privacy, personal quirks, pet peeves and sociability are factors that help decide if drivers would work well together in the same truck.
What types of people make for successful truck drivers?
Te’o’s trucking company, Prince Trucking, is looking for drivers to run military freight on open deck platforms. Justin Martin, Back The Truck Up’s social media correspondent, is a veteran of the military freight lanes, and while meeting Te’o backstage at F3, he had some time to learn about his company.
For all of us who have hauled military freight, from MREs to items we can’t talk about due to a lifetime non-disclosure agreement under penalty of imprisonment, we know that the Department of Defense only lets people with pristine backgrounds haul their freight. So company owners want to make absolutely sure that the people in those trucks hauling those lucrative paying loads are going to make it from A-to-B without issues.
One of the best pairs to put into a truck to team drive are family partners. Husband/wife, siblings and cousins make for great combinations. And those who are retired military are even better for military loads due to already having the credentials and clearances from their time serving in uniform.
Having familial team drivers is great because they can experience the adventure driving and working across the country together. Having someone you can trust to watch your back, keep you attentive on long drives, and be there in case of an incident is a great thing to have.
For more details on Manti Te’o’s speech at F3, read Noi Mahoney’s article over on FreightWaves.com. Back The Truck Up hopes to learn more about Te’o’s trucking company and have him on a future episode on the Back The Truck Up podcast soon.