The Relay

– Episode 16

For the Long Haul: Secrets of a Successful Trucking Career

In this episode of the Relay, Rhaya Reynolds, Driver Recruiting Manager at Gulf Relay, sits down with Richard Watkins, a driver on the local team. Richard shares his experience as a driver since 2000 and his positive experiences with Gulf Relay, including the benefits of being home every day and the helpful load information provided by dispatchers. He emphasizes the importance of asking questions and helping each other in the transportation field, as well as the significance of pre-tripping and post-tripping the truck and trailer to ensure everything is as it needs to be. Richard also gives advice for driving in snowy and icy conditions and shares his hobbies, healthy eating habits on the road, and more.
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Highlights from this week’s conversation include:
  • Richard’s background and journey in trucking (0:24)
  • Joining the Gulf Relay team (1:10)
  • Advice for new drivers (3:26)
  • Tips from Richard on how to be a successful driver (5:45)
The Relay is a podcast produced by Gulf Relay. Each episode, we dive behind the scenes of our operations, teams, and industry. From the unique challenges of the job to anecdotes about life on the road, our guests will provide a window into a profession that is crucial to our economy and way of life. Let’s hit the road!

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