ARTICLES — October 07, 2019

Qualities of a Good Driver as Learned from Hollywood

There’s a surprisingly good feeling in watching a chase scene in Hollywood action movies. Be it the talent of the drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger, or the thrilling moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. Sure, these things can be exciting to see in movies, but in real life business operations, you wouldn’t want your drivers to do the job like they’re being chased by 20 henchmen, ready to knock your vehicles off the road.

Just like in Hollywood movies, vehicles in the logistics industry are only as good as its drivers, and the success rate of how it goes from Point A to Point B depends on the person behind the wheel. Here’s what you should look for in a driver for your logistics industry, and how they can adopt traits from certain drivers in movies to be the best driver on the road.

Imperator Furiosa (Mad Max): Reliable and drives truck well

As an experienced supply truck driver, she’s level-headed, brave, tough, and gets the job done no matter what. Great drivers do what they say they’re going to do, how and when they promise to do it. They know that employers and customers have deadlines and schedules that depend on the driver’s timely performance. Great drivers also aim to be not the problem, but the solution to shipping and cargo transport challenges.

Cole Trickle (Days of Thunder): Safety driving

Always aware of his surroundings and puts his seatbelt on before going on full throttle. Whether they’re speedsters or supply truck drivers, professional drivers are safe drivers. They seek to not only drive or deliver cargo to a designated location but to also get it there safely and securely. This means staying alert, maintaining a safe following distance, keeping aware of blind spots, following suggested speeds and getting enough rest.

Jason Bourne (The Bourne Franchise): Calm under pressure

Apart from his outstanding driving skills, Jason Bourne has also mastered the art of situational awareness and is able to keep calm in the constant presence of threats that could jeopardize his goals. Sometimes it can be stressful for drivers to manage their time on the road, challenges like random roadblocks and traffic jams that pop up, even relationships with your coworkers and customers. Along the same lines of a good level of patience, effective stress-management skills are a necessary quality of a great driver.

James Bond (The 007 Franchise): Mechanical and technology knowledge

Bond remarkably has a formidable ability to drive any type of automobile, but, it’s the mechanical knowledge as a secret agent and driver that helps him get the job done on the road. Knowing how to take care of maintenance issues and using the right tools can save drivers’ time and give them the ability to get to a safe location to fully address the issue. This contributes to a safer working environment not only for the drivers themselves but for everyone else who’s sharing the road along with them.

Driving a heavy vehicle with its cargo of costly supplies and equipment and keeping to a demanding schedule isn’t an easy task to accomplish. Thankfully, companies can help them ensure success by implementing an end-to-end fleet management solution. Telkomsel FleetSight allows business professionals to have visibility on their drivers’ driving speed, route traveled by each vehicle, violation, vehicle operating hours, idle time, and experiencing real-time alert for the drivers. With these advantages, companies can now oversee their entire operation anywhere, anytime and get maximum productivity.

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