Why did you become a truck driver and how long have you been driving for?
I’ve always had a fascination with big machines and 15 years ago I went out for a drive with my cousin and decided then and there that driving a truck was what I wanted to do for a job. The following week I had my license and I haven’t stopped since.
What’s the best part of your job?
I love being able to cruise around with my dog Kelsie and not having to answer to anyone but myself.
What is the most significant positive change you have seen across the industry since you’ve started driving?
The quality of trucks available in Australia has improved over the years making my job safer and easier. I’m also happy to see that there’s been a focus on the wide-spread drug use and putting systems and checks in place to reduce it.
What makes you happy inside your truck.
Being my own boss, there’s nothing better. Spending my days, driving around with Kelsie, makes me happy.
What makes you happy outside of your truck?
I really enjoy connecting with other drivers. I try to put out positive, educational messages to help make the industry better.
What’s the most important thing you do that improves your wellbeing on the road?
Social isolation can be really difficult when you’re a truck driver. I focus on my social media interactions, encourage positive social interactions in the driver community and make sure my platforms encourage drivers to engage with each other.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not driving your truck?
Spending time with family and friends. I also like getting involved with my community, local footy clubs, truck shows etc.
Health in Gear is about drivers using short, practical tips to improve their wellness. What are you going to try out first?
I need some help with nutrition so I’ll be looking at Health in Gear’s tips on how to eat better on the road. I do share all my meals with Kelsie, so she’ll need to approve of my new way of eating too.
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