Whether you are a veteran driver or a beginner to the open road, there are always ways that you can improve. Read these tips and tricks from seasoned drivers and learn how to be the best trucker for your company.
The first step is to find the right school to earn your CDL. Qualities that you want to look for in a school include having an ample amount of drive time, reputable and assistance with finding work after graduation.
After earning your CDL, a good way to add to your annual income is to get a CDL endorsement or take additional courses that will expand your resume. Some types of hauling like oil and food require a special type of training that can increase your salary as well.
Before going on a trip make sure you do a thorough pre-trip inspection. Failing to do so could cost your company a hefty fine and you could lose your job. Make sure that everything from the lights to the wheels are in working order before starting your trip. This will help you be the best trucker that you can be.
When parking your 18-wheeler or backing up, take your time and G.O.A.L. (get out and look) This gives you a better idea of what your spacing is and how much room you have to maneuver. If it is possible, try to follow the tire path of a previous occupant.
As the saying goes, “better to be safe than sorry,” and driving an 80,000 pound truck is no exception. Whether you are in a construction zone, bad weather or heavy traffic, slowing down is always the best solution. Your dispatcher will understand, but if they do not, it is time to find a different one because no delivery is worth your life or the life of another driver.
Make sure to get plenty of sleep before starting the day. A driver who is awake and alert has better reaction time, is more aware of their surroundings and less likely to make silly mistakes that can lead to a fatal accident. Similar to safety, if you are feeling too tired to drive, do not be afraid to pull over and get some rest. A good dispatcher will understand and if not, time to find a new one. Your life is more important than a delivery.
Another way to be the best trucker is to stay up to date with regulations and technology. Trucking apps can help you find your way, manage your schedule and help you stay healthy while on the road. This also shows companies that you are adaptable and willing to change with the times.
The last thing a good trucker can do is ask, whether that be asking for help or asking for advice from experienced drivers. No matter what your problem or question is, you can be sure that someone in the industry has experienced something similar or even the same exact thing.
Are you a trucker looking for something new and potentially closer to home? Are you weary of long hauls that keep you away from your loved ones for an extended period of time? Apply for a truck driving position at TransWood and we will help you be the best trucker possible.
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