Starting a new career is nerve racking regardless of which industry you are in. Although it will be challenging, knowing what to expect can help you get through your first year as a trucker. 


Gain as much experience as you can 


Your first time truck driving can be a bit discouraging. There’s no need to fear,  it gets better over time. Your first few routes will most likely be difficult, especially since you are new to the industry, but it is important to just keep going. 


Over time you will gain more experience and be more comfortable behind the wheel. The more experience you gain, the more routes will be assigned to you and the more money you will make. 


Learn to save money 


Your first few paychecks will be fairly minimal. Driving in the trucking industry can get expensive if you are not careful, and  it is important to save money where you can. Pack your own lunches and bring your own entertainment because  the other expenses can add up quickly. 


Stay in touch with family and friends 


Not only can your new career be stressful for you, but it can also impact your friends and family. Make an effort to keep in touch through phone calls, video chats or visits. Having these conversations can be refreshing and helps you keep a positive attitude. 


During your time off on home visits, it can be tempting to use the majority of the time to catch up on sleep. However, it is beneficial for you and your friends and family to catch up and get back into the swing of your normal home routine. 


Find a mentor 


Drivers who have been immersed in the trucking industry for a while make great mentors. These individuals are great resources for advice, information, tips, support and more. You may be new, but don’t be afraid to reach out and create new connections in the industry. 


Avoid accidents 


One of the most important tips is to avoid accidents. Accidents are common during your first year due to a lack of experience. However, if an accident does happen your driving record will see negative implications, there will be major expenses and your confidence will be shaken. 


Although some accidents are unavoidable, it is vital that you make an extra effort to avoid it. 


Take care of yourself 


There is a big lifestyle shift when you become a truck driver. This new lifestyle can be difficult to adjust to. In the trucking industry you have to find time to  exercise, eat healthy and have a social life, which will all help you with avoiding burnout and making your first year a positive experience. 


At TransWood, our truck drivers are our most valuable asset. We want our drivers to have the best experience possible, so we offer quality benefits, competitive pay and more. 


If you are interested in pursuing a career at TransWood, apply here. For other questions or inquiries visit our website or give us a call today! 

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