7 trucking tips for newbie drivers
Finally, you successfully got your CDL and started your career in trucking. It is a challenging period in your life, so sometimes you can overlook simple things that could make your life easier. Here a list of 7 trucking tips that will help every newbie driver to stay not only efficient but safe on the road.
Never drive distracted
You just feel like you’re still focused on the road when you send a text or voice message to someone. But according to FMCSA, in this situation, truck drivers are 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident. This also applies to eating, drinking, reading a map, controlling a pet, etc. It is better to get off at the next exit and do what you need.
Always double check your truck
First of all, never avoid pre-trip inspections. They are required by law and really help to prevent accidents. Don’t save time risking your safety. And when you park your truck, spend several extra minutes to check that everything is ok.
It is not easy to stay focused and productive when you want to sleep. Proper rest is vital. Of course, when you are a truck driver it is easier said than done. But try to sleep 7-8 hours every night (or day, depending on your work schedule).
Don’t afraid to ask
Even the most experienced truck drivers sometimes need help. And you as a newbie in the trucking industry may need advice on different issues. If you are unsure of something, ask. There are a lot of truckers forums, where you can find help. Or just talk to some drivers at truck stops.
Always have a map
GPS is the best friend of every truck driver. It helps you to plan your trip, to avoid traffic jams, and choose the most convenient route. But sometimes your navigation can fail. In this case, it is better to have a map with you and be able to read it.
Choose a Healthy Diet
Better not to get used to fast food from the very beginning of your career in trucking, but try to eat healthy food. Maybe you don’t know, abstaining from sugary foods and drinks will prevent your energy from dropping when you least expect it. Hydration also affects brain function, alertness, and reaction time. So try to drink 2 liters of water daily.
Give yourself a time
It is very important to give yourself time to adapt to a new lifestyle and life on the road. It only seems to you that you are ready for anything. But high-mileage jobs request mental and physical stamina and the ability to carefully plan a trip. Over time, you will certainly succeed, but let it happen gradually.