7 trucking tips for newbie drivers

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Written by Mike Skliar

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.

Rest up

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.

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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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