Four Tips and Tricks for New, Professional Truck Drivers
What should novice truck drivers know before hitting the road?
Starting a new job can be daunting, no matter what profession or industry you are entering. Well, we figured we’d help our new drivers out and give them some inside scoop – straight from the source. We asked our drivers what their advice would be for those new to the road and these were the four tips that came up most often. “If I had known that when I started…” can now be a thing of the past!
TAKE YOUR TIME
No load is worth your life or the life of someone else (a common phrase used by our VP of Safety, Jay Thomas). Whether backing, completing a pre/post trip inspection or even just logging hours, it’s important to always take your time. Being detailed, patient and methodical is the easiest way to make sure safety isn’t overlooked.
ASK FOR HELP AND ASK QUESTIONS
No question is irrelevant! Whether a seasoned veteran or new to truck driving, continue to ask questions and ask for help. It’s the easiest way to gain confidence in your driving, feel comfortable on the road and deliver loads safely.
GET TO KNOW YOUR DRIVER LEADER AND SAFETY DEPARTMENT
Your driver leader and safety department are unlimited resources to helping make your life on the road easy and efficient. Your driver leader strives to give you more miles, money and home time, so it’s key to have open and honest communication. While your safety department is the foundation for successful practices and habits that keep you legal, safe and on the road more often.
NEVER STOP LEARNING
With ever changing equipment, technology, regulations and traffic patterns, it’s always important to make sure that you avoid complacency. Even the best drivers take the time to refresh and advance their skills – that’s why they’re the best!
So slow down, speak up and love to learn! If you have any other advice for those new to the profession leave them in the comments below.