What Every Rookie Trucker Should Know Before Their First Day on the Job

 

To be a successful truck driver, you have to be able to manage stress. It can be difficult to drive safely after spending several hours behind the wheel or while spending several days away from friends and family members. Ideally, a new trucker will lean on older drivers to gain the wisdom necessary to do the job well.

 

Safety Needs to Be the Top Priority

 

A commercial truck is much larger than a passenger vehicle, which means that it will usually cause more damage in an accident. Therefore, commercial drivers need to pay attention to their surroundings at all times and maintain a speed appropriate for road conditions. Furthermore, an individual should never drive a truck while tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medication.

 

Make Sure the Truck Is Inspected Regularly

 

Drivers may be considered negligent in an accident if their vehicles have faulty brakes or other maintenance issues. In some case, they can be taken off of the road if an inspector finds a violation. To protect both a driver and the general public, it is a good idea to have a truck inspected between trips or at some other regular interval to avoid a violation.

 

Be Upfront About Your Needs

 

A driver should not be afraid to ask for a day off or admit that he or she is suffering from physical or mental stress. Individuals who feel as if they aren’t getting enough sleep or getting quality sleep can ask for shorter routes or a different schedule. While it may be necessary to drive at odd hours every so often, it may be possible for a fleet manager to create a consistent schedule for all drivers.

 

Be Sure to Refer Back to Your Training

 

When you start your first trucking job, the only thing that you have to rely on is your training. Therefore, be sure to refer to truck license training materials or talk to your trainer if necessary. Doing so can help you feel more comfortable while behind the wheel and reduce the risk that you get into an accident on your first few trips.

 

No matter what you do for a living, it is hard to be perfect at your job on day one. Fortunately, your employer will understand that you are new and bound to make mistakes. The key is to learn from those mistakes and show steady improvement as you gain more experience.

 

By: Hannah / Freelance Writer
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