6 Things Every New Truck Driver Should Consider

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Are you ready to start a career in truck driving?

Trucking offers many terrific benefits and opportunities, but it’s also important for up and coming truck drivers to take the time to learn more about the industry and determine if it’s right for them. Here are a few insights that every new truck driver should consider before starting their trucking career.

  1. Carefully research your schooling options. Not all driving training school and programs are the same. It’s important to look into the different opportunities available and speak with other experienced drivers. Some companies offer driver training as part of their recruitment or advancement process, so consider that as well. At the very least, your trucking company can tell you what to look for and whether they endorse any particular programs.

  2. Not all transportation jobs are the same. Just as you would research your training program, you should also explore which job is going to be the best fit for you. If you miss the regularity of a stable schedule, perhaps another type of trucking job that offers your old nine-to-five will suffice. Likewise, other jobs that require additional training and education may be the right move for someone looking for a new horizon.

  3. Talk to your family. Being on the road for long periods of time can be a strain on family relationships. Consider that you could miss important milestones. It’s important to make sure that your family is flexible and considerate of your new schedule, but be realistic.

  4. The first year is always the hardest. The first year is always the biggest adjustment for new drivers. Always remember that it gets easier. So long as you stick with and turn to your support network in times of need, you’ll come out fine.

  5. Always be prepared. There is quite a bit of unpredictability when it comes to life on the road, so it’s essential that you come prepared to work every day. Keep a trucker’s map, calculator, log book, and even a GPS on hand. You might end up finding these things invaluable. Also keep important tool such as duct tape, jumper cables, wrenches, screwdrivers, and a week’s worth of clean clothing in your rig. Unexpected delays can force you to take unplanned stops.

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