Whether you are a new truck driver or an experienced one, you will always need to balance efficiency and safety during your career. Meeting your goals for time and mileage are important, but you must also keep your safety and the safety of others around your truck in mind at all times. Learning how to balance these two essential concepts can help you enjoy a long and successful career in trucking.
Give Yourself Time to Adapt
Especially for new drivers, it’s important to recognize that you will need time to adapt to handling your truck. Give yourself extra time whenever possible as you learn the ins and outs of your new vehicle. Understand that it will take time to load, unload, and check over your truck at first, and remember that you may need more time than you think as you are learning the ropes. Try to arrive as early as possible when you need to load or unload cargo—early in the day, there will be fewer trucks in line and you will have the luxury of taking your time without feeling pressured. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you aren’t sure how to safely handle a truck or its cargo.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep as a trucker doesn’t need to be a pipe dream. Parking at truck stops and rest stops can be harder to find as the night goes on, so switch up your schedule by parking early for the night. Getting to sleep early—and getting up earlier—will ensure you get the rest you need while allowing you to get on the road and beat rush-hour traffic. Not only will you feel better rested, you’ll drive safer in more favorable conditions as well!
At Phoenix Truck Driving Institute, you’ll learn how to handle your truck safely and efficiently on the road. Visit our website or contact us by calling (877) 205-5372 to find out more about our Phoenix-based CDL school’s admissions process and financial aid options.