Being away from home and spending long hours driving can be a drastic change for beginner truckers. As you have completed your truck driving school training and certification, you may have already been exposed to some on the road time. However, after you graduate and find a job, things quickly change. To help you adjust to your new lifestyle, review the following tips.
- Avoid using controlled substances and alcohol. After a long day driving, it can be tempting to use alcohol or other controlled substances to help you unwind and relax. However, if you are caught driving impaired or using controlled substances, it could cost you your job.
- Develop a working relationship with your dispatcher. Dispatchers are the key to getting loads. Get to know them, and do not be afraid to compliment and thank them on a regular basis for supplying you with work.
- Establish a routine that includes exercise. Sitting all day driving can quickly turn into putting on additional weight. Make sure to include at least 30 minutes of exercise, three days per week, in your routine to maintain your current weight and health.
- Never turn down a load. Even if you dislike where you have to take the load or the type of load, refusing it can impact how often you get future loads. It is better to accept it, as this demonstrates your work ethic. Plus, you have no idea what the next load will be once you drop this one off.
- Practice proper safety. Always take the time to inspect your truck and trailer before pulling out. Never drive if you are tired or find yourself having difficulties concentrating. Take the time to get out of the truck and do a visual inspection before you start to back up. Drive the speed limit, and drive at reduced speeds during inclement weather.
By following the above suggestions, you will adjust more easily to spending long hours on the road. To help keep you comfortable while driving, consider upgrading your seat with a custom truck seat from Suburban Seating & Safety. Contact us at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) now to speak to a representative.