There’s a lot more to successfully managing a trucker’s time than just picking the right route. Truckers have many balls to juggle to ensure they maximize their productivity, including managing their down time and finding the most efficient ways to handle the non-driving portion of their work.
New and veteran truckers alike can benefit from putting these best practices into use in their routine:
- Technology is your friend – GPS isn’t the only tool you’ll need. There are many great apps available now that can help you boost efficiency. With the right software, you can schedule to avoid rush hour traffic and find available parking ahead of your stop. There’s a small learning curve involved, but after a few uses you’ll find how easy this technology is to use.
- Communicate – Provide your route planner and your management with as much information as possible. They’re there to help you maximize your efficiency. By providing them with a clear and complete picture of your route and experiences, they can use their expertise to help you increase your efficiency.
- Know your limits – An exhausted driver is an inefficient and unsafe driver. Investing in a few hours’ rest can save you a lot of time in productivity and safe operation that may be lost if you don’t get enough sleep.
- Optimize your time at home – Managing your time at home will help you get the most rest and quality time with your family, allowing you to come back to work refreshed and ready to roll. Plan your time at home – schedule time for chores and tasks, family time, personal business, and rest. If you can afford it, hire help for some of the more time-consuming tasks at home, like repairs and maintenance, so you can spend your time resting and doing what you enjoy.
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