Truck driving tips! – It’s just never enough of those! Being in the trucking industry and driving on the open roads can make you learn something different every day.
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Now, we are all different and not everything that meant trouble for me will be presenting a issue for you. We have different experiences from truck drivers from all over the globe, but I am sure if you ask, most of the drivers will agree with my list below with 30+useful tips and tidbits on things that can make your life easier while on the road.
Either there is going something so profound written on the following pages that will change your life forever, or here is yet another list of silly nonsense written to get your attention.
Well anyway, I hope you will find it interesting and perhaps of value; after all there are tons and tons of things that could be written regarding truck driving tips.
However, I know many readers will say, „Well Duh“, as some of these are rather obvious, if not falling into the common sense category. At the same time, I think that there is also enough good information that someone will find of use.
Of course we were not all born with a steering wheel in our hands. Though I am sure many mothers weren’t surprised when they saw you driving truck do! After all, she watched you from the nine months of shifting gears in the womb to hauling the dog in your wagon behind your bike. She knew, mothers always know, what we’ll eventually grow up to be.
If life was only as simple as that it would be great. But there is more to it than the desire to see the open road and run freight from town to town. It can even seem a bit overwhelming for some drivers, because you have so much to consider, such as:
- The government regulators from local and state, to federal level, they all have input;
- Getting licenses and endorsements such as the CDL, HAZMAT, Tank, Double/Triple Trailer;
- The time spent away from home and family, for some it can be tough.
Those are only a few of the issues that truckers must deal with. Fortunately there are ways to make the best out of any situation, such as reading articles related to the industry and reading on all those useful truck driving tips that people share. With other words-“Learning from the best”.
This is an ever-changing environment. Rules and regulations can change quicker than getting a Jimmy John’s sub delivered!
Another issue with truck driving that can have an adverse effect is complacency. They say it is when you get too comfortable and become unaware or unconcerned with potential hazards. But do you know what it really is? It is dangerous, not just to you but to every other driver on the road.
So perhaps my first tip should be ‚don’t become complacent‘! But if I did that I would still need to think up 29 other things, which does bring up another point. Where did these ideas come from? Did I just sit at the computer and jot down random stuff?
Though it might seem that way, actually the answer is no. I have read comments from truckers, I have spoken to many drivers, I have even put a few miles of mine own. I am not trying to say I have been everywhere done everything but, I have done enough to know truck-driving tips are just as important for a novice as they are for an expert.
They say the day you stop looking in the sky on Christmas Eve is the day you stop dreaming. Well the day you stop reading tips and learning trucking is the day you stop driving. The trucking industry is too important to the economy and the class 8 vehicles are too big to not take it serious.
As usual I could drone on and on about this or that. However, I should get to the article. Now I listed these in random order, and a little mixed and matched. I did this in hopes that you’ll read the entire list, and perhaps offer other tips in the comments.
Keep in mind there is no way I can list every good tip. That would take an entire library. But, I did try to cover enough industry related areas to get the point.
So without further delay (because you’re waiting to learn something profound) here is some of the top 30 truck driving tips from experienced truck drivers. Or at least tips that will help you stay around long enough to become experienced (if you’re not already).
30. Truck Driving Tips – Maintain Good Safety Records, Personal Safety And Safety On The Road
Safety is key to everything you do as a driver. I know people get tired of hearing that but it is so true for many reasons. The most important is that at the end of the trip you want to be home with your family not laid up in some hospital.
But you must also maintain a good safety rating as a driver. Your company must maintain a good safety rating as well. This helps with insurance premiums, getting contracts/loads, and when dealing with enforcement agencies. Safety first!
29. Truck Driving Tips – Winter Driving Tips
It doesn’t matter how good of a driver you are, if you don’t respect the road conditions you won’t make it to your destination. Rain, wind, and snow all make driving difficult. But ice is the worst! Though some might say other drivers are even worse.
Ice is the one thing old man winter loves to share on the road. Be especially cautious of black ice or sudden drops in temperature during/after a rain shower. Once the roads get slick stopping can be a real nightmare.
28. Truck Driving Tips – Never Drink And Drive
This tip is one of the very obvious one and you are probably wondering why I am even mentioning this. But, I just simply can’t stress enough how important of a rule this is.
Never, ever, even in your worst nightmare don’t even think of drinking and then driving. If you do not appreciate your life then at list don’t ruin (or worst case scenario don’t end) someone else’s life.
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