Best Tips for Trucking Company Beginners
Updated: Mar 16
If you've just started your trucking company and are ready to run your first load, but still aren't sure about what to expect on your first trip, don't worry. We have you covered. Here are our best tips for trucking company beginners who are about to get on the road.
The job is more mental than physical
A top factor in being successful as a truck drivers is taking care of your mental health. I mean sure slingin' long chains and 8' tarps can take some big guns but you MUST carry the right mindset if you're going to make it on your hauls. Staying in the best frame of mind will keep you focused.
Take care of your health
Yes, it's important to care of your mental health, but don't forget about your physical one too. A big issue when it comes to your health is the food you eat on the road and the lack of activity you get. An easy food choice while you're on the road is quick, greasy, fast food. Try packing your food or bringing healthy snack options with you to avoid stopping at fast food restaurants all the time. Or opt for a healthier alternative while you're on the road.
Stay as active as you can while on the road
For the majority of your time you're going to be sitting down driving your truck. To keep your physical health as best as possible, you have to stay as active as possible. Learn some basic exercises to do on your breaks or take some walks around the truck stops. Get your blood flowing and your muscles moving.
Always remember to do a good pre-trip inspection
Always put safety first when driving your truck. Do your pre-trip inspections to make sure your truck is in its best condition before getting on the road and finding problems along the way. You never want to run into an officer when you haven't done a pre-trip inspection.
Pay attention when you reverse your big rig
Reverse a big truck can be a tricky task. So make sure you look and listen, before, during, and after you back that thing up. It's better to be careful while reversing over reversing into something that will damage your truck.
Lastly, ALWAYS get enough sleep
No matter what you do for a living, getting enough sleep is so important. When you're operating a heavy vehicle like a truck, sleep is one of the most important factors to take seriously. Being sleep deprived leads to slow reactions, sluggishness, and being less aware - all conditions that no one should be operating a big rig under. If you don't take this step seriously, you could put yourself in danger AND those around you, and you could potentially lose you license.
These tips will help you be the best driver you can be!