5 Tips on How to Be A Better Truck Driver
Updated: May 26, 2021
Why work harder when you can work smarter?
1. Always Check Your Equipment - even if you're a company driver. Detecting an upcoming repair before it needs immediate attention will save you time by preventing a potential breakdown out on the road, rather you can work the repair into your schedule.
2. Don't Cut Corners When It Comes to Safety - We all know how strict DOT is with their rules! Believe it or not, those rules are in place for your protection too. That DOT annual inspection we all don't love, that is there to make sure the equipment that you're in is safe enough to (at the very least) not blow a tire and cause a dangerous accident. We can all agree that no one wants that.
3. Carry $200 Cash At All Times - again, even if you're a company driver. There will be so many situations out on the road or at shipper/receiver where you'll need $50-$75 - lumper, fuel card isn't working, etc. While a company driver's employer would pay for these things, there are instances where it is quicker for the driver to pay upfront and be reimbursed by their employer than waiting for the EFS check to come through with payment. This saved time can be spent getting to the next load.
4. Maintain Your Health - this is the BIGGEST one! Without your health, there is nothing. Simple.
5. Keep Your Driving Record Clean - Your driving record is your driving career. If it's not maintained properly and is littered with violations/accidents, you are high risk to any company's safety score and to their insurance company which makes you undesirable. From the very beginning of your driving career, make sure to keep a clean driving record. To do this, numbers 1 & 2 of this post will play a crucial role.
If you are you looking for a trucking company that will support you in your driving career, Slam Trucking is dedicated to the growth of each of our drivers. To speak with one of our recruiters, call 407-357-0700 ext 4
*Must have at least 2 years of CDL class A experience to qualify