In our experience, long haul trucking can be a very demanding job. Truck drivers must often spend days at a time on the road away from their families and working long hours. The trucking industry is a demanding one but also an industry that’s very rewarding for truckers. We get to see all different parts of the country, meet interesting people and truck driving jobs are generally very financially rewarding. The benefits of this position greatly outweigh the challenges of a career in heavy hauling. Our moving van lines drivers find that their jobs are especially rewarding when they take certain steps to make being a truck driver easier on themselves.
Well prepared drivers tend to share clear and unshakable values and techniques. To be a successful haulage driver, you need to respect the rules of the road, have superb focus, and be able to respond instantly to the actions of those around you. Both drivers who are new to the industry and experienced drivers can benefit from using certain techniques when on the road. That’s why we put together a list of tips to help make your life as a professional truck or van lines driver easier.
1. Respect Your Safety Inspector
Gratitude and good manners go a long way when dealing with safety officers and vehicle inspectors. The truth is that the highway safety and inspection departments are invested in nothing but our personal wellbeing. Try to be understanding and mindful of the rules and of the inspectors time. There are also many easy ways to avoid slowdowns during an inspection that will help take the frustration out of dealing with safety departments.
2. Stay Off the Phone
Nowadays, handling a phone in any capacity while driving is illegal in many states. Even if you’re driving through a state that does allow you talk on your phone while driving, don’t. If you absolutely need to communicate with someone while on the road, use a hands free device so that you can keep both hands on the wheel. Otherwise, wait until you can pull over at a rest stop.
3. Pay Attention to Height Restrictions
This might sound like obvious advice, but many drivers encounter problems when dealing with height restrictions. Height restrictions, especially below bridges are vital to making sure you and your cargo reach your destination on time and safely. Always have an alternative route mapped out for when you encounter routes that are too inconvenient for your truck. If a bridge looks low but does not have height restrictions clearly posted, which is extremely rare, use an alternative route.
4. Take Breaks
It can be tempting sometimes to keep on trucking and ignore scheduled rest breaks if it means getting the job done on-time or ahead of schedule. However, respecting the need for rest periods is the only way to guarantee safety on the road. Avoiding needed rest is dangerous and could ultimately lead to someone getting hurt. Don’t forget to take the personal rest time that’s afforded to you in your driving schedule.
5. Stay Healthy
One of the biggest problems for the haulage truck driver is a poor diet and obesity. It can be difficult to prepare fresh food, store it in your truck and keep it in good condition. There are many steps that truck drivers can take to eat healthy and exercise while on the road. Follow these steps to stay healthy on the road.
Why You Might Make a Great Haulage Driver
The best truck drivers are those who understand that there are right and wrong ways to go about doing the job. If you found these steps helpful, then you might be a great candidate for a truck driving job. If you’d like to apply to be a van lines driver, click the application link to get started.