Driving a semi may seem intimidating at first, but with these tips, you will be more prepared to start your driving career. If you are considering a career in the trucking industry, these tips are something to keep in mind.
- Be aware of your trailer at all times
This is especially important while you are driving. Keeping the trailer inside the lines will avoid crowding the road and lessen the chance of an accident. However, this also goes for when the truck is parked. Knowing that the contents of your trailer are locked up and safe will keep you from having to explain any possible thefts.
- Perform a thorough pre-trip inspection
You never know when you will be asked, “Did you do a pre-trip?” And if it’s a DOT officer, you want to know if you looked good at the inspection date, the lights, the tires, the pins, fifth wheel, lights, and even the valve stem covers. I’m picky about them and keep plenty of extras in my side pocket door. Knowing your equipment is ready for a DOT inspection will give you peace of mind.
- Pay attention.
When you take the exit to the truck stop, look at the exit and the signs and make sure you know how to get back to the highway. There are many kinds of exits and many ways to exit, but only certain ones will lead you in the right direction. And with out-of-route miles being so important, you want to keep them to a minimum. Not to mention you could get lost taking the wrong turn. Situational awareness is key for a driver.
- Never be afraid to ask for help!
Your team is here to support you, so not using them is a waste of resources. Whether it be route advice or a question about a traffic law or even your equipment, your team is there to have your back. Use that to your advantage!
If you’ve ever considered a career in driving, US Transport can help. Contact us today!