A career in trucking can come with many benefits, including a new found independence while on the job. However, the freedom of the road can often be a double edged sword when you first start driving. When faced with the lack of a supervisor, you’re often left to your own devices, and it can pose many obstacles for a new driver, but with an organized approach and focused mindset, you’ll be well on your way towards fulfilling your responsibilities and uncovering a rewarding career path.
Adopting an approach towards time management can help you set clear plans and give you a schedule that keeps you running on time. You can improve your driving time by increasing your efficiency while on the road and making sure you avoid getting lost, taking wrong turns, or getting stuck in a parking lot. Of course, accidents happen, but take steps to improve your approach in the future. Document or make a mental note of wrong turns, closed down roads, or any instance that may be holding you back from punctually reaching your destination, and track your times driving so you can better plan your route and gauge your expectations in the future.
Hold yourself accountable by evaluating your performance on a day-to-day basis. Review your day and situations you could have improved on. Look for opportunities to learn from your other drivers, and don’t be afraid to develop relationships with fellow drivers. Establishing a support network can give you a base of knowledge and experience you wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
Lastly, make sure your prepared before you’re on the road. Check the weather and adjust your route accordingly. Make sure you perform regular maintenance checks to reduce your risk of complications delaying your arrival. And most importantly, take care of yourself. Make sure you get enough sleep, eat right, and are physically ready for the haul.
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