Tips and Tricks for Novice Truckers

Despite the growth (or lack thereof) of the American

economy, truck driving is one of the fastest growing and most demanding

industries in the country. Professional

truck drivers are needed daily to transport virtually everything sold and

consumed in the United States. If you’ve received your CDL and are ready to get

out on the open road, here are a few tips, suggestions, and advice to ensure

your career behind-the-wheel is a success.

  • Given

    the high demand for trucking services, carriers that would not have accepted

    new drivers are now doing so – and offering some very advantageous incentives

    in order to attract them. There are

    also a number of local, regional, and dedicated truck driving jobs

    available. The job you want is out

    there, so keep looking until you find the one that fits all your career

    needs and goals.

  • Turnover

    in the truck driving industry is high, so make sure you do your homework

    before signing up with a particular company. Speak to several recruiters about

    various opportunities and inquire about home time, pay, equipment, and

    schedules. Conducting good job

    research will ensure you find a company that’s a good match for you.

  • If you

    signup with a company that provides training for new drivers, make sure

    they offer both classroom and behind-the-wheel training. Getting adequate hands-on training is

    critical in becoming a safe and successful driver.

  • Become

    familiar with the equipment you will be operating – how the truck handles

    in various weather conditions (especially poor), night driving versus day

    driving, the control panel, etc.

  • If you’re

    looking for career independence, becoming an independent contractor may be

    the career path for you.

    Independent contractors essentially run their own business – they typically

    lease a tractor trailer from a trucking company, then contract with

    companies that need their services.

    In order to become an independent contractor, you first need to

    gain at least a few years experience on the road.