SURVIVING THE FIRST YEAR

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How are Rookie Drivers Treated??

New drivers will generally be "rookies" for a year or so, until they REALLY learn to drive the truck without hitting anything, manage their time, and do all of the other things that will make them a successful driver.  (Read More)

Top 15 Rookie Driving Mistakes 

 #1. Just flat out doing stupid things. This could be anything from taking a curve to quickly to missing a turn.  (Read More)

How to Deal with Dispatch

Your dispatcher, or "driver manager", is going to play a pivotal role in your success as a driver. He or she will be the one assigning you loads, and the more your DM trusts you, the longer and better paying loads you will get.

 

For the first year of your driving career, you will still be proving yourself. Initially, your dispatcher will be breaking you in to see how you handle the job. Your job is to learn how to be safe, efficient, and reliable, and getting along with your management team will pay off down the road.

Tips, Tricks, for Surviving your

First Year On The Road!!!

So how does a new driver survive their hectic, tiring, demanding, and incredibly stressful first 1st year on the job? That's a question that I'm here to hopefully shine some light on. As a new driver, you probably can't wait to get out on the road in your own rig. But you will find out real quick that being a new driver is a tough place to be. It ain't as easy as it looks, and your trainer ain't around to read the map, answer questions, or spot you when you back into that tight dock while other impatient drivers wait for you to get out of their way.    (Read More)

Time Management Advice

If you're considering becoming a truck driver, Time will either be your Friend or your enemy. And Learning to manage your time and logbook correctly is a huge part of your success as a driver. Because the Regulations only allows you to drive 11 hours a day, within a continuous 14-hour window.          (Read More)

Life on the Road 

Traveling & Sight-Seeing

The nature of the job says that drivers get to see a lot of great scenery & places on the road, though most of it from out of their windows.  

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Parking & Getting Sleep!!!

At the end of a long day of driving, or even in the middle of one, every driver is going to have to find a place to shut down for at least10 hours. It is important to do so legally and responsibly. Getting enough quality sleep is an important part of any drivers lifestyle. Overly tired & fatigued drivers can be a liability on the road, to themselves and to others.   (Read More)

Qualcomm & ELD'S

In terms of technology, drivers will need to become proficient with their (Qualcomm system, as well as any GPS systems that they are using.    (Read More)

Dealing With Dangerous Weather Conditions

If you are driving a truck professionally, it’s essential that you be aware of the weather patterns in the areas where you will be traveling. Bad weather for truckers can cause anything from inconvenience, delays, major accidents, interstate shutdowns and in some cases, death, especially if four wheelers are involved. Here are some tips truckers should know about dealing with dangerous weather conditions. 

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What if I have an Accident, or an Incident.

 

As a new driver, you are a bit of an insurance liability until you learn how to operate your vehicle safely. As always, patience is your key, and if there is any doubt, get out and look (GOAL).  Safety should be a new drivers number one concern. From making sure that the vehicle is safe and road-worthy, to not hitting anything while driving.

 

Trucking companies are generally, and understandably, pretty intolerant of "rookie mistakes" that damage property, cost them money, and cause their insurance rates to climb. So if you have an accident, (Depending on the Situation), it's certainly a good possibility that you will lose your job. If you have more than one, it's going to be an even harder challenge to find another driving job, at least for a while. Tickets and minor "incidents" like hitting fences, parked trailer, etc., are also the kinds of things that will stay on your record and haunt you down the road.

Expenses on the road, Who Covers Them

 

Most of the driver expenses on the road as a "Company Driver" (Fuel, Tolls, Truck Maintenance, Permits and Lumpers) "If Needed"  will be the responsibility of your company. Of course if you are an Owner Operator, or Independent Contractor you will be responsible the above expenses and more. But that will be covered in more detail under our 

Owner Operator Section.

 

The Company Drivers main expense on the road is going to be food. Most drivers will plan to bring food with them in the truck, as eating out every day gets pretty expensive, pretty quickly. But of course that is not the only expense by far:

Here is a small list of other Expenses you might encounter on the road:

  • GPS, Map Book, CB - Radio, 

  • Cell Phone (Purchase) and Monthly Service 

  • Glasses - Sun & Safety, 

  • Flashlight, Batteries, 

  • Laundry & Laundry Supplies, 

  • Parking, & Small Tools

  • Office and Personal Hygiene Supplies

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