Are you considering or have you just begun your career as a trucker? First of all, congratulations and welcome to the trucking industry! More than likely, you are feeling a little bit nervous about starting out. Don’t worry, before you know it you will be accustomed to life on the road and confident with your truck driving skills. However, it is quite common for new truckers to make mistakes when they first start driving which can, in turn, cost the company time and money. Here at Strategy Systems, our goal when we began developing our web-based trucking software all the way back in 1982 was to help the trucking industry in any way that we can, so in this blog post we want to provide some advice to the rookie truckers out there.
One thing that you do not have to worry about is stressing over the day-to-day tasks that truckers used to have to deal with. Through our custom software for truckers, you’ll be able to keep track of your loads, billing, fuel tax management, and so much more. If you would like to learn more or would like to try a free demo, then feel free to contact us today.
Remember when you first got your driver’s license and had the false assumption that you were the greatest driver on the road? Now that you are older, you realize how foolish that was and know that teenagers are some of the worst drivers out there. The same overconfidence happens for newbie truckers. Trucks are, obviously, behemoths compared to the other cars driving, so it’s easy to feel powerful while driving, but you must resist the temptation to become a bully. These types of truckers are dangerous for everyone out there on the road. From day one, make sure that you are following the rules of the road and have a high focus on safety.
Not Taking Care of Their Health
You’ll soon realize that it can be really difficult to take care of your health as a trucker. Not only are you sitting for the majority of the day, but you don’t necessarily have time to dine out and eat healthy, properly prepared food. You want to get your load delivered as soon as you can, which usually makes drivers opt for grabbing fast food or snacks at the gas station. We all know that this is not a diet that bodes well for your body. It’s inevitable that you are going to eat quick food from time to time, but when you are able to, take a trip to the grocery store and stock up on more nutritional food. Also, be sure to do a little bit of exercising daily, even if it’s just for ten minutes or going on a walk.
Another health issue that truckers face is lack of sleep. You’re going to have days where you’re tired while driving, but if it goes to the point of exhaustion, you need to get off the road as soon as possible. Getting the load to its location early or on time is not worth putting yours and every other driver’s life on the line. Make sure that you are getting the proper amount of rest and not pushing yourself too far.
Taking Advice From Everybody
You’ll soon realize that almost every trucker that you encounter will attempt to give you advice once they hear that you’re a new driver. Only take tips from professional and experienced drivers to heart. Otherwise, you’ll likely follow some ill-advice which could cost your company money or get you in trouble.
Not Researching the Employer
Since you are new in the trucking industry, some employers will likely try and use your lack of experience to pay you the least amount of money or assign you the worst loads or routes. You just don’t want to go into an interview without making sure that it is a well-run trucking company that takes care of its drivers. Also, check to see if they are using a sophisticated yet user-friendly trucking software.
There is a lot of stuff to keep track of as a trucker such as keeping track of receipts, staying up on your log, billing, and much more. If you aren’t staying organized, you’re going to spiral into disarray which will have a negative impact on your job, create problems with the clients, and also cause you a lot of unnecessary stress. The good news is that a lot of this won’t be an issue if your company is using Strategy Live, our custom trucking software. You will be able to stay incredibly organized and focus on what is important, driving your truck.
Spending Too Much
One thing that new truckers need to realize is that it is incredibly easy to spend too much while on the road. Even if you’re lucky enough to go home each night, you’ll find yourself splurging at the truck stops that you find yourself. We highly recommend making a budget on how much you spend while on the job and sticking to it. Once again, we recommend stocking up on food from the grocery store or even meal-prepping food from home.
Not Asking Questions
Most people are scared to ask for help. Whether it is due to pride or just nervous to admit that you don’t know something, this is common for rookie drivers. You have to get over this fear! There are a lot of things that you are going to need to know and if you don’t ask then you are likely to make a mistake that could have been avoided by just asking a supervisor or another trucker.
Not Preparing For Life On the Road
As we’ve mentioned several times in our blogs, the life of a trucker is not an easy one. It requires you to be able to drive for long hours, deal with the stress of the road, and one of the most difficult parts about it is being away from home constantly. If you have a family, this can be hard for them too. You want to be absolutely positive that you are able to handle what the job throws at you before you even start.
So are you ready to hit the road? Strategy Systems is here to help. Our web-based trucking software will make the daily tasks and reports a breeze. We made sure that the software was intricate but also very simple for the user. If you have any questions or would like to try a free demo, then go ahead and contact us today.