The life of a trucker is hardly easy, and if you're new to the game, it can be a little daunting to get into the swing of things. However, there are some tried and true methods for being successful in the industry if you stick it out.
Those include the following, which any trucker would recommend to their colleagues who are just starting out:
1) Prioritize your sleep
It's not always easy to get shut-eye on the road, according to TransWood. For that reason, strive to give yourself the chance to get some good sleep, including investing in a high-quality mattress and bedding for your sleeper cab, and give yourself plenty of time to drift off at night.
2) Find something to keep you occupied
The life of a trucker is very much go-go-go, right up until it isn't, TransWood said. As a result, you need to have something on hand to pass the time while you're in detention or parked for the night, such as a book, a tablet with a streaming service app installed or something along those lines.
3) Shower when you can
Trucking isn't like other jobs, in that you're not usually waking up someplace where a shower is easily accessible every morning, according to Trucking Truth. As such, you need to make sure you shower whenever you get the opportunity, as it's good for both personal hygiene and mental health.
4) Incorporate slowdowns into your planning
You're always trying to get somewhere on time, and that means you should be planning your routes carefully, Trucking Truth added. With that in mind, you should account for places where you're going to run into traffic, steep grades that force you to ride the brakes and so on, in all of your plans so you rarely run late.
5) Always greet people with a smile
There are a lot of reasons you might not arrive at your destination in the best of moods, but you shouldn't let that impact your interactions, according to All Truck Jobs. Especially if it's someone you will deal with on a regular basis, you should always try to project a positive attitude. That's just good life advice, as well.
6) Stay connected to your loved ones
If you're spending days or weeks at a time on the road, you are somewhat apt to get lonely if you're not careful, All Truck Jobs advised. For that reason, it's a good idea to take time to talk to family and friends via text, phone call or even video chat to help keep your spirits up.
7) Don't be afraid to ask for help
Finally, it's important to keep in mind that you're not going to be the world's best trucker right out of the gate, All Truck Jobs further noted. You should certainly strive to ask other drivers or people you encounter in your life on the road for a bit of help or advice from time to time. That should help you get up to speed fairly quickly.
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