What new truck drivers should know?
7 Starter Tips for New Truck Drivers
- Trucking is more mental than physical. Managing your own mental state is the secret to trucking success.
- Don’t expect the world right out of the gate.
- It takes about a year to “get it.”
- Year one goal: no accidents.
- Know your career goals.
- Don’t job hop.
- It’s all about attitude.
What is most important to truck drivers?
Home time is one of the most important factors drivers consider when looking for work. Over 11,000 Drive My Way drivers cited both of these—type of schedule and PTO —as top job factors they consider when applying to a new CDL trucking job.
What should regular drivers know about truckers etiquette?
Unless you’re passing, avoid the left lane; this will help prevent traffic from building up behind you. If there’s a vehicle driving slowly in front of you, either pass them or increase your following distance. Also, avoid tailing other truck drivers or motorists, as this can come across as aggressive.
Is CRST a good company to start with?
Great place to start out, CRST is what you make of it. This is a great company to work for if you are looking to become a Class A driver. My first three years was with them and I am grateful for all the support and opportunity. They also have really good benefits.
What is the life expectancy of a truck driver?
In fact, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (in an article on truck driver life expectancy CDC provides this information) has said that the average life expectancy for a commercial truck driver is 61 years, which is 16 years lower than the national average.
What is the most important quality in a driver?
Patient – Patience is one of the most important traits a driver can have. Heavy traffic, road construction, parking, and the actions of other drivers will test patience on a daily basis. Impatience can lead to aggression, bad decision making, and ultimately accidents.
How do you talk to a truck driver?
- Get to know your drivers in person.
- Make the most of SMS solutions.
- Communicate in multiple languages.
- Don’t ditch those CB radios.
- Cut the jargon.
- Don’t send ‘angry’ texts and emails.
- Take advantage of digital dispatch and scheduling solutions.
- Make use of video chat apps.
Why do trucks flash their lights?
To Determine the Proximity of an Oncoming Vehicle. It might be difficult to measure distances in the rearview mirror while overtaking a truck. So to ensure you have moved far enough ahead to safely get back into the lane. Truckers flash their lights quickly, it signals the passing car that “all is clear.”