Once you’ve started your new career as a trucker, there will come a time when you face your first significant challenge: your first trip on your own. Traveling solo can be exhilarating, but it can also be intimidating. Here’s what you should know about your first independent trip as a professional trucker:
You need to be well-rested.
Fatigue is a trucker’s greatest enemy. In order to stay safe behind the wheel, it’s important that you embark on your first solo trip—and every subsequent trip, for that matter—with a full night of sleep behind you. Don’t rely on coffee or energy drinks to stay alert; there’s simply no substitute for quality sleep.
Remember to take breaks.
To reduce the possibility of dangerous driver fatigue, drivers are required to take a 30-minute break from the road every eight hours. If at all possible, however, it’s a good idea to also take a short break every two or three hours. You have a long trip ahead of you, and taking breaks to get out and stretch your legs will help to keep you from feeling stiff, drowsy, or listless.
Don’t try to rush it.
It can be tempting to try to speed up your trip by driving faster than you should. But speeding is particularly dangerous for trucks, and nothing will slow down your trip faster than an accident. Instead of trying to rush to make up for a lost time, make sure that you’ve planned out your trip carefully in advance, with plenty of time to spare. You should also go slowly when you’re backing up or parking the truck.
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