Top Tips for New Truckers
As a new trucker, you may wonder if you are prepared for this unfamiliar way of earning a living. Don’t worry, you will learn a lot on the road, but here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure you are safe.
- Ask for Help When Needed
If you are unsure of what to do in a situation, don’t be afraid to ask more experienced drivers for advice. Your company will probably give you the names and numbers of some other truckers or the home office to contact if you need help. Also, if you do get into an accident on the road, don’t be afraid to contact legal services for truckers for advice.
- Be Aware of Your Trailer at All Times
Your trailer is a dangerous weapon that could easily injure or kill someone if not handled properly. Make sure you are conscious of your trailer and see that it stays between the lines. When parking, be aware of where your trailer is, too.
- Leave Enough Space
Leave enough space between your truck and the vehicle ahead of you. With your heavy trailer, it will take longer to stop than you are used to. Use the rule of seven seconds: allow seven seconds of distance in good weather, more if the weather is bad.
- Wear Sunglasses
Sunglasses will greatly reduce the glare caused by the sun, reflections from snow and reflections from other vehicles. Polarized sunglasses are best. Be sure to take them off when driving through tunnels or other dark areas.
- Be Careful When Entering or Exiting Your Rig
Use the three points of contact rule when entering or exiting any part of your truck or trailer. This means that you should have two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with the equipment at all times. This will prevent dangerous falls.
Following these tips and asking your fellow truckers for pointers should help to make you a pro at driving your truck soon and will help to keep you safe in the meantime.