A career as a truck driver can be lucrative and offers a great deal of freedom. However, you need to be careful when starting your career to avoid mistakes that compromise your chances for success.
The following are six things that could compromise your success in your truck driving career.
Being too ambitious
It's common for new drivers to try and take on too much at the beginning of their careers. You need to be realistic regarding your goals. If you try to take on too much work or complete trips too quickly, you could end up getting in an accident or failing to meet an important deadline.
Failing to put enough planning into trips
Putting effort into planning out your trips helps you to optimize your time and predict when you'll be able to get assignments done. You should learn to calculate your average speed and factor into the equation stops for fuel, sleep, and meals so that you plan effectively. Planning tools you should have available en route include a notebook, calculator, and atlas. Many smartphone apps can help with route planning.
Neglecting truck maintenance
If you're going to be using the same truck for a long period of time, you'll probably be responsible for seeing to it that your truck stays well maintained. Make truck maintenance a priority. If you fail to maintain expensive company equipment, it's going to lead to a mark against you in your employment history.
Changing positions frequently
As with any career, you need to be careful about changing jobs too quickly. This is especially true in the beginning. Focus on establishing a stable work history when you're first starting so that trucking companies view you as a reliable candidate when you apply for jobs.
Not reporting an accident
Unfortunately, accidents happen. You need to make sure that you're reporting accidents properly. You might worry that you'll lose your job if you're involved in an accident. However, you'll definitely get in even more trouble with your employer if you get in an accident and don't report it.
Failing to maintain a clean driving record
Perhaps the most important thing you need to do to excel in your truck driving career is to maintain a good driving record. If you have a serious infraction like driving under the influence on your record, it's going to create serious problems for you in your career.
To learn more, contact companies that offer truck driving jobs.