If you are starting a job as a truck driver there are a few things you should know. Like any job, there are a few simple tips within the trucking industry that will your job as a driver easier and more successful. Here are 10 easy tips for new truck drivers:

1. Become friends with your Dispatcher. The Dispatcher is the person who gives you the loads and the loads that can turn into miles. 

2. Never refuse a load, because doing so can leave the wrong impression. By accepting any work that is given to you, you are demonstrating that you are dedicated to your job and are valuable to the company.

3. Appreciate your company's Safety Department. The Safety Department exists to protect you and the best interest of those around you. It has a strong interest in your success. Establish a record of compliance. 

4. Keep in mind that hard work pays off. The trucking industry depends on you as a driver and your efforts will not go unnoticed.

5. Be prompt and always be on time. Call ahead and arrange for an earlier pick up or call the customer to advance your delivery with the receiver. You may get your next load earlier. Your reputation could also get you the important higher paying loads.

6. Get the experience you need. Over the Road (OTR) trucking will put your career on a fast track. Carriers want professionally trained drivers as quickly as possible. The carriers can give you the OTR experience you need.
7. Get to know your company. Each company has several divisions that may allow you to rotate through to gain more experience. More experience means more opportunities. Different skills will make you more valuable to your company.

8. Prepare your meals on the road. All you need is a crock pot. Just use an oven-roasting bag to put your food in and put a little water around the bag. You can have a healthy meal and save money without making a mess. When you are finished, just throw the bag away.

9. Make a good diet and exercise a priority. Maintain a steady diet,and keep the diet light with only a few carbs. Be sure to exercise 
preferably before begin your shift and during a mid-day break.

10. Practice safety first. Make a practice of getting out of the cab and look before you back up. It is always better to take a little time to be safe rather than a lot of time explaining how you damaged the company's truck.

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