Trip Planning Tips for New Commercial Truck Drivers

Welcome to the trucking industry which contributes highly to the economy of the nation. You can feel proud to be a part of this industry as new talented commercial truck drivers. The life on the road may be stimulating but at the same time, you may also face new challenges. A truck driver spends most of the time on roads and travels. They sacrifice and dedicate their time for the betterment of the nation.

Our daily activities are undisturbed because of the tireless work of the truckers. As the truck drivers transport all the goods and deliver them on time. In spite of various climatic conditions, the work of every truck drivers must move on.

If you are a commercial truck driver, then you must adhere to the hours of service strictly. And also must follow the rules and regulations that are issued by the state. All other rules regarding the safety of commercial driving are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This FMCSA is a part of United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) that governs the entire trucking industry of the United States.

As a new commercial truck driver, your first objective must be driving safe and arrive at the destination on time.  To improvise on your field here are some basic tips:

  • Initially, familiarize your rig, its features, and the operation before pulling out the truck yard.
  • Review the truck owner’s manual, if you are unfamiliar with the truck’s operation. Because each truck is different from the other.
  • As a commercial driver, you are required to keep track of the driving hours in a log book, maintain a time grid for each day along with the information identifying the driver of the vehicle.
  • Maintain a constant and agreeable speed over the road during the trips.
  • Put attempt to reach the destination earlier.
  • Always exhibit your professional skills to your clients.
  • Try to get useful tips and suggestions from Veteran drivers to make the trip comfortable on road.
  • Do not stress more or do not be stringent in your duty. Enjoy your duty and make your work lovable.
  • Always try to carry the basic necessities like soft drinks, food, paper towels & wet wipes on the truck.
  • Stay healthy always. Only strong health can keep you active throughout the work.
  • Importantly, carry all the necessary paper works during all your trips.
  • Stamped Schedule 1 is mandatory and is always required when you are on the move. This Schedule 1 is the proof of payment for the Federal Excise Tax Form 2290 HVUT.

If you have not filed Form 2290 or need information regarding the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) you can check or mail us