You’re standing in front of your truck looking at it, wondering how you are going to do on your first day. Heck, how is the first year going to go? You’ve done your research and decided that truck driving is a great fit for you. All of the training is complete and you even found your first job. It’s been great so far but you have no clue what the expectations for first year drivers are. Thoughts are rushing through your head. What if they don’t like me? What if I mess up? These are the same thoughts from millions of new hires from every profession, so it’s okay, you’re not alone. To survive as a first year driver will be the ultimate test of whether this is the right career for you. Here are several questions that many new drivers will ask themselves and answers to help alleviate worries!
Why is the first year important?
You will be right out of training and this is where you will see most of your challenges as a driver. In training there are tons to learn and a short period of time to learn it all. This profession is difficult and demands a lot from the drivers, especially on the road drivers. After you gain a full year of experience under your belt, many opportunities will become available to you. Many companies want to see a full year commitment to your first trucking company.
What is expected of me?
What isn’t expected of you? As you are still a new driver, the company expects you to prove yourself to be a safe and reliable driver. This doesn’t mean you have to be paranoid, just be cautious and aware of your surroundings. On top of being safe, you will have to learn how to manage your time properly. This will not only make you better but allow you to be more productive.
As a newbie, you will never be abused, but you may get some rookie treatment from more experienced drivers. Most drivers will do what they can to aid in becoming more accustomed to the company’s standards and procedures. You will work with truck dispatcher for most companies you work for and you want to have a great relationship with them. Remember that you are all on the same team and working together will make both jobs much easier.
Common mistakes to avoid?
Unfortunately, mistakes can happen to anyone. As a new driver, you are more prone to making them. Just know that mistakes like running out of fuel, locking your keys in the cab, and running into a light pole can and will happen, but these can be fixed. I don’t know about you, but when something like that happens, you make sure you never do it again. Lesson learned!
As you begin your first day and year of truck driving, know that is a rewarding career and after your first day goes by, it does get easier over time.