Learning to drive an 18-wheeler is not a skill that is picked up overnight. On the contrary, driving a truck is a lifetime skill that you will always be working on, fine-tuning, and perfecting.
With years of experience on the road, our team here at TQM Logistics knows a thing or two about driving large vehicles. If you’re in the early stages of getting the hang of driving, or just want to brush up on your CDL driving skills, check out these truck driving tips:
- Always keep an eye on your trailer
If you spot your trailer creeping outside the line or going off the road, you are not driving safely. Such situations are very hazardous, making it vital to drive your trailer correctly.
- Look back after parking
Whenever you park your truck, always turn around to check everything before walking away. It is very common to see parked trucks that are positioned incorrectly or have their blinkers or lights on without the driver having noticed. Don’t be one of those drivers! Always remember to check.
- Do a thorough pre-trip inspection
Performing a proper pre-trip is vital to both your own safety and that of other drivers on the road. Make sure to check everything under the hood, as well as your tires, lights, pins, and valve stem covers. Not only will a pre-trip inspection keep you safe, but it will also help you out if you are ever speaking with a DOT officer.
- Pay attention to the tire path when parking
Frequently, when you see a newly-free parking spot, the truck that just pulled out will leave a perfect tire trail to use as a guide when parking. Not only will it help you park at the moment, but it is also good practice for paying attention to the path your wheels carve, helping you perfect your parking technique in the future.
Are you interested in learning more about what our team can do for your career? For more information about the truck driving jobs we’re currently offering here at TQM Logistics, give us a call today at (866) 823-4519.