5 Things To Know Before Entering Your First Year As A New Truck Driver

When you enter any industry, not just the trucking industry, there are a few things you should know beforehand. This blog is not meant to scare you away from your job but to equip you with information for your first year as a truck driver. The first year is an important year for your new trucking career. 


No doubt, your first year as a trucker is going to be difficult as you will be adjusting to your new job. You will be getting familiar with your driving skills, the trucking lifestyle, and your truck. Moreover, you will gain so much experience in this first year that will help you in the later years. However, there are some things you need to know before entering your first year.

Getting Driving Experience:

Experience is significant in the trucking industry. The more experience you gain, the better driver you will become. Experience will also help you land great jobs, which will help you earn more money. Further, the experience will also help you ease behind the wheel and enjoy your job!

The Driving Trainer:

It is possible that you are being trained and you will have to drive around with a trainer. Your driving trainer might be good or not so good. You would have to adjust as you will spend your entire day with them, and you might also have to share your sleeper bunk with them. Be prepared for this.

Avoid Getting Into Accidents:

You should set this as an essential goal. Accidents are common in the first year of trucking. Accidents appear on your driving record, and you definitely would not want that. They can be expensive and hurt your confidence as well. Moreover, you might also lose your job, which you certainly would not want. 

Adjust To Being Far Away From Home:

A trucking career means staying on the road for several weeks or more. If you are married or have children, it would be tough for you and your family. Being alone for long periods can lead to depression and anxiety. A trucking career can affect your physical and mental health. Be prepared for all of this.

Remain Focused On Your Goal:

Although your first year as a truck driver can be rough, you should not be discouraged. Your ultimate goal should be to accumulate seat time and gain experience. As previously mentioned, the more experience you have, the better your resume will look, and the better the chances you will have an excellent job. You should learn from this first year as much as possible, and your skills and abilities will improve with time.

The first year of your trucking career holds immense importance, and you want to ensure that you learn a lot this year. However, there are a few things you should know beforehand. If you are about to enter your first year as a truck driver, be prepared for the things we have mentioned. For more information, visit Gillson Trucking. We wish you all the best of luck.

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