Commercial Truck Driving 101
So you want to be a truck driver? You want to hit the open road and ride on some of the biggest wheels on the highway? Before you purchase your very own truck, here are some things to take not of first.
What to do before everything else
I’d recommend you talk to a truck driver first. Ask them about their experience. You should know what to expect from this type of lifestyle. Let them give you tips on how to do things better. When you’re all set, here are a few steps to start you off.
1. Go to a truck driving school
This is where you learn the industry. From caring for your truck to having the inside track, this is probably the most important first step.
2. Obtain your Class A CDL
You can’t drive without a license. This is where you can prove that you belong behind the wheel of a truck.
3. Choose your truck
Choose a truck that will not only suit you, but will best suit your business. Something that you are comfortable driving, suits your business model, and of course within your budget.
Caring for your truck
1. Check your tires regularly
This may seem simple, but is very important. Having the wrong tire pressure affects your fuel economy. Get the best value for your fuel costs by ensuring tires are always at the right pressure. Wrong tire pressure also wears out your tires faster.
Ensure your tires are always in good condition. Worn out tires add more stress and strain on your truck. This will shorten the lifespan of your truck and lead to more parts replacements.
2. Strictly follow service schedules
When was the last time you opened your vehicle’s user manual? One of the vital pieces of information in the manual is your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. When should you change motor oil? When should you change certain components? Proper maintenance ensures an efficient truck. Saving you costs on fuel and fixes.
3. Be aware of your truck
Know your truck. Check for warning signs that may mean something is wrong. If you hear a noise that shouldn’t be there, chances are it should not be there. Have it checked immediately. Prolonging this just makes the problem worse, needing a larger job to fix. This will also entail more cost and time away from the road.
4. Choose the best fit insurance
Look for the best fit insurance for your truck. Talk to a specialist to know what you will need out of your insurance. This is the best way to protect your investment.
Making sure you are insured before starting your new job is also very important. Check with your employer and make sure you understand each coverage on your policy. Sameday Insurance Services Inc. has its clients as their first priority with affordable rates and clever policies. To learn more about how we can help you please contact our agency at (888) 750-9775 or Click Here to request a free quote.