Once you finish your time in truck-driving school, you will be immersed in the real world of commercial driving. Use this guide for some help finding your footing as you begin to work as a professional truck driver:
Pay Attention to Blind Spots
If you are unaware of what is happening in your blind spots, it can make it very dangerous to drive or to maneuver around parking lots. Your blind spots will fall to the side in front of the cab, directly behind the side mirrors, or behind the truck. Pay attention to who is on the road around you so your blinds spots are not as dangerous.
Follow the Speed Limits
A commercial truck is an extremely heavy vehicle, which means it takes longer than smaller vehicles like cars to stop. You should always follow the speed limits on the highways and side streets. Driving the speed limit helps you maintain control of your vehicle at all times.
Maintain Your Truck
It is important to maintain your vehicle to be sure it always ready to drive. Get the oil changed regularly and check the tire pressure. Have some professionals check on the fluid levels, the horn, and the mirrors. This helps you feel confident that your truck is in the best condition.
Check the Weather
You should always check the weather before you get on the road to see if there are any potential hazards that might make the route more dangerous. If the weather is going to be really bad on a certain route, you might want to consider taking another one.
Come to HDS Truck Driving Institute to learn everything you need to know to earn your CDL and enter the world of commercial truck driving. Our programs help you hone your skills so you can begin a new and fulfilling career. To learn more about our program and how you can apply, visit us online or call (877) 205-2141.