Going on the road for the first time as an over-the-road truck driver can be a breeze with proper preparation. If you’re preparing to go on the road for the first time, or are considering trucking as your career choice, here are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re ready to hit the road!
Stay in Touch with Loved Ones
The biggest downside to life on the road is that you’ll have to spend time away from your family and friends. Creating a communication plan can help you stay in touch while you’re on the road. Before heading out on your first trip, there are a few things you’ll want to do to establish a communication plan with your loved ones.
It may seem obvious, but it’s critical to make sure you have a good cellphone. Your phone will be the main source of communication you have. Phones capable of video calling, that are Wi-fi capable, and that have a good network will help you keep up with your loved ones. Be sure to also keep a written list of your family and friend’s phone numbers, just in case. Let your family members know what to expect, and form a plan to keep in contact with them.
Make Your Health a Top Priority
It can be tempting to eat the easiest things you can find at rest stops. However, you’ll benefit greatly by planning ahead with healthier options. As you prepare to hit the road, make sure you sit down with a doctor or nutritionist to come up with a game plan so your health is not impacted. In addition to eating right, there are a few other preparations you can make to stay healthy on the road.
Establishing a sleep routine you can follow on the road will help ensure you’re alert for the whole route. If possible, study the routes you’re going to take ahead of time, so you can plan ahead. Find a few good audiobooks or podcasts to listen to during your journey. Download them in advance if possible to save data on your phone. Listening to audiobooks or podcasts is an easy way to stay entertained and engaged, which will aid in your mental health!
Stock Up On Essential Equipment
Part of preparing for your new career as a truck driver is making sure you have essential supplies you’ll need on the road. There are several tools and equipment that can help will make things easier. We’ve created a checklist of a few essential items you’ll want to make sure you have. You can download the new driver checklist here!
A few of these essential items include a portable toilet, spare sunglasses, and a drinking water supply. While it may seem silly, having a portable toilet will be a lifesaver if a restroom is not easily accessible. You’ll be so glad you packed a pair of spare sunglasses when you’ve lost your favorite pair and the sun is glaring in your eyes. A large water jug will come in handy when your water bottle runs dry in the middle of the night and you don’t feel like leaving your cabin. Be sure you’re fully prepared for the journey ahead with our new driver checklist!
Many trucking companies will supply new drivers the basics they’ll need. However, planning ahead and bringing additional supplies will ensure your safety and comfort on the road. If you want to know more about getting started in your new career, contact us! The professionals at DriveCo CDL Learning Center are here to help you succeed.