It’s normal for new drivers to have a lot of questions as they begin their careers with Schneider. As a former driver and current driver business leader (DBL), drivers often ask me for tips and advice as they get used to life on the road. In addition to these trending questions new truck drivers have, here are some of the most common questions I receive:
How do I properly fill out my logbook?
Truck driving is an industry full of technology, and it can take some time to get used to the different programs and processes, like electronic logs. You will learn all about how to log properly during orientation — both for electronic logs and paper logs (which you’ll need to know in case your in-cab device malfunctions). Schneider drivers can review the instructions on their in-cab device, in the resource book you’re given in orientation or by asking your DBL for help. Remember that your DBL is one of your best resources for questions; they want you to succeed!
How can I stay healthy while on the road?
One of the biggest lessons inexperienced drivers learn is the importance of making time for themselves while on the road. Allow break time in your day to take a walk or exercise.
Try to make healthy choices when eating on the road. Pack a cooler with fruits and vegetables for healthy snacking, and follow these other driver health and wellness tips.
Good hygiene is also important to your health. Be sure you allow regular time to clean up, and don’t forget to pack a pair of flip-flops to use in the shower!
How can I get a good night’s sleep while on the road?
Sufficient rest is essential to being able to drive safely. My advice to inexperienced drivers is to make your bunk as comfortable as possible to ensure you get a good night’s sleep. I’ve seen drivers add foam egg crates, piles of quilts and temperature-control sleeping bags to their bunks. You can also use a sleep mask or ear plugs to block out annoying light and sound. Do whatever you need to do to make your bunk comfortable for you.
What are my fellow drivers like?
You may be surprised at the variety of people you encounter while on the job. No two drivers are exactly alike. Drivers have different educational backgrounds, come from different areas of the country (and world) and they all have different stories to share. Be open to talking to other drivers that you meet. When you’re both out on the road, it’s great to speak to someone who understands the life of a truck driver like you do, and you may learn even more tips from experienced truckers.
Overall, the best advice I can give to inexperienced drivers is to have an open mind and be flexible. You never know who you might meet or what challenges you might encounter while on the road. Being open and ready for anything will help you to be successful in your career as a Schneider driver.
New drivers, what questions do you have? Seasoned drivers, do you have any advice for inexperienced drivers?