Getting into the hotshot trucking business sounds easy enough, right? You are basically hauling a load from one destination to the next in a safe and timely manner. The driving is not all that simple, but here are six tips for new hotshot truckers.
1.) Always Be Aware of Your Trailer
If your trailer is bobbing all over the road or drifting into other lanes, it is not suitable for driving. That trailer acts as a weapon that could get you and other commuters on the road seriously injured.
When you notice something is wrong with your trailer like frame flex or frame fatigue, have that trailer fixed as soon as possible.
2.) Give Your Truck and Trailer an Inspection Before Hitting the Road
By giving your equipment a good inspection, you should have no surprises out on the road. Inspect dates, markings, lights, tags, tires, fifth wheel, and pins. Make sure everything is safe and as it should be before hitting the road.
If something is illegal or not Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant, you will from inspection. This way it will save you money and time and possibly an encounter with a DOT officer.
3.) Pay Close Attention
To be truthful, you can never make assumptions about what other drivers who share the road with you. You may think they will stay in the lane next to you, but before you know it, they are zipping over in front of you. It is best to pay attention to who is in front of you, beside you, and behind you at all times.
Paying close attention to road signs is always a great idea too. This way you will know when you need to make the right exit or stop for fuel.
4.) Never Be Afraid to Ask For Help
There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you are starting out. Every expert trucker was once a rookie. Ask around to find answers to what you need help with.
5.) Buckle Up
You think this would be common sense, but a lot of truckers do not wear a seatbelt. Seatbelts were made for a reason. In the event of an accident, they can help save your life. Always wear one!
6.) Drive the Speed Limit
To ensure the safety of yourself and those around you, drive the speed limit posted on the road sign. Trucks are large vehicles so they will travel at a lower speed than commuters.
Following the speed limit will also keep you from getting a speeding violation, and it will save you frustration, time, and money.
Let us know of any tips you think new hotshot truckers can benefit from.