3 Things Truckers Learn Only by Experience
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3 Things Truckers Learn Only by Experience CDL trainingteach the new trucker a lot of valuable things. Training brings drivers up to speed on the law, teaches can them the basic skills they need to drive trucks, and generally prepares them for the early stages of their new careers.

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Published 17 May 2016
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3 Things Truckers Learn Only by Experience CDL trainingteach the new trucker a lot of valuable things. Training brings drivers up to speed on the law, teaches can them the basic skills they need to drive trucks, and generally prepares them for the early stages of their new careers. But there are some things that truckers only learn through experience. These are the things that separate the men from the boys, so to speak. Trucking is no different from any other job in that there is plenty of on-the-job learning that comes with the territory. The longer a trucker sits behind the wheel of a big rig, the more he or she learns about the intricacies of the profession. And with learning comes greater efficiency and bigger paychecks.
Here are three of the most important things truckers learn by experience: 1. How to Plan RoutesRoute planning is essential to truck driving for two reasons. Both are entrenched in the reality that the trucker being paid by the mile is not making any money when his/her wheels are stationary. Earning a paycheck is a matter of keeping the truck moving for as many hours as possible on any given day. With that said, the first reason for effective planning is directly related to traffic. Any driver with experience knows enough to avoid traveling through downtown St. Louis at rush hour, for example. He/she would plan his/her route in such a way as to travel through the city in the middle of the night or, at the very least, at midmorning when traffic congestion is minimal. The second reason is one of meeting schedules. Drivers must, at minimum, arrive with loads on time. If they can arrive early, they keep customers happy and increase their own paychecks by having more time to take more loads.
2. When and Where to StopNew drivers learnduring CDL trainingthat they are limited in the total number of hours they are allowed to drive every day. That seems simple enough. You drive the allowed number of hours before parking for the night at a truck stop or roadside plaza. Unfortunately, things are not so easy. There are a limited number of parking spaces no matter where in the country a driver goes. Drivers learn through experience where they can find available parking spaces; they also learn what time they need to start looking if they expect to find a space. When and where to stop has no hard and fast rules because conditions are different depending on the time of year and geographic location. 3. Loading and Unloading SchedulesLastly, truck drivers quickly learn that shippers are not all that interested in driver schedules. They schedule loading and unloading according to what is best for them, regardless of how it impacts driving hours, traffic, or anything else. Yet the experienced driver knows how to work with shippers to get more attractive schedules. For example, the experienced driver who can convince the shipper to give him/her the earliest possible load time could potentially take an entire day off his or her trip, making it possible to get the next load sooner. Saving time at loading and unloading makes the driver more efficient and financially productive. CDL training can teach drivers a lot of things. Still, there are some things that are only learned through experience. Here atC.R. England, our drivers learn while working for one of the most reputable carriers in the country. We value our drivers as an integral part of our business, believing that treating them right means we all succeed.