Time Management On The Road
Employers are looking for truck drivers that can manage their time and prioritize their work. Good time management can bring with it reduced stress and a great feeling of accomplishment on the road. For that reason, here are a few things to help you get the most from each day on the job.
Checklists are king
A truck driver can create checklists for many aspects of daily driving. Truck maintenance progress, tools and equipment logs, loading and unloading issues, and more can help efficiency and improve time management. Much like a log, these checklists will keep you organized and ready to move more quickly.
Efficient truck drivers manage time by monitoring delivery schedules. Use your fleet control solutions to know when loads are available and ready to move.
The best management of one’s time is to plan ahead for traffic, parking, and potential physical road blocks on the road. Truckers can spend a great deal of time reassessing parking and delivery from the road, but a little bit of legwork can help you know what’s coming. Map out routes and plan ahead for convenient parking and you’ll save precious time.
Plan for rest
Your rest should be a priority. Plan ahead for maximizing your restful periods. You have to follow federal regulations, but it’s not that easy. You need to be sure you’ve located a parking site early, so you can avoid a last-minute search. That will allow you to plan accordingly for sleep, exercise, healthy meals and more. You’ll be refreshed if you plan for a schedule and stick to it.
As the saying goes, “work smarter, not harder”. The life of a truck driver is full of schedules, lists, and logs, but you can use them to your advantage and beat the clock.