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Loading Tips

Truck Loading Tips

Loading is generally the largest challenge you will face during the move. The two most important things to remember are filling and weight distribution. Professionals pack by rows, bottom to top, and then front to back. Pack tightly from floor to ceiling and then from left to right.

  1. Start by loading heavier furniture and appliances at the front of the truck (the end near the cab).
  2. Load dressers, chests, and desks with drawers facing the truck sides. This keeps them from opening. Wrap sofas in plastic and stand them on end to reduce the space used.
  3. Place heavy boxes on the bottom. Boxes of about the same size, strength, and weight can be stacked. Load lighter items on top of heavier boxes as you go up.
  4. Load items as tightly as possible to prevent shifting, rubbing, or puncturing during moving. Fill the spaces between items to prevent movement. Loose cushions, pillows, and blankets placed in plastic bags are great fillers.
  5. Keep the rows as even as possible, filling space side to side and bottom to top. As each row is built try not to use odd pieces that stick out and disrupt the balance.
  6. Tie strong rope around the furniture from one side of the truck to the other. Do this approximately every quarter of the truck’s capacity.
  7. Repeat the procedure from front to back filling every nook and cranny. Tie the last row securely in place. Some shifting and settling is inevitable.
  8. Place mattresses, box springs, bed rails, and other long flat items along the sides of the truck.
  9. The goal is to secure everything as well as possible. Load pictures and mirrors along the truck sides to prevent breakage. If possible pack them between mattresses and the box springs.
  10. Some trucks have a special section for fragile items. Pack fragile items such as electronics in the overhead space above the cab.


Driving Tips

1) You must begin braking sooner, particularly when you have a load.

2) You make wider right turns. For a two-axle 20′ truck, you should begin your turn once a little more than 1/2 of your vehicle has passed the radius point of your turn (this will keep you from clipping curbs).

3) You won’t accelerate that fast, so pull into faster lanes of traffic with caution.

4) You will have a more difficult time maintaining acceleration on ascending grades and a more difficult time slowing down on descending.

5) Know the height of your truck.
6) Your truck is probably wider than the cab meaning you have to drive more in the center of the lane.

7) Make sure you adjust all your mirrors before you begin driving.

8) Make sure your load is properly placed and secured.

9) When backing into a space, take your time. You need to be about half the length of your truck away from any barriers that you have to navigate between. Begin making your turn into the space immediately at the point where you want to tires to rest when you are parked (i.e. with enough room to open both cab doors). You generally have to cut the wheel pretty hard if you have barriers on each side of you. Practice once or twice in an empty parking lot if you can, you’ll feel better about doing it when the stakes ae higher.

Trucking Tips

Tips For Trucking Beginners

Truck drivers are an essential part of the shipping industry, transporting goods and raw materials to retail locations, distribution centers, warehouses, and front doors. Becoming a truck driver offers access to a steady source of income and freedom for those who enjoy being on the open road. Drivers have a responsibility to the company they work for, pedestrians, and other drivers on the road to drive in a responsible manner. For new drivers just breaking into the industry, there is a lot to learn in order to be a proficient driver and find steady work.

Trucking School Tips

  • Check with local trucking companies before choosing a trucking school to ensure the education offered is thorough enough to meet their standards.
  • Truck driving schools with accreditation by the United States Department of Transportation offer scholarships, grants, and loans that can help truck drivers offset the cost of education.
  • Ask questions to determine the quality of education a school offers. One on one training programs, small class sizes, behind the wheel training, job placement assistance, and access to late model equipment will assist with becoming a proficient driver.

Tips for Finding Jobs

  • Consider getting truck driving education from a big company which has its own school. After graduation, new drivers have guaranteed employment.
  • Self employed truck drivers are more vulnerable to economic downturns. Taking accounting and business classes will be helpful to making the business a success.
  • Recruiters, placement agencies and job boards can help new truckers find career opportunities. Online job boards allow truckers to search opportunities by state or certification.

Fuel Saving Tips

  • Speeding not only increases the risk of getting into an accident, it also increases aerodynamic drag and uses more fuel. Maintain a consistent speed, use cruise control when appropriate, and avoid quick accelerations.
  • Pay attention to how cargo is loaded. The higher the height of the load, the more drag placed on the truck and the more energy it consumes.
  • Idling is a big fuel waster. Plan your route to avoid traffic congestion and drive the truck to warm it up. Idle reduction facilities are also available at many public truck stops.

Safety Tips

  • The higher vantage point of a truck allows truck drivers to keep an eye out for aggressive drivers on the road and avoid them.
  • Maintain a respectable distance from vehicles in front of you, larger trucks need more time to stop. Keep an eye out for vehicles which may pull in front of trucks then suddenly slow down or break.
  • Before heading out on the road pre-inspect the vehicles: breaks, windshield wipers, horn, mirrors, tires, reflectors, oil levels, fuel levels, and that cargo is secured. If any problems are noticed, they should be reported to dispatch and handled before getting on the road.

Accident Preparedness Tips

  • Highway construction zones are a major area of concern for truck drivers. Slow down when entering a work zone, adjust mirrors, allow plenty of room to maneuver, and stay alerted to your trucks blind spots.
  • Always wear a seat belt. If an accident does occur, a seat belt will keep you from being ejected from the seat and help maintain control of the truck.
  • Join the local state trucking association to stay up to date on state and federal regulations and gain valuable contacts for jobs and assistance.

Miscellaneous Trucking Tips

  • Maintain good physical health is part of being a part of a truck driver’s job. Regular exercise and adequate sleep will help drivers avoid fatigue when driving long stretches of empty highway and loading and unloading cargo.
  • Avoiding use of alcohol and controlled substances will help drivers maintain clean driving records to keep their license. It will also help truckers pass random drug and alcohol tests conducted by their trucking company.
  • A long and successful truck driving career is dependent on a new driver’s work ethic. Keep an excellent driving record, increase communication skills, maintain a professional image and arrive with cargo on time.