Reminders for First-Time Trailer Drivers

Posted: November 26, 2014 in Boats, Parts and Accessories, Shopping, Trailers, Vehicles
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The US market would literally halt if the trucking industry suddenly shuts down. This industry is responsible for distributing goods from ports and factories to the retail sector. Unfortunately, the US trucking industry is currently short of 35,000 drivers. To become a certified trucker, you have to understand how the business works and meet the qualification standards.

Qualification. As an aspiring driver, you have to secure a license first. All professional truck drivers in the US are required different types of licenses depending on certain gross vehicle weight ratings. You must also pass written knowledge exams and a three-part test that includes pre-trip trailer parts inspection, control test, and on-road driving exam. This step is necessary not only for legal reasons but also to realistically gauge your driving capabilities and limitations.

Details. On the road, you must be fully aware of safe driving practices. You have to carefully monitor the truck’s space cushion, forecast conditions related to weather, traffic, construction projects along the way, and curvy or slippery roads. You need to drive fast enough to deliver your goods on time while maintaining a safe pace.

Maintenance. You should treat your truck as a beloved pet. Caring for it means checking the condition of its tires, brake, fluids, lights, and mirrors daily. For maintenance, approach specialist firms for parts replacement and installment; such companies also offer quality electric trailer brakes, wiring, bolts, tires, seals, locks, bearings, and many other trailer parts and accessories at very affordable prices.

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