Adults often find it difficult to undertake training for a new career. Perhaps it’s the independence they have developed, or it could be the ‘school’ feel of classroom-based lessons, adults often struggle to handle the concept of training. Here are a few tips that may help you get the most out of your truck driver training.
- First, you’re not alone. You have others around you who are most likely feeling out of place initially as well. If you have selected a good truck driver training school, you’ll have good instructors who also understand your initial discomfort.
- Relax. It doesn’t take long to break the ice and get into the swing of new training. There’s a lot to do so you’ll soon put aside any nerves or discomfort. If you can relax to begin with, you’ll find the rest comes a lot easier.
- Make notes. Making notes helps you to review your day’s training – this is often best done in the evening on the same day while it’s still reasonably fresh.
- Ask questions. If you don’t know, you’re probably not the only one, so feel free to ask questions whenever necessary.
- Forget your car driving habits. A truck does not drive or handle like a car. As the driver, you’re much higher up and will get a very different view of the road, so forget your car driving habits and learn to feel the road and your truck.
Truck driver training has two components – in the classroom and behind the wheel. Our final piece of advice, don’t treat the classroom-based training too lightly. There is more to driving a truck than changing gears, put your foot on the accelerator and turning the steering wheel. Truck driving is a profession that has responsibilities; for example, maintaining a log book correctly, and that’s part of the classroom training program.
They may look like obvious tips, however, you’ll be surprised how many people forget them once they start training. Follow those tips and you’ll find your training easy, enjoyable, and most importantly, you’ll build those necessary skills to become a good truck driver.