First time owner operators
Important information you need to knowClick here
May. 02, 2019
Aside from good communication between driver and dispatcher, drivers must truly have a good understanding of the hours of service and their own available hours along with understanding their own driving habits. Trip planning is an essential responsibility of a driver. OTR drivers must be able to estimate, calculate and more importantly execute the trip plan in order to be efficient. A proper understanding increases the driver’s profitability. Poor trip planning can increase a driver’s stress, frustration and may lead to unsafe behaviors because they feel rushed all the time. Drivers who are good at trip planning know when to say no and then can relay to their dispatchers what they can complete in a smooth safe trip. This will help dispatchers find loads more effectively and keep drivers happy and safe.
There are plenty of tools out there on the internet for those who are not as capable of planning their dispatched loads (ex. Trucker Path Trip planning). However, if you can utilize just a few of the following suggestions you will increase your efficiency and profitability.
Drivers will always be responsible for knowing their own hours and making sure they arrive on time at the shipper and receiver. Good driving habits and trip planning practices will always keep drivers legal and profitable.