How To Become A More Productive Truck Driver In 7 Steps

  • Mar 22, 2018

We all want to love our job and be productive when we work. We all want a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment at the end of the day. And we all want to get ahead in our career of choice. This holds true, whether you spend your time behind a desk in an office, or behind the wheel of a big rig. Here are seven steps to becoming a more productive truck driver.

1. Find a good company to drive for.

The company you work for can make all the difference. Trucking companies like Combined Express, Inc. treat their drivers like family, which encourages their drivers to work their best.

Want to work for a company that you love? Combined Express is now hiring local and OTR drivers.

2. Make a one-year commitment to the new job.

Adjusting to a new job can be difficult. However, adjusting to a life on the road can take a lot more time to get use to than other new jobs. Give yourself time to get comfortable in your new position. Deciding to commit to one year will help you to adequately adjust to the schedule and learn the ropes.

3. Communicate properly with dispatch.

Trucking companies rely on communication between drivers and dispatch. When something goes wrong with a client or there is a freight issue, dispatch can help. However, if you’re not communicating in the good times with dispatch, it’s hard for them to help in the bad. They need to know how your deliveries and routes go, good or bad. Remember, dispatch is there to support you along the way, so keep the lines of communication open.

4. Consistently move freight.

Freight is the key to a successful company. Being able to consistently move freight can bring value to your work. With an anticipated shortage of truck drivers, new drivers that can help successfully move freight will be highly valued by trucking companies in order to help meet the needs of America’s economy.

5. Know the value of on-the-job training.

You might have earned your CDL license and listened to podcasts, but on-the-job training can be invaluable. Whether it’s handling low bridges or hauling long distance for the first time, learning along the way is not only important — it’s necessary. Being productive means learning as you work.

6. Understand that it takes time.

Second only to passion, time is important to being productive. It takes time to learn on-the-job and to adjust to new schedules. It takes time to move freight and find a great company to work for. Don’t underestimate the importance of putting the time into driving and developing your skills.

7. Love what you do.

Passion. You can’t pretend to have it. If you love what you do then you’re going to be productive, and many of the previous six steps will come naturally. It will be easy to love the company you work for, learn on-the-job, meet client freight needs, and give yourself time to adjust. As they say, if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.


Combined Express, Inc. and Delaware Valley Shippers, Inc. are the premier truckload, intermodal and LTL service providers across the United States, with more than 35 years of industry experience. Moving freight has never been easier or more cost-effective than with our custom transportation services! Our knowledgeable and experienced team of logistics professionals is always on call to assist you with any questions or concerns that might arise. We work closely with you to learn your unique freight needs and to customize a shipping solution that fits your budget and delivers your cargo on time.


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