February 20th, 2015 | Phoenix Truck Driving Institute

Once you complete truck-driving school and earn your CDL, it is time to put your skills to use on the road. Use the following tips to drive safely as you embark on your new career:

Avoid Tailgating

A truck is a heavy vehicle that needs much more time to stop than a car. You should leave a safe amount of space between you and the vehicle in front of you to ensure that you are able to stop. Tailgating in a truck is very dangerous and might put you at risk for getting into an accident.

Signal Early

When you drive on the highway, it is important to pay attention to what everyone else is doing. You should also make the effort to let other people know what you are doing by turning on your signal early if you plan to switch lanes or turn. When you signal early, your fellow drivers can make the necessary adjustments to let you pass.

Be Aware of Your Blind Spots

When you drive a large truck, you will have a lot of blind spots. You should check your side mirrors once every 10 seconds and try to pay attention to the cars that pass you. Try to limit the amount of times that you change lanes so you can avoid trouble with these blind spots

Pull Over When Tired

Driver fatigue is responsible for too many accidents involving trucks. When you start working as a truck driver, it is imperative to pull over when you start to feel tired. Giving yourself the chance to rest can save your life and the lives of those around you.

Come to Phoenix Truck Driving Institute to learn all of the skills that you need to figure out how to drive a truck safely and efficiently. Our programs are designed to help you become the best driver that you can be. To learn more about the school or our application process, visit us online or call 1-877-205-5372.