How to Succeed as a Rookie Truck Driver

By MTS Staff

Becoming a trucker driver can be a rewarding and fulfilling career. Not only do you get to travel the country and become an important part of the national economy, you can also make a decent living at it. Trucking, however, is not for the faint. It requires long hours on the road away from your family and the ability to adhere to strict regulatory policies. In our previous post, How Do I Know a Career in Truck Driving is For Me, we cover a lot of the pros and cons of a career in trucking.

how a rookie can succeed as a truck driver

In today's post, we are going to give some tips on succeeding as a rookie truck driver.

Follow the Rules

Rules and regulations are the staple of the trucking industry. Why? Because they help protect you and the general public. However, even when a rookie truck driver follows the rules, he or she can get fatigued on the road. No matter how hard it is, take care of yourself and pull over for a short break when you start to become fatigued. According to a recent New York Times post, drowsy driving is leading cause of crashes and highway fatalities. The article went on to quote Mr. McLuckie, director of the department of federal legislation at the Teamsters union.

“Congestion on the highways is greater than ever, there are more vehicles on the road than ever before, and drivers have to be more attentive than ever,” Mr. McLuckie said. “Fatigue is even more of a concern now than it has been, and drivers need to get proper rest to do the job that they do.”

Needless to say, even as rules and regulations change, rookies need to make sure to stay updated and be sure to follow them.

Make Healthy Choices

One of the easiest ways to stay alert on the road is by taking care yourself. Limit the junk, sweets, soft drinks and fast food, and try to get exercise. Study after study shows that junk food leads to memory loss, causes anxiety, causes fatigue and can lead to depression. Now, we understand that limiting the unhealthy truck stop food may be easier said than done, so here are our tips to help you make healthier choices:

  • Pick up a "green juice" and drink it before you reach for any other type of food.
  • Pack your cooler with fresh fruit, cut veggies (such as bagged carrots) and high protein items (such as rotisserie chicken).
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Add in as much exercise as you can; pack a stowaway bike or running shoes; pack and use weights; download the 7-minute workout app.

Keep Your Mind Busy

The hardest thing about being on the road is all those hours of solitude and hours upon hours of driving monotony. If you're not keeping your mind busy, it can become easy to start thinking too much - not that thinking is a bad thing! - but, some truckers have admitted to dwell on issues, and that causes distracted driving. Keep your mind entertained (and maybe learn a few new things!). Here are some ideas of what you can listen to:

  • Audio Books
  • Language CD's
  • New Music

Take Pride in Your Rig

A clean professional looking vehicle can make a huge difference. Having it detailed with chome and lights means you are successful.

We recently spoke to a driver that had an older Freightliner, which was very clean, but rather plain. The driver invested in a used Peterbilt, and upgraded it with new chrome pipes, new lights and really took the time to make it look good. He was the envy of his peers. Rolling up in a nice truck is a status symbol of success. Also, it promotes your brand to the public.

When a truck is clean and bright, their customers notice. They are more willing to load their product quicker, with less inspections.  Trucks that are dirty with trailer defects will raise red flags and could cause delays at loading docks, delays cost money. A cleaner vehicle will keep help keep them loaded and rolling.

What are your tips for helping rookie truck drivers succeed? We'd love to hear them! 

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Explorando Chrome

Por MTS Personal

Transporte por carretera es más que una profesión, es un estilo de vida. Y, camiones - Macks, Peterbilts y Kenworths - han trascendido mucho de ser simples medios de transporte. Es una cultura que produce sus propios adornos y personalización. Hay una libertad de expresión cuando los camioneros personalizar sus equipos y un poder detrás de los metálicos y cromados de un camión muy querido.

El cromado  (con menos frecuencia  de la galjanoplastia de cromo ), a menudo conocido simplemente como  el cromo , es una técnica de  la galvanoplastia  una fina capa de  cromo  sobre una  de metal  o  de plástico  objeto. La capa de cromado puede ser decorativo, proporcionar  la corrosión  resistencia, facilitar los procedimientos de limpieza, o aumentar la dureza de la superficie. A veces, un imitador menos costoso de cromo puede ser usada para fines estéticos. 

Antes de la aplicación de cromo en la década de 1920,  la galvanoplastia de níquel  se utilizó. En el corto campaña de producción antes de la entrada de EE.UU. en la  Segunda Guerra Mundial , el gobierno prohibió la galjanoplastia para salvar el cromo y los fabricantes de automóviles pintado las piezas decorativas en un color complementario. En los últimos años de la  Guerra de Corea , los EE.UU. contempla la prohibición de cromo en favor de varios procesos más baratos (como chapado con zinc y luego el recubrimiento con plástico brillante). (Fuente: Wikipedia ). 

En realidad, hay tres procesos de recubrimiento de cromo (Fuente: Nacional metálicas Resource Center ):

  1. De cromo duro que se refiere al proceso de electrodeposición de una capa de espesor (0,2 milésimas de pulgada a 30 milésimas de pulgada) o más de cromo. Este tipo de proceso se ve típicamente en partes más pequeñas, tales como varillas y cilindros, amortiguadores, etc
  2. Decorativo Chrome es cuando una capa más delgada de cromo se deposita sobre níquel o cobre más níquel. Verá esta meta en los parachoques, aparatos de cocina, piezas de camiones.
  3. Negro Cromo utiliza un recubrimiento negro en lugar de la plata tradicional y se utiliza comúnmente en aplicaciones de energía solar.

Los camioneros han sido embellecer sus equipos con cromo decorativo durante décadas.

He aquí unos Vintage Big Rigs que encontramos en la Junta Pinterest Classics


Vintage Collage Big Rig

Y, nos encanta cómo algunos camioneros engañar a sus equipos modernos con una gran cantidad de cromo. Aquí están algunos que encontramos en línea ...

Engañado Out Camiones Collage

Pero, sobre todo, nos encanta lo que nuestros clientes hacen con cromo. Éstos son algunos de los nuestros ....

MTS Chrome Collage

La belleza de cromo es de nunca acabar. Ya se trate de Chrome Hub Caps , barras de luces / Flap Perchas o birlos . Nos encantaría ayudarle a personalizar, accessorize, y temible-ize tu equipo!

Póngase en contacto con nosotros hoy .


Exploring Chrome

By MTS Staff

Trucking is more than a profession, it's a lifestyle. And, trucks - Macks, Peterbilts and Kenworths - have long transcended being mere modes of transport. It's a culture that elicits its own embellishments and personalization. There is a freedom of expression when truckers customize their rigs and a power behind the metallics and chrome of a well-loved truck.

Chrome plating (less commonly chromium plating), often referred to simply as chrome, is a technique of electroplating a thin layer of chromium onto a metal or plastic object. The chromed layer can be decorative, provide corrosion resistance, ease cleaning procedures, or increase surface hardness. Sometimes a less expensive imitator of chrome may be used for aesthetic purposes. 

Prior to the application of chrome in the 1920s, nickel electroplating was used. In the short production run prior to the US entry into the Second World War, the government banned plating to save chromium and automobile manufacturers painted the decorative pieces in a complementary color. In the last years of the Korean War, the US contemplated banning chrome in favor of several cheaper processes (such as plating with zinc and then coating with shiny plastic). (Source: Wikipedia). 

There are actually three plating processes for Chrome (Source: National Metal Finishing Resource Center):

  1. Hard Chrome which refers to the process of electrodepositing a thick layer (0.2 mils to 30 mils or more) of chromium. This type of process is typically seen in smaller parts such as rods and cylinders, shock absorbers, etc.
  2. Decorative Chrome is when a thinner layer of chrome is deposited over nickel or copper plus nickel. You'll see this finish on bumpers, kitchen appliances, truck parts.
  3. Black Chromium uses a black coating rather than the traditional silver and is commonly used in solar applications.

Truckers have been embellishing their rigs with decorative chrome for decades.

Here are a few Vintage Big Rigs we found on the Classics Pinterest Board


Vintage Big Rig Collage

And, we love how some Truckers TRICK out their modern rigs with lots chrome. Here are a few we found online...

Tricked Out Trucks Collage

But, most of all we love what OUR customers do with chrome. Here are a few of ours ....

MTS Chrome Collage

The beauty of chrome is never-ending. Whether its Chrome Hub Caps, Light Bars/Flap Hangers, or Lug Nuts. We'd love to help you personalize, accessorize, and awesome-ize YOUR rig!

Contact us today.


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