Truck driving may seem lucrative — like living the dream.

However, just like most professions out there, there are standards to follow. Truck driving has its do’s and don’ts that truck drivers should keep in mind at all times. Failure to comply with these standards won’t only jeopardize your career but also harm your life and others as well.

Based on our research, here are four things that professional drivers should never do:

1. Driving When Tired or Sleepy

We all know that we can’t fight nature. When the body is tired, it’s tired. Even if we try to fight fatigue by gulping down liters of energy drinks or strong coffee, it’s still ineffective. When your body is tired and fatigued, it will shut down and sleep. Professional truck drivers should never force themselves to drive when they are tired or sleepy. We instinctively know that several things can go wrong when driving while sleepy or tired. Some of these things are as follows:

  • You have a dramatically shorter attention span
  • Your speed and capacity to absorb mental information is severely diminished
  • Your reaction time is much slower

All the above can lead to serious accidents on the road. So never drive when you’re sleepy or tired. Stop and sleep if necessary and continue driving when you feel you’ve already achieved the sleep or rest your body needs.

2. Texting While Driving

This is a no-brainer. No professional truck driver should text while driving behind the wheel. Texting while driving can interrupt your concentration and this can lead to several dangerous accidents on the road. A truck driver should always be vigilant on the road in all circumstances.

3. Driving Too Fast Downhill or in Certain Road Conditions

Truck driving can be challenging at times, especially for newbies and even experienced drivers as well. Driving a big rig can be tricky especially downhill and during winter seasons. It’s never advisable for drivers to speed up when driving downhill or under certain road conditions like during winter as the roads are slippery. Doing so can mean a major wreck and endangering lives.

Slow down when driving downhill or in certain road conditions, especially if you’re not familiar with the roads yet. There’s no need to drive fast. It’s always better to be slow but safe.

4. Letting Your Reefer Run Out of Fuel

Professional truck drivers should always check their reefers periodically. Failure to do so will bring delays and cause too much inconvenience. Always be responsible and make sure that your reefers don’t run out of fuel.

The Bottom Line

It’s not enough to get your license or know the rules of the road, or even your company’s expectations. To become a truly professional truck driver, you also must follow these “never, ever do” rules as they could save your life.

So while we all want to be on time, we should never compromise with safety. Everything else can wait, including that text message. If you are just too tired to drive, you should always pull over and get some rest.