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Chances are, as a trucker, you try to make the most out of your time so you can have more time to spend with your loved ones. Sometimes it seems like a full-time job on its own just to find that perfect balance of being on the road and staying at home without hurting your paycheck. So you may ask yourself, “what can I do to manage my time more effectively?” Lucky for you, we have several tips to help you make the most of your time.

Invest in a GPS

Gone are the days when you need to use a map to get everywhere and roughly estimate your ETA. Now, GPS tracking systems make it easy for you to get to your destination with the time of arrival there for you through your whole drive. They will show you how to get where you need to go without getting lost. You can even maximize your time by taking advantage of using the shortest route.

Keep track of your delivery schedules

If you are able to keep track of the delivery schedules, you’ll also be able to reduce the amount of waiting time you have while you’re out on the road. Fortunately, there are solutions to help you find the right location compared to the available load. Also, consider the timing of your trip. Account for certain factors, like bad weather or traffic, that could delay your trip. Leave yourself plenty of time between stops.

Communicate effectively

Communicate with others in your company. It’s not just your time you should be managing, but other people you communicate with in your company. If your company has a planner to help coordinate your job, ask him/her for data and logistics.

Be productive when you are broke down

Breakdowns are part of the job, and no driver enjoys the time when their equipment needs repaired. You will need to get your delivery back up on the road as soon as possible, and may need to drive another truck to make your delivery on time. While this is not an ideal situation, do what needs to be done to get on the road again.

Plan for rest time

There is no doubt you will do your best work when you are not exhausted, so plan for rest time. There are also federal regulations concerning your hours of service so you must comply with those rules. Maximize your rest time by getting to a safe and legal parking spot before most truckers arrive and leave earlier to get a good jump start on the new day; this will also mean less traffic for you to deal with!). Plan around high traffic times and make the most of not only your driving time, but also your resting time.

Consider these tips for more time with your loved ones and more time to do things you love to do. It’s also smart to have a plan for when you are at home so you can make the most of your home time while you’re there. Effective time management means making the most out of your time on the road so you can have more time for the things and people you love spending that time with.