Truck driving appeals to many people because of the freedom and working alone aspect. Drivers typically spend most of their working hours alone except for when it comes time to load or unload the freight. Loading docks play a big part in a driver’s job. Every truck driver wants their time at the loading dock to go as smoothly as possible. To make that happen, follow these 5 loading dock tips below.
Good communication is something you should practice in every part of your life, especially at the loading dock. Before arriving at the loading dock, you should communicate if you are running late or communicate any type of information that will be valuable upon your arrival. When you arrive, be patient and polite. Being polite makes it a pleasant experience for everyone. Also, allow the workers at the loading dock to show you the ropes. Every loading dock is different, and each has its way of doing things. Make sure to listen, that way things get done properly.
Be Organized and Prepared
Before arriving at the loading, dock you want to make sure that all of your paperwork is organized and easily accessible. Being well organized makes things go a lot smoother, and it makes you and the company that you are representing look professional.
Also, you want to prepare yourself before arriving at the loading dock, especially if you haven’t been there before. If you can, talk to other drivers that have been at the loading dock before. They may be able to offer you valuable information that can save you time and trouble.
Follow the Rules
Following the rules may be the single most important piece of advice when arriving at a loading dock. We know that the rules may not always make the most sense, but they are put in place for a reason. It is much easier to follow the loading dock’s rules than to argue and possibly lose your job over them.
We know how frustrating it can be when you arrive at a loading dock, and you are the only one that is prepared. Our best advice in that circumstance is to just be patient. The more patient you are, the quicker you can get back on the road.
For your safety and everyone else’s safety, make sure to stay alert. There is a lot of activity going on at loading docks, and accidents tend to happen when you’re not paying attention. Be aware of what is going on around you and follow the signs. Being alert and paying attention can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.
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