When you train to become a truck driver there are a number of skills you’ll learn that can be transferred to everyday life. Using a GPS unit effectively is one, and learning how to spot the best road stops is another. One skill that is handy for almost everyone is that of the trucker’s knot. Talk to a hundred different truckers and you’ll most likely get twenty variations on this knot, however, they all use the same basic principle – using a knot as a fulcrum to hold a load as tightly as possible.
In everyday life, it’s handy for tying down a tarpaulin, tying a load on a trailer, or just tying a line across the yard to hang laundry from. The knot has complex forms and simple forms; the following video is of one of the more simpler versions of a trucker’s knot. There is a slightly more complex way of doing the knot, however, I think this video shows the power of the knot and how quickly it can be put in use.
There is more to learning to drive a truck than just the skills you need behind the wheel. Knowing how to quickly and easily cover a load with a tarpaulin, how to tie trucker’s knots, and even how to change a tire out on a busy highway are all important skills. You may think that changing a tire is easy, and it is really, however, safety issues make the task a little more complicated, and longer than normal.
If you want to become a truck driver, be sure to find a truck driving school that will teach you everything you need to know to actually work as a truck driver. There is more to driving a truck than driving skills, and if you want a lasting career as a truck driver, then you need to learn those extra skills.