Just like driving in real life, there are rules on the road that you have to follow:
To keep yourself from breaking the speeding rule above, one great thing to do is use the "cruise control" feature. Get your truck up to a speed close to the limit (I usually give myself 5 points variance, so if the speeding limit is 65, I'll get up to 60), then press the "C" button to go into cruise control. The game will keep your truck running for you (without you having to hold down the up button) at that same speed until you break. This is great for those long stretches of highway or long-haul drives; one less button to hold down, and you can focus more on switching lanes, if necessary.
Parking can be a bit hard for newbies, especially if you have a big trailer hooked to your truck. When you park when doing a delivery, you'll have three options: Skilled Parking, in which you'll have to back up into the space, Safe Parking in which you can drive straight into the space, and the third, in which you skip parking altogether. While I don't recommend skipping the parking (as you won't be granted any XP points), I do recommend doing the Safe option, at least when you're first starting. You still get XP points for parking and it's heaps easier than trying to back up your trailer. Just take it slow and steady and as soon as you get the notification to lower your legs, hit the T button. Most of the time, you don't even have to get the trailer completely straight.
You've probably noticed the sleep and gas icons on your navigation menu, but when you're doing quick jobs, you don't really need to worry about either one. Quick jobs are designed to be done in a short amount of time, so you should have enough rest and gas to complete them without stopping, unless you've gotten lost or had an accident on the way.
You can check how much time you have before needing to sleep by checking in your navigation menu. Press F6 and look at the "next rest stop in..." to find out how much time you have remaining until you need to sleep. Typically, you have 13 hours at the start of each job (if doing a Quick Job). When you've got your own truck and are doing your own jobs, make sure you do sleep either during your job, or between jobs. To sleep, look for the bed icon on the map (usually situated in gas stations, sometimes hotels, parking lots, etc.) drive into the parking space, press E to turn off your engine and then press Enter to sleep.
Because there are so many different types of jobs available to drivers, remaining flexible is extremely important. If you hold a variety of endorsements and are able to operate a variety of equipment, your opportunities open up immensely. Being open to driving flatbeds, moving furniture, hauling heavy equipment, or carrying passengers allows you to access some niche driving careers that many CDL holders end up missing out on. While these types of jobs require some additional experience, they also often pay more than standard jobs.
This applies to virtually every career, but fostering healthy communication can make a world of difference in your career as a commercial truck driver. Make sure you establish good relationships with your dispatchers and your trucking company and ensure that you keep communication open. This business relies heavily on coordination in order to keep everything flowing smoothly, so make sure you don’t neglect communication, or you’ll essentially be driving blind.
You'll gain experience points for completing jobs on time or early, for having your truck and trailer intact, and parking. As you gain XP, you'll level up, and also gain points which can be used to unlock special skills, which further allow you to make more money per job and gain more XP. There are six skills you can unlock in the game:
Going hand in hand with communication, timeliness is extremely important as a truck driver. There are many moving parts involved in getting freight where it needs to go, so being on time makes a huge difference. Many customers rely on truckers’ pickups and deliveries to keep their businesses moving, and keeping these customers happy is top priority. Sometimes being late can’t be avoided, which is where communication becomes important once again. Do your best to stay on schedule, and communicate with your dispatcher if things do come up.
Check out your GPS while driving- if you're in an area you've never been before, you'll see all the roads are grey, but as you drive down them ("discover" them), they'll turn yellow. You can see the same roads on the menu map. This is a great tip for completionists who want to reach 100% coverage in the game!