Every New Year, people around the world set resolutions, reflect on the last 12 months, and decide what they want to change this time around. Was your 2023 different than you expected? Have you already made goals for 2024?  


When it comes to setting resolutions for your career, everyone’s goals are different. In an industry like trucking, each driver’s priorities and experiences affect what they’re hoping to accomplish. Still, there are many ways to set yourself up for success in the new year, whether you’re looking to improve your job applications, find exciting driver events, or stay on top of new industry trends.  


Keep reading to find out Drive My Way’s 2024 checklist for CDL drivers to save time and stress by getting ahead this New Year.  


Insurance Renewal and Keeping Information Up To Date 

Commercial truck insurance isn’t the most exciting thing to think about at the start of a new year, but it’s important to not get behind and cause yourself more stress later on. Most insurance coverage lasts for a year, with your actual renewal date based on the date you first got your policy.  


Be sure to contact your agent or carrier ahead of time, sometimes even up to two months before your renewal date, to assure your coverage doesn’t lapse. You should also keep in mind that rates can change, often increasing due to various factors, such as driving history, industry claims, or overall insurance rates.  


If your carrier provides a flexible spending account plan, it’s also important to be sure to submit all the required information to receive your reimbursements for the past year. You just need to submit a claim to the FSA administrator, which is done through your employer, with proof of the medical expenses and a statement that they haven’t been covered by your plan. After this, you’ll be able to be reimbursed for your costs.  


It’s also a good idea to use the new year as a time to make sure all your general information is up to date in your employer’s records. Be mindful of updating dependent and emergency contact information if there have been any changes. You never know when this could be necessary, and you don’t want your carrier to have out of date information if something serious happens.  


If your mailing address has changed, it’s also important to update your employer with the correct information to ensure that you receive your W2 or 1099 forms to complete your 2023 taxes. You’ll save time and hassle by having this information up to date before the start of tax season.  


Review Application Materials 

Whether or not you plan on applying for a new job in 2024, it’s beneficial to have all your application materials up to date and ready to go. Start by reviewing your resumé and add any updates or skills gained that may have taken place over the year.  


Nowadays, most hiring is digital. That makes LinkedIn an important platform to utilize and keep up to date. Make sure that your employment and driving history is correct and updated, and add any relevant information that could help your profile stand out to employers.  


You can also order ahead certain documents that will make the hiring process more streamlined, such as your PSP report.  


Health & Wellness Goals 

Many New Year’s resolutions often focus on health and wellbeing. This makes sense, as it’s a good time to assess how you feel and what changes you could implement into your routine to make yourself healthier and happier. For truck drivers, who often face health problems due to the sedentary nature of the career,  it can be a great idea to tie a New Year’s resolution into your daily routine as a driver.  


This year, it might help to set goals surrounding when and where you eat, and how active you are on a daily basis. It could save you time and money to start packing your own meals, or find affordable, energy-sustaining food at truck stops across the country. There are also many short workouts you can do from anywhere that will keep you moving and feeling better while you’re on the road for long stretches of time.  



Make 2024 your best year yet by getting ahead of the curve and preparing for the things you know you’ll have to do this year. It’s sure to be a busy year for the trucking industry, so you might even want to look at this year’s upcoming conferences and events and start planning.  


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