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Trucking At Night Versus During The Day - What Should Your Strategy Be?

by Brett Aquila

Some prefer driving at night, others during the day. So what's the most effective strategy for truck drivers? Check this out.

When Is The Right Time To Become An Owner Operator Or Lease A Truck? Never.

by Old School

At TruckingTruth we recommend against becoming an owner operator or leasing a truck. The risks are high and the rewards are few, if any. Here's our thinking on the matter.

How To Get Yourself Dispatched 5,000 Miles In One Week

by Old School

Getting as many miles as you can handle as a truck driver means learning how to manage your clock and take initiative.

What Happens If I Fail A DOT Drug Or Alcohol Test?

by Patrick Netzel

What do you have to do when you fail or refuse a DOT drug test? Here is the return-to-duty process explained simply.

Two Types Of Tractor-Trailer Jackknives, And How To Deal With Them

by Brett Aquila

How do jackknives happen, and what should you do? How can truck drivers avoid locking their wheels and jackknifing on slippery roads?

Dealing With Homesickness, And Staying Focused On Being A Succesful Truck Driver

by Old School

How do truck drivers deal with homesickness? Advice for truck drivers on coping with being away from friends and family on the road.

One Critical Piece To The Puzzle Of Success In Trucking

by Old School

Being successful in trucking takes a good understanding of how the industry works. Here is one critical piece of that puzzle.

What Are The Best Types Of Freight For A Rookie To Haul?

by Brett Aquila

What are the best types of freight for rookies to haul? Which should be avoided? Which pay the best? We'll cover it all right here.

CDL Training During The Winter: Good Idea Or Impending Doom?

by Brett Aquila

Learning to drive a truck in the snow can be scary, especially if you have no experience in snow. But CDL training in the winter isn't a bad idea. Here's why.

Is Trucking Worth It Anymore?

by Brett Aquila

The risk, pressure, and sacrifices involved make trucking a tough job but the perks that come along with it are remarkable. Is trucking worth it anymore?

A Story About The Highs And Lows Of Life On The Road

by Brett Aquila

Here's one trucker's story about living the highest of highs one day and the lowest of lows the next. Life on the road is a roller coaster ride.

12 Tips To Help Drivers Stay Awake Longer

by Brett Aquila

Staying awake and alert for long periods of time is critical if you want to be a safe, productive driver. Here are some tips for staying awake longer.

High Blood Pressure And Its Effect On Your Driving Career

by Patrick Netzel

There are many drivers out there today that have issues keeping their blood pressure under control. We'll cover the DOT regulations here.

Your Mirrors May Hold The Key To Predicting The Future

by Brett Aquila

Watching your mirrors is almost as important as watching out the windshield. If you're watching closely you will almost never be caught off guard.

Leasing A Truck: Do The Rewards Justify The Risks?

by Brett Aquila

Trucking companies often make owning or leasing a truck sound like a sure path to riches. But a closer look reveals it isn't nearly that simple.

Bureaucracy And Unfair Expectations Plague Today's Truck Drivers

by Becky Prestwich

The trucking industry has an avalanche of rules and regulations, stereotypes and expectations for truck drivers to deal with. Here's the reality we face.

How Do I Know If Truck Driving Is For Me?

by Brett Aquila

We've all pondered becoming a truck driver at some point in our lives. But what is it really like? Would it suit me? Here's a great introduction to truck driving.

Living And Working Together On The Road

by Becky Prestwich

After a month of travelling with my husband who is an OTR trucker we're learning to live and work well together. Life on the road takes some getting used to.

Over The Road Challenges

by Becky Prestwich

Truckers face a litany of challenges on the road every day and new drivers often learn about them the hard way. Here's a few of the big ones you'll see.

Items To Pack And Other Considerations For Husband And Wife Teams

by Becky Prestwich

If you're considering the idea of trucking as a husband and wife team there are a lot of things to consider regarding items to pack and everyday living.

You Won't Get Anywhere In Trucking If You Can't Get Along With Your Support Personnel

by Brett Aquila

At TruckingTruth we're always telling you that you control your own destiny in trucking. Well a big part of that is getting the right people on your side.

Private Schooling Versus Company-Sponsored: The Basic Differences

by Brett Aquila

Company-sponsored CDL training versus private CDL training is one of the first big career decisions you'll make. Here's a quick rundown of the differences.

The Backing Range At Trucking Driving School - It's Like Clown Soup For The Soul

by Brett Aquila

Learning to back up a rig is clumsy at best. Nothing about it is easy. Having fun with it helps make learning easier, but prepare to embarrass yourself!

The Story Of Why So Many Rookie Drivers Fail And How To Avoid It

by Brett Aquila

I've watched countless truck driving careers ruined before they ever got off the ground. Here's the story of how it happens and what you can do to avoid it.

The Biggest Mistake New Drivers Make When Speaking With Recruiters

by Brett Aquila

Recruiters in the trucking industry are a valuable resource, but drivers make one big mistake when speaking with recruiters. Here's what it is...

2 Mental Mistakes That Cost Drivers Their Sanity...And Maybe More

by Brett Aquila

For truck drivers, life on the road is a roller coaster ride that can send you off the deep end. Here's a couple of common mistakes I hope you can avoid.

A Look In The Mirror

by Brett Aquila

If each truck driver would be a true professional...dress well, work with pride, talk kindly...the American public would respect us once again.

Your Trainer Will Test You On Far More Than Just Your Driving Skills

by Old School

As a rookie truck driver you're going to face enormous challenges and be tested continuously. I learned a great lesson about how tough CDL training can be.

How To Cut Through The Negativity And Choose The Right Trucking Company To Start Your Career

by Brett Aquila

With all of the negativity surrounding the trucking industry, how do you choose the right company to work for and what do companies look for in a driver?

Passing The CDL Road Test: What Are CDL Examiners Looking For?

by Brett Aquila

What are the CDL examiners looking for when you're taking your road test? Here are some important factors that will determine whether or not you'll pass.

The Need For Communication

by Dave Ashelman

Lack of communication between truck drivers and office personnel has always been a big issue in trucking and here we talk about some causes and cures.

Company-Sponsored Training With Swift: My First Hand Experience

by Dave

I recently completed Swift Transportation's company-sponsored training program and here's what the experience was like for me.

Rites of Passage on the Highway

by Dave Ashelman

Many folks come into truck driving believing they should be treated like gold without having to prove themselves first. That's simply not how it works.

Keeping The Family Close: Saying Sorry

by TruckersWife09

Truckers miss a lot of special events back home and it's tough on everyone. A simple apology or being understanding can help keep the family close.

Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

by Rhonda

Life on the road is challenging, and drivers are on tight schedules. But this was one of those days where I made a mistake that made things even worse!

Important Truths for Rookie Drivers: Surviving Your First 6 Months

by lucky13

So how does a new driver survive their hectic, stressful, tiring, demanding, and incredibly challenging first 6 months on the job? Here's my advice...

A Guide To Using Our Free Online CDL Training Program

by Ahmalia

TruckingTruth's free online cdl training course helped make learning a lot easier. Here's an overview of it, and advice for getting the most out of it.

To Have and to Hold: Marriages In Trucking

by TruckersWife09

Marriages in the trucking world are very difficult to maintain. The separation is tough on everyone. Here's some helpful advice to get you through.

It Takes Two

by TruckersWife09

It takes two special, committed people to make a long distance relationship work. Trucking is tough on relationships, but you can learn to make it work.

As The World Churns: The Driver Shortage Myth

by Dave Ashelman

Trucking companies have re-defined what churn and turnover mean and how they are calculated. This is creating statistics indicating a driver shortage.

Stereotypes and Trucking: A Match Made in the Cab

by Dave Ashelman

Stereotypes of truckers are hurting your trucking career, even if you don't fit the mold. It's time to step up, take pride, and expect more of ourselves.

Holding Down The Fort

by TruckersWife09

When your spouse is on the road and you're home taking care of the family, it's tough on everyone. Communication and understanding is key to making it work

The Unexpected Call

by TruckersWife09

Home time is precious to an over the road driver and their family, and it's painful when it gets cut short by an unexpected call from the company.

Welcome To The Life

by TruckersWife09

Home time for truckers is always special, but it's not always easy to get reacquainted. Everyone has different hopes and needs which can be hard to balance

Understanding Rights in the Trucking Industry

by Dave Ashelman

What rights do truck drivers have? Here’s a brief overview of some of the common issues drivers face with their bosses, and the remedies they can seek.

Keep That License Clean: Your Career Depends On It

by Rhonda

For a truck driver that CDL is everything. Here is some great advice on protecting that license.

How Having A Great Attitude Earned Me A Second Chance

by JakeCat22

After a major mistake on my part, I found out how far a great attitude and hard work can take you, and how great a 'starter company' can treat you after all

What Causes People To Fail CDL School?

by TruckerMike

Most people get through truck driving school, but others do not. Here's some great advice that will help you pass truck driving school with flying colors.

Factors Affecting Job Placement In The Trucking Industry

by Tanya Bons

Finding a truck driving job after graduating from CDL training is not guaranteed. Here we cover factors affecting your chances of finding work in trucking

4 Mistakes That Cause Students To Fail CDL Training And How They Can Be Prevented

by Driver Solutions

CDL training is certainly not easy. Here's four main reasons why people tend to fail their training at truck driving school and how to prevent them.

Understanding Pre-Hire Letters: The What, Why, And How Of This Important Step

by Tanya Bons

Pre-hire letters are a very important step when beginning your truck driving career. We'll cover what they are, why they're important, and how to get em.

The Sleep Apnea Witch Hunt

by Tanya Bons

Sleep apnea is a big topic in the trucking industry, but is it justified? Or is it a money-making scheme for the insurance companies and medical industry?

5 Advantages of Company Sponsored CDL Programs vs. Private Truck Driving Schools

by Driver Solutions

There are numerous advantages to company-sponsored CDL training over private truck driving schools and in this article we'll talk about them in detail.

A Driver Trainer's Perspective: Some Helpful Tips And Observations For Student Drivers

by TruckerMike

Being a CDL instructor is a very unique experience. I was amazed at how much I learned myself. Here are some of the highlights I picked up along the way.

CDL Testing Day From A Trainers Perspective

by TruckerMike

After four weeks on the road with my student, it was time for him to take his CDL exam. We were both very nervous. Testing day is incredibly stressful.

OTR Training- Week 1: Patience and Perseverance

by lucky13

CDL training will test you in so many ways, and it will go far beyond your ability to drive a truck. It will also test your patience and perseverance.

Learning How To Back Up A Big Truck

by TruckerMike

Learning how to back up a big rig is no easy task, but a few tips and tricks here from a trainer can really make it a lot easier.

Financing Options For Truck Driving School

by Tanya Bons

Options for funding your tuition to truck driving school include grants, student loans, sponsored training, tuition reimbursement, and many more.

What's A Tough Day Like In The Trucking World?

by JakeCat22

People wonder what life is like on the road for truckers. Well, you certainly have your good and bad days, and here's what a bad day is like...

My First Time Driving A Rig Through The Big Apple

by JakeCat22

I've only been on the road a short time running solo and I had my first chance to drive through NYC in a big rig, and what a crazy adventure it was!

Trying To Teach Proper Driver Forecasting

by TruckerMike

Being a safe truck driver is never easy. Predicting what might happen next on the highway takes years to learn and is very hard to teach a new driver.

Types of Trainers and How to Deal With Them

by TruckerMike

CDL trainers have a vast array of personalities and techniques for training students. Here are some personality types you'll find and how to deal with each

Working My Way Back Into The Trucking Industry

by Rhonda

I got out of the trucking industry back in 2009. Almost two years later I'm ready to get back in but I'm facing a few hurdles along the way.

A Trainer's Perspective On Teaching Students How To Shift

by TruckerMike

I recently became a certified CDL instructor and I was given my first students to train on shifting gears. Here's the story, and some advice for newbies

I'm Becoming a CDL Instructor!

by TruckerMike

After being a solo truck driver for 2 1/2 years I've decided to become a trainer for an old college friend who is getting into trucking. Here's the scoop

Training Time Is Over And It's Time To Test

by JakeCat22

After two weeks with my trainer, I went home for three days to relax and get ready for my company road test. If I pass, I get my own truck and run solo

On The Road In Training: There's Been A Lot Of Ups And Downs

by JakeCat22

I've been on the road with my trainer and there's been a lot of ups and downs. We're learning a ton everyday, but it's not easy for me or my family.

Our First Day Driving

by JakeCat22

We got our first chance behind the wheel at orientation for my new trucking company, which was interesting, but the classroom is information overload!

What You Need To Know Before Choosing A Truck Driving School

by Tanya Bons

Choosing a truck driving school is not difficult when you know the right factors to consider. Here is a great article to help you choose your CDL training

The Science of Truck Driving

by Philosopher Paul

After a lot of close calls and important lessons learned, I'm starting to get the feel for driving truck and learning to relax and roll with things.

The Showdown With "The Colonel" - Handling My Trainer's Tirades

by Philosopher Paul

I'm finishing up CDL training with a trainer who screams in tirades and I've had to try to deal with it. But finally, the showdown between us occurred.

Dealing With Some Crazy Personalities During Training

by Philosopher Paul

You meet a lot of crazy characters in trucking, and my finishing trainer is off the charts. This guys seems more like someone you'd find in a movie.

The Completion Of CDL Training (After A Lot Of Stress!)

by Philosopher Paul

I've completed my CDL training and I now have my CDL but there was plenty of stress and some rough teachers to deal with along the way - here's the story

The Difference Between Truck Drivers and Professional Truck Drivers

by TruckerMike

Being a professional driver means far more than simply driving for a living. It means maintaining a certain outlook and certain priorities at all times

Rookie Drivers: Time Management Tips And Mileage Goals

by Brett Aquila

For rookie truck drivers, time management skills are critically important to making good money and being safe out there. Here are some important tips.

More Boot Camp Stories From My Time In A Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

by SharBear

Going through a company-sponsored CDL training program is no bed of roses. Here are some of my experiences and some challenges you can expect to face.

The Boot Camp Known As Company-Sponsored Training

by SharBear

Company Sponsored CDL training can be a lot like boot camp. Prepare to have your self worth, dignity, brains, abilities, and patience tested.

When Will I Know If Trucking Was The Right Career Choice?

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver is a big career choice. When will you know if you belong in trucking, or if you should walk away? Read on - we'll let you know

Mama Said They'll Be Days Like This

by Rick Huffman

Truck drivers have tough days, and often times tough weeks - especially that first year. This was yet another tough lesson learned early in my career.

Keeping Your Head Screwed On Straight In A Crisis

by Rick Huffman

After getting into an accident as a rookie truck driver I made a critical error in judgment that could have cost me dearly, but this time I was lucky.

New Rules: Going Back To Truck Driving School

by Angelique

Truck drivers in Europe now must pay to have additional schooling in order to maintain their status as truck drivers. Will this be coming to the U.S.?

Fighting Through The Challenges Of Life On The Road

by Rick Huffman

After tarping a load on a rainy day in a muddy mess of a parking lot I began to question whether or not becoming a truck driving was a mistake.

Night Shift

by Angelique

I haul car fuel on the night shift in Amsterdam. Not many women truck drivers work the night shift and a lot of people want to know if it's dangerous.

A Humbling Adventure: My First Delivery Driving Solo

by Rick Huffman

After saying goodbye to my trainer, it was time to set out on my first solo run as a truck driver, and what a humbling adventure it turned out to be!

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part III - The CDL Exam

by Brian Laine

We covered the operation of a big rig and took a drive, now I'll cover taking the CDL exam and share thoughts about the process of getting your CDL.

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part II

by Brian Laine

In part I of intro to truck driving we talked about some mechanical aspects of big rigs. Now we'll cover a little more and take one for a drive.

Questions and Answers for a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Here are the answers to 17 questions about being a truck driver I'd like to share with anyone who may be interested in becoming a truck driver.

Truck Driving School Part IV - Taking The CDL Exam

by Rick Huffman

It was time to take the CDL exam and all of us were very nervous. Most of us failed our first attempt and the pressure was on to pass and get our CDL.

Trucking School Part III - Boot Camp

by Rick Huffman

Backing up a truck and learning to shift are two key elements at truck driving school, but some patient instructors are helping our class immensely.

Made It Through Your First Year As A Driver? Great! Now What?

by Guyjax

What comes after the first year of truck driving? You have a lot of new options open, including leasing a truck or becoming an owner operator.

My First Year as a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

I've completed my first year as a truck driver and here's a rundown of some surprises about the job and the lifestyle of an over the road trucker.

Not Much Help For The Drivers

by Steve Rubens

The Qualcomm has directions to customers for truck drivers, but often times the directions are wrong and nobody seems to care. Here's what happens.

Is Trucking In Your Blood?

by Guyjax

Truck driving is not just a job, it's a lifestyle, with a lot of responsibility that comes with it. Do you have what it takes? Is it in your blood?

Which CDL Endorsements Should I Get?

by Brett Aquila

Getting your CDL involves deciding which CDL endorsements to get. Here's a guide to what CDL endorsements are available and which ones you'll need.

A New Era For The Knights Of The Road

by Carl Smith

Truck drivers were once known as 'Knights of the Road' and had people's respect. We've lost that reputation, here's why, and here's how we get it back

Truck Driving Career Seen As Strong For Next Decade

by Brett Aquila

A recent story by NPR shows that truck driving will be one of the fastest growing, best paying careers requiring little training for the coming decade

Inside Trucking Part 3: Life On The Road

by Rhonda

An inside look at life on the road from a trucker's perspective.

Truck Driving in Winter Weather

by TruckerMike

Before I became a truck driver, there was nothing better than a good snow storm, sliding around in my 4-wheeler. But that was then, and this is now!

Inside Trucking Part 2: Understanding Company Expenses

by Rhonda

Controlling costs in trucking is critical to the success of trucking companies, and drivers should be doing their part to help - for their own sake.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 9 - He's Done!

by rbradyjohnsen

CDL training has been more pressure and more difficult than we expected. Getting your CDL is no picnic. In fact, it can be grueling at times.

Randy's Phase 1 Training - Part 8

by rbradyjohnsen

Over the road trucking will really test your relationship and the time away will magnify any problems your relationship has by a thousand times.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 7

by rbradyjohnsen

Life on the road has been difficult for Randy, and having a husband that's an over the road truck driver is horrible. He's due for home time soon.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 6

by rbradyjohnsen

CDL training has been very tough and now Randy is about half way through. The stories are amazing and learning to drive truck is stressful as can be.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 5

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy and his road trainer returned to the CDL school and took advantage of some down time. There was a crazy DUI incident at the school this week.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 4

by rbradyjohnsen

Phase one CDL training is about half way over with and it's a roller coaster of emotions. Some days he loves his new trucking career, but not others.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 3

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy has been on the road in CDL training for a short time and life on the road is challenging. The time apart is tough for us. Trucking is not easy.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 2

by rbradyjohnsen

It's my husband's second day of CDL training on the road running team with a trainer. Life on the road is a lot of stress but still very exciting.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy just started phase I CDL training out on the road with his trainer. It's a lot of pressure but very exciting at the same time to be on the road

Advice For Couples Regarding Truck Driving

by rbradyjohnsen

Becoming a truck driver is a stressful, difficult process - especially for couples. Here's some advice for couples considering getting into trucking.

Advice For Truck Driving School Students

by rbradyjohnsen

This is what I've learned from the perspective I've gained as my husband went through the classroom training in truck driving school.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 20 And 21

by rbradyjohnsen

Being out on the road during CDL training can be incredibly stressful at times, but also has the feel of a vacation at the same time.

Truck Driving - Experience and Enjoyment of the Job

by TruckerMike

I love being a truck driver. I've found as my experience grows, my enjoyment also grows. I'm still a rookie, but the experience I have is paying off.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 18 And 19

by rbradyjohnsen

Almost three weeks into truck driving school and this CDL training is high pressure and intense. It's difficult, and there's a lot to deal with.

Truck Driver Appreciation Week

by TruckerMike

Truck driver appreciation week has come and gone and we've created some reasons why truck driving is so difficult and should be appreciated.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 16 And 17

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driver training is always filled with a lot of pressure and uncertainty. That is what has made his accomplishments so special.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 13, 14 And 15

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driving school is filled with anxiety and tension. Passing his road test has Randy feeling quite relieved and anxious to begin road training.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 12

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy took his driving test at CDL school today and called me with the results. I was up all night emailing unemployment records for his company.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 11

by rbradyjohnsen

The pre-trip inspection test is today, and the road test is tomorrow. It's day 11 of CDL training and things are getting more stressful for everyone.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 10

by rbradyjohnsen

Ten days into CDL training and the fast pace continues. They are driving more, but the quizzes and the pressure of their CDL training continues.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 9

by rbradyjohnsen

As hard as you think becoming a truck driver will be, it's even harder. I've lost ten pounds from the stress of CDL training in the past few weeks.

My Overweight Ticket

by Rhonda

Your axle weights have to be legal before entering the highway, but what can a truck driver do if you're not sure and there's no scale at the shipper?

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 8

by rbradyjohnsen

We're into the second week of trucking school and things are still moving along very quickly! They are getting ready for their driving test very soon.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 7

by rbradyjohnsen

Well, it's been one week since Randy left for CDL training, and what a week it's been. It went by fast for him, it felt more like a month to me.

Regulation and Scrutiny Of Truck Drivers Increasing Steadily

by Brett Aquila

A recent announcement by the FMCSA shows that there will be even greater scrutiny for truck drivers and trucking companies coming very soon.

Sometimes You Face Difficult Driving Challenges In Trucking

by Rhonda

Some days are tougher than others for truck drivers, especially with the amount of traffic on the roads today. Today was a tough day in trucking.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 6

by rbradyjohnsen

Nearly a week into CDL training and more students are dropping out of the class. It's a fast-paced truck driving school and not everyone will make it.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 5

by rbradyjohnsen

I can't believe my husband's been at truck driving school less than a week, it feels like a month. His CDL training has been fast-paced and tough.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 2

by rbradyjohnsen

The pace of CDL training at trucking school has started out very fast and it's been a tough adjustment in lifestyle for both my husband and myself.

Randy At Truck Driving School - Day 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Well, I spoke to Randy for nearly an hour last night about his first full day at truck driving school, and it was a 12-hour marathon starting at 7 am.

First Week of Company-Sponsored Schooling

by Wagonwheel

I've just completed my first week of truck driving school and what a week it has been! We covered backing, pre-trips, got our CDL permit, and more!

Crazy Bus Ride to Truck Driving School

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driving school and changing truck driving jobs often requires a trip by greyhound bus. This is one experience you have to be ready for.

New Truck Drivers: Beware of Rocking The Boat

by Brett Aquila

Recently a student truck driver discovered that the trainer was smoking pot in the truck while the student was driving. How should you handle this?

Packing List for Truck Driving School

by rbradyjohnsen

Before leaving for truck driving school we made a list of items to pack for the road. Here's a great list of items to take with you on the road.

How a Husband And Wife Became Interested in Trucking - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

When our business began to really struggle due to the economy and our children were raised and on their own, we decided it was time for a change.

Making it Financially in Truck Driving

by TruckerMike

Finances on the road can be tough when first becoming a truck driver, but this will provide you with a little insight into saving money on the road.

I Want Out Of Trucking As A Driver

by Rhonda

Truck driving is not an easy career, and I got into it because I needed to make a better living. Now it's gotten old, and I'm looking for a way out.

My Recent Trucking Adventures - Quite A Challenge

by TruckerMike

Sometimes trucking trips go very smoothly, and others are incredibly challenging. This is the reality of truck driving. Are you up for the challenge?

Trucking Safety: What Exactly Is The Golden Rule?

by Brett Aquila

Trucking driving safety is the most important aspect of life on the road, and safety can be boiled down to one golden rule - lets' see what it is.

My Truck Driving Career - A 6 Month Review

by TruckerMike

I thought I'd share a few of my initial impressions of my early truck driving career, having experienced it for 6 months now. It's been incredible!

Leaving Home

by TruckerMike

Leaving home is often the hardest part of being a truck driver, especially after the holidays. This time was worse. I had to leave on the holiday.

Seeing the Other Side of the Tracks as a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

I recently wrote 'Truck Driving: An Office With A View' about the beauty this country holds. But out here on the road it isn't always so beautiful.

The Sleep Cycle of a Truck Driver - It Doesn't Exist

by TruckerMike

One thing I wasn't prepared for as a new truck driver is the sleeping patterns. I knew fatigue was a big issue in trucking, and now I understand why.

Enduring The Rookie Treatment In Trucking

by Brett Aquila

Trucking is a great career, but that rookie year is a tough one. There's so much to learn and adjust to that many people don't make it to year two.

Want to Live a Simpler Life? Try Truck Driving!

by TruckerMike

People work hard at jobs they hate in order to buy the things they think will bring them happiness. I was that way. Truckin showed me a better way.

Alone Time as a Truck Driver - Can you Handle it?

by TruckerMike

Truck drivers spend an enormous amount of time alone away from friends and family which can really take its toll, and spells the end for many drivers.

Truck Driving - An Office with a View!

by TruckerMike

Truck driving is such a unique job - one that offers so much that you won't find anywhere else. The lifestyle is amazing, and the view is spectacular

Things That Irritate Truck Drivers

by TruckerMike

Previously I spoke about what truck drivers do on the road that irritates 4-wheelers. This post will help people understand what irritates truckers.

Why Do Truck Drivers Do That?!?

by TruckerMike

This post is mainly for all of you out there who have never driven a truck before. People always have questions, so this will serve as a trucker's FAQ

My First Solo Run as a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

My first solo run as a truck driver has been completed, and boy do I have a story to tell. It was eventful and embarrassing, but successful in the end

What Makes a Truck Driver: Dealing With The Stereotype

by TruckerMike

Everyone has their own version of what a truck driver looks and acts like. I was even guilty of that. But once I became a driver, that all changed.

It's Official - My Truck Driver Training is Over

by TruckerMike

After months of research, a month of CDL truck driving school, and 4 months of company training, I'm going on the road as a solo company driver. Wow!

A trucking radio show you may want to listen to...

by Murray

I heard a new CDL student attending truck driving school suggest something to a driver trainer about truckers, and the instructor was not too pleased!

Dealing With Load Planners

by Karen

Truck drivers often have a tough time dealing with dispatch because of misunderstandings. But for new truck drivers it can be even tougher to handle.

Hiring In Truck Driving and Today's Economy

by Brett Aquila

Is now a good time to become a truck driver? The economy is still slow, but truck driving jobs are readily available. But how long will this last?

Don't Let the Little Things Bother You....Just Roll On

by TruckerMike

In the past few months that I've been truck driving, I've learned one major thing - trucking can destroy you if you let it. So don't.

You'll Know You Can Drive When..........

by Low Plains Drifter

What separates the best drivers from the rest is handling the toughest situations with ease and staying relaxed. Learning from others is key also.

Oh Where, Oh Where Did the Wolfie Go?

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

After many long weeks my CDL schooling is coming to an end and it appears I've landed my first truck driving job. Oh happy days!

You're Worth More

by Karen

Truck drivers, to me, deserve more because I’m watching them make it all happen every day. Better pay and better treatment from trucking companies.

Women Truck Drivers

by Rhonda

The American public sees more and more women behind the wheel of a big rig and they must surely think this is a new thing for women. Not even close!

Surviving a Company Trainer

by TruckerMike

Wow, it's been two months since I hit the road with my trainer. I'll share a few of my thoughts on how to survive your trucking company trainer.

Now Where Did I Put My Red Shoes?

by Farmer Bob

After getting my CDL and going on the road with a trainer, my training time is up and there are no job openings right now. I'm going home.

The Trailer Behind The Truck

by Rhonda

The trailer behind the truck is something that you may never think about in great detail, and it looks simple enough, but there's a lot to it.

Trucking Company Orientation: Not Much Fun

by Peter Jr

Basically, when going to a trucking company orientation, be prepared to be bombarded with videos, tested on your skills, and grilled about your past.

In This Economy, The Cream Is Rising To The Top

by Tanya Bons

Truck driving jobs are available, but many trucking companies have been able to be more selective in this slower economy than they have in the past.

Preparing for Truck Driver Company Training - Things to Pack!

by TruckerMike

What should I pack? This has to be the number one question amongst newbies. First of all, pack as little as possible. Only the necessities...

Love or Infidelity? It's Your Responsibility!

by Karen

There’s a comfort in knowing that all is ok while being in the same room with the one you love in total silence. Never forget how lucky you are.

Stormy Weather In Trucking

by Rhonda

With the change of seasons comes another area of concern for all travelers of the highways - storms with hail, high winds and tornadoes.

On The Road Again: Week 2, Day 3 of CDL Training

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

Today there were several activities, including speaking to a few recruiters, pre-trip inspections, backing practice, and a short trip on the highway.

The Shift From Computers To A Trucking Career Begins

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

New to the trucking industry and fresh out of a career in the computer industry, I've found a trucking school and I'm beginning my CDL classes.

Comradery - Where is it?

by Karen

Comradery amongst truck drivers used to be a sacred thing. Understood and appreciated, lived by and upheld. But now, it just doesn't seem the same.

Worst Trip in a Big Truck Yet

by TruckerMike

This last trip was rather brutal. It was adventurous, frustrating, difficult, and dangerous at times, and we even saw a few things we wish we hadn't.

The Product Has To Be Made Before You Can Purchase It

by Rhonda

It takes a lot of trucks to keep America going and the shelves filled. Most of us never consider the shipping and manufacturing that goes into it.

Preparing For Your Profession In Truck Driving

by Tanya Bons

Truck driving is a special profession, it’s not for everyone. If you enjoy the destination, but live for the journey, then you should consider it.

Blessings and Gifts

by Karen

Being in a big rig is just as spiritual as being on the back of a Harley. But the thing that mystifies me the most is the “magic” of just being.

The Tough Part of Life While on the Road

by Farmer Bob

Even though I enjoy what I'm doing there is a down side to trucking. Keeping a relationship going while driving truck is very hard, and often lonely

Truck Stop Services - and The Lack Thereof

by Karen

Truck stops are a trucker's haven, and it's nice to finally kick back and relax when you have the time. But not all are created equal, that's for sure

More Snow? Now What's A Desert Dude to Do?

by Farmer Bob

Just when I thought it was spring time and there would be no more truckin in the snow, man was I wrong! Tire chains, tow trucks, and more adventures!

What's a Desert Dude Doing Driving in a Blizzard?

by Farmer Bob

I live in the desert. Blowing sand is common, and we have days when roads are closed due to blowing sand, but not snow! Oh man, here comes a blizzard!

I Love Being a Truck Driver!

by TruckerMike

It takes a very unique individual to succeed out here and hopefully this will shed a little light on the traits needed to make it in this business.

CDL Training in Illinois - Illinois Secretary of State Certified Schools

by Tanya Bons

When shopping for a truck driving school in Illinois, smart students do their research. Choosing a Secretary of State Certified School is important.

Life On The Road For Truck Drivers Is So Different From Anything You've Ever Known

by Farmer Bob

I am amazed at how different the life of a truck driver is compared to 'other' people. The lifestyle is amazing, but it's an incredible change.

A Disaster of a Trip, but Still Worked Out in the End

by TruckerMike

Since my last trip in the big rig went so well, Karma had to balance itself out. And it didn't waste any time either! This last trip was crazy!

Your "Other Half" In a Truck Driving Career

by Karen

This story is based on my life, my emotions and my experience. I know there are “other halves” out there that will be able to relate.

After Several Pre-Hires I've Made My Choice - I'm Headed To Truck Driving School

by Ranting Warrior

After several pre-hires, well, it wasn't an easy decision, but I finally made my choice. I'm headed off to truck driving school. Here's the scoop.

Recruiters, Companies, and Schools - Choosing The Right Path Into Your Trucking Career

by Ranting Warrior

Its funny how much getting started in trucking is so similar to getting started in the military. It takes much thought and soul searching for both.

Some Random Thoughts About Life On The Road

by Farmer Bob

Life on the road is totally different than anything I've ever done, and there's a few things that take some getting used to.

Truck Driver Training Adventures in the Smokey Mountains!

by TruckerMike

Being in training as a trucker on the road isn't easy - but when you add mountains and wrong turns into the equation, it can be terrifying!

I Shower How Often? What Is Personal Hygiene Like On The Road

by Farmer Bob

Personal hygiene for truckers on the road is much different than for those of us living at home, and here's what I've found to be true so far.

Observations From a Rookie Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Wow, I can't believe it's been a week since I got on the road with my trainer. This has probably been the quickest week of my life!

More on my First Two Weeks OTR - Including Things You Will Need With You

by Farmer Bob

The learning curve is steep your first few weeks on the road. Here I cover a bunch of things you will need, and some things you will need to know.

Potty Break....

by Karen

After traveling with my husband in his big rig I noticed that there are a lot of things I'm concerned about, and this is a big one.

Long Hauler's Recognition - A Letter From A Truck Driver's Wife

by Karen

This story is dedicated to every long-haul truck driver out there. I am the wife of a long-haul driver and there is so much I'd like to say.

My First Two Weeks of OTR Training

by Farmer Bob

As I said previously, you have to have patience. A sense of humor helps too! There's a lot to know, and a lot of lessons learned already.

That Truckin' Orientation - What I Went Through

by Farmer Bob

Well, I finished my CDL school and received my diploma! Hot darn! I am somebody! Here I'll tell you about how it went.

Trucking Company Orientation - Day 3

by TruckerMike

Finally the last day of orientation has arrived and I'm getting to head out on the road. A lot of good information today for sure.

Trucking School Is Hard: Peter's Crybaby Blog

by Peter Jr

Getting through my CDL training is not easy, and getting a job and getting rollin in this economic environment is proving to be tough.

The DAC Report And Your MVR: How Companies Use Them For Hiring

by Rhonda

DAC reports and your MVR are two sources that trucking companies use to determine if you are eligible. But how do this process work? Here's how...

Students Searching for Trucking Jobs After CDL Training During a Recession

by TruckerMike

Finding a truck driving job during a recession like this is much tougher than it usually is, but the jobs are out there and things look better!

Making Turns In A Semi Can Be Dangerous - And Comical Too!

by Rhonda

Somtimes four wheelers don't know how to handle situations with trucks. They do the funniest, and sometimes the scariest things!

CDL Training Week Two - Finding Out Which Of Us Will Make It Through

by Peter Jr

Ah, week two. The magical week that separates the truck drivers from the…well…not truck drivers? This is where the rubber meets the road.

Long Hauler's Recognition - A Letter From A Truck Driver's Wife

by Brett Aquila

Life on the road is far more difficult than most people realize, and this letter goes out to all of those who have never been in their shoes.

Where Can New Drivers Turn For Hope In This Economy?

by Brett Aquila

Truck driving is looked upon as the last great hope for many Americans who have lost work. Where would I look for work in trucking today?

Driver Error

by Rhonda

Truck drivers have a ton of responsibilities when it comes to safety, and patience is key. Here's an example of how quickly things can go wrong.

CDL School's Out! Choosing a Trucking Company

by Farmer Bob

Don't wait until CDL school is over to begin applying to trucking companies. Here is some advice to help you land that first trucking job.

CDL Schools: What Is Their Real Purpose and What Do They Really Teach?

by Farmer Bob

CDL schools will not be your only training when becoming a truck driver, and they won't make you a truck driver. Their purpose is more specific.

I Don't Know Nuthin' About Trucking - Now What?

by Farmer Bob

When you're considering becoming a truck driver, there is a lot of research that goes into it, starting with the CDL school you choose.

There's Not Just A Truck, There's A Trailer, Too!

by Tumbleweed

There are a number of different types of trailers you can pull and each one has its pros and cons. This will help you understand some differences.

Unemployment Insurance Tax? Ya Must Need a Doctor's Degree

by Pappy

What on earth is unemployement tax insurance, and where does it go during times of low unemployement? Nobody knows what the gov't does with our money.

Maintaining The Equipment: The Driver and The Company Share The Responsibility

by Rhonda

Whether a trucking company or bus company does proper maintenance is a great way to determine if it's a good company to work for or not.

My First Bus Route

by Rhonda

Driving a bus full of children is never an easy task, but add a terrible Iowa snow storm to the mix and you've really got your hands full!

After My Graduation - Final Thoughts and Advice For Those Considering Truck Driving School

by TruckerMike

After recently graduating from truck driving school and getting my CDL, here is my best advice for those considering becoming a truck driver.

Getting Real About The Trucking Industry and How Things Really Are

by Brett Aquila

Many people become truck drivers will false ideas about the truck driving industry and lifestyle. Here, we're going to set you straight!

CDL Training - Our Training Truck Breakdown!

by TruckerMike

We prepared for our CDL test by training in a certain truck but it broke down! Panic! Truck driving school can be stressful for sure!

Women on the Road - Preparing for the Trip - Part 2

by Tumbleweed

For women truck drivers, you have to know the right things to bring on the road with you. Here's a great list of things I had with me!

Passing Your CDL Test: Our Free Practice Tests and Advice Will Make It Much Easier!

by Brett Aquila

Passing the written CDL test can be challenging, but taking our free online CDL practice tests and getting a bit of advice here will surely help!

Women on the Road - Preparing for the Trip - Part 1

by Tumbleweed

Women truck drivers are common nowadays but the list of things you need to bring on the road is hard to come by so I've made one for ya.

Truck Driving School 2009: Will The Poor Economy Still Offer Truck Driving Jobs For Students?

by Brett Aquila

Truck driving jobs pay well and getting your CDL is an option. But in this economy, will you find work? Is trucking school the right choice?

Meal Time Can Be Tough For Women Truck Drivers

by Rhonda

You would think that getting served a simple meal would be no big deal. Well, for women truck drivers, it's not always that simple.

Truck Driver Training: How To Handle The Time On The Road With Your Trainer

by Brett Aquila

Truck driving school teaches a lot - but not as much as you may think. The time with your trainer is critical to your trucking career.

This Really Burns Me...Bad News About Driving in the Fog!

by Tumbleweed

Why is it that people want to place the blame elsewhere for their own mistakes. This is one tragic example in trucking.

Supper Time! Favorite Places To Eat On The Road

by Tumbleweed

Of all the years I spent on the road, a handful of places really stood out as a few of my favorite places to eat of all time!

Satin sheets to LIE on. Satin pillows to cry on.

by Pappy

With tough times ahead, change has been promised to Americans. But is it the right type of change, or is prosperity being undermined?

Takin' the CDL Test

by Tumbleweed

A really funny story about how one truck driver decided to purposely screw up to get a better score on the CDL exam!

From the Driver's Seat

by Tumbleweed

I've seen a lot in my 10 years on the road. Some of my favorite memories are of the little things.

Sometimes It Just Happens!

by Tumbleweed

A great story about how quickly things can change when you're cruisin the highways. When the worst happens, your training kicks in.

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