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What Is This Thing We Call Trucking?

by Old School

Trucking is so much more than a job. It's a career and an adventure that demands so much and yet gives back even more.

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.

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.

Lowering Your Blood Pressure For The DOT Physical

by Patrick Netzel

There are a number of things you can do to lower your blood pressure in the short term like leading up to your physical, and long term for good health.

The Best Laid Plans Usually Fall To Pieces

by Becky Prestwich

No matter how well a truck driver plans a trip there are countless variables that will stand in your way. This particular week we couldn't catch a break.

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.

Some Days Are Better Than Others. Some Are Best Forgotten.

by Becky Prestwich

It seems like life on the road throws you one curveball after another sometimes. This winter has been tough, with some parts better off forgotten.

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.

The Ups And Downs Of Life On The Road

by Becky Prestwich

After just a short time on the road with my husband I've come to realize that everyday life in the trucking industry is like a roller coaster ride.

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.

Getting Started - and Schooled

by Becky Prestwich

After learning I would be headed out on the road with my husband it was time to see our assigned truck for the first time and start loading in our goodies.

The Big Decision

by Becky Prestwich

Being given the opportunity to travel the country with my husband I'm ready to hit the highways and find out what life is all about for the American trucker

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.

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.

Solitude Becomes Every Truck Drivers Heaven Or Hell

by Brett Aquila

Isolation from loved ones may be the hardest part of trucking. Sadly, returning home may not end that isolation. It may just reveal the worst consequences.

Voyager Voyeur - A Glimpse At Life From High Above

by BlueHillsTrucker

Truckers sitting high above the passing traffic glimpse a moment in time of the lives of the people passing below. Here's a fun look at some things I've seen.

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.

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.

Look on the Blight Side

by BlueHillsTrucker

Truckers live wherever they happen to be at the moment. Some places have a mysterious past. They're a shadow of their former selves. A ghost town. A relic.

A Family Emergency On The Road

by Rhonda

Every truck driver fears a family emergency happening when they're out on the road. It's a helpless feeling, and there's little you can do to prepare.

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...

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.

My First Run As A Professional Driver

by BlueHillsTrucker

Nothing could be more exciting than climbing behind the wheel of a rig for your first run ever as a professional driver! Here's how it went for me.

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.

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

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.

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...

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.

On The Road In Training: Doing Things For The First Time

by JakeCat22

My first few days of my trucking career are off to a great start and I'm out on the road with my trainer. Everything is so new, everything is a first.

My First Days On The Road With A Trainer

by JakeCat22

After completing orientation with my first trucking company it was time to head out on the road with a trainer for the first time, and away we went!

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.

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

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.

Bad Directions, The Wrong Entrance, and A Coon Dog Cemetery

by Rick Huffman

My first full solo week of trucking started out well but didn't continue that way for long. I also saw some very strange sites along the way!

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.

On The Road In Training With Ringo Part 2

by Rick Huffman

On the road in training driving flatbed was very rough the first couple weeks. My fingers were numb, I ached all over, and the mountains were intimidating

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.

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?

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

Randy's Home Time During Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Getting home from the road is every truck driver's favorite time, and that's especially true for a driver's family, friends, and loved ones.

Inside Trucking Part 3: Life On The Road

by Rhonda

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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

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