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Trucking Has The Longest Job Interview In The World

by G-Town

If you're attending a company-sponsored training program you need to understand the nature of the selection process. Here are some important insights.

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.

6 Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure For The DOT Physical

by Patrick Netzel

The DOT physical has stringent blood pressure requirements. Here are 6 ways to lower your blood pressure for the DOT physical

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.

What Is A DAC Report And How Will It Affect Your Job Opportunities?

by Patrick Netzel

The DAC report is a background check used by trucking companies to help determine whether or not a driver is a good candidate for hire.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

There's No Disguising A Rookie On The CB Radio

by BlueHillsTrucker

The CB radio is a legendary part of being a trucker. But nothing is funnier than being a rookie and soundling like a nerd amongst the smooth talkers.

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.

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.

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.

Truck Driver Training: The Beginning

by BlueHillsTrucker

Getting started with CDL training meant a ton of bookwork in the beginning, working outside in temps below zero, and busting up some drivetrains.

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.

CDL Training Has Begun For 'The Blue Hills Trucker'

by BlueHillsTrucker

After earning a college degree, being a stay-at-home dad, and then a substitute teacher, it was time for a career change. Here's how CDL training began.

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.

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.

Why Do People Decide To Become Truck Drivers?

by TruckerMike

Becoming a truck driver is a dream for a lot of people. Others find it a necessity when life takes an unexpected turn. Here's the story of how I got started.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

Testing Time For Orientation Has Arrived

by JakeCat22

We've reached the end of orientation with my new trucking company and it's time for testing. If we pass, we head out on the road with our trainer!

The Meat And Potatoes Of Orientation

by JakeCat22

I'm in orientation with my new trucking company and right now we're covering a lot - driving, backing, inspections, procedures, and paperwork.

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!

Judgment Day At Orientation

by JakeCat22

Today was judgment day at orientation - the day they usually start sending people home for one reason or another. I was surprised at how it turned out.

Finding A Career I'm Passionate About

by TaoTrucker

Becoming a truck driver was something I wasn't certain about until I started believing it could really happen. That's when things started rolling.

My First Day Of Orientation

by JakeCat22

Today was my first day at orientation for my new trucking company and I was a bit nervous because I didn't know what to expect. Here's how it went.

On My Way To Orientation

by JakeCat22

It's the start of my truck driving career and after graduating from school with my CDL I've just arrived for orientation at my first real trucking job.

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.

Beginnings

by TaoTrucker

After attending Optometry school I finally accepted that I was on the wrong path in life. I need a career that suits me, and truck driving may be it.

My First Ever Solo Run!

by Philosopher Paul

I finished training and got my first truck. This is the story of my first ever solo run in a big rig, and a tiny rookie mistake that was pretty funny.

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.

One New Driver Sent Home, The Rest Of Us To The Skid Pad

by Philosopher Paul

One of the students in our CDL training course was sent home today - she just couldn't handle the rig. It certainly isn't easy getting started in trucking.

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

A Teacher, A Writer, A Philosopher, Now A Truck Driver!

by Philosopher Paul

Becoming a truck driver is a dream that almost everyone has tucked away somewhere. For me, it's time to make that dream a reality, and I'm ready for it!

My 2010 Salary - Finishing Up My Second Year Behind The Wheel

by TruckerMike

This is my 2010 salary as an OTR truck driver finishing up my second year. It's hard to find good information on trucker's salaries, so I hope this helps

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.

Why Do People Decide To Get Into Truck Driving?

by Driver Solutions

Trucking attracts people from all walks of life and has a lot to offer if you're circumstances, personality, and goals make you right for the job.

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.

Remembering My Earliest Days Of Trucking School

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Here's a story about my early days in trucking school and out on the road.

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

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.

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.

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

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part I

by Brian Laine

If driving a truck has ever crossed your mind, or you just like the looks of that big rig going by, enjoy reading a little more about getting your CDL

On The Road In Training With Ringo

by Rick Huffman

My first six weeks on the road with an incredibly unique trainer were memorable times. But being home for a 'Trucker's Weekend' was not what I expected

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.

Attending Truck Driving School Part II - First Day On The Yard

by Rick Huffman

My first day of backing up a big rig in truck driving school and we were all nervous and excited. None of us knew what backing a big rig would be like

Attending Truck Driving School Part I

by Rick Huffman

The beginning of my truck driving adventures started here with cdl school where I met an incredible variety of people looking to become truck drivers

Becoming An American Trucker

by Rick Huffman

Becoming a truck driver was something I never considered until my 20 year journalism career became a rut. Here's where my trucking adventures began.

Our Trucking Adventure Begins

by Cathy Rubens

Becoming a truck driver is a big decision, and Steve and Cathy decided to the time was right for Steve to begin his CDL training. Here's how it went.

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.

Comparing Career Paths: Truck Driving Versus A College Degree

by Carl Smith

I compare two hypothetical career paths; a college student versus a truck driving student. We'll looking at job training, salary, debts, and more.

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

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.

My 33rd Anniversary In Transportation

by Rhonda

After 33 years as a woman in the transportation industry it's been amazing to look back at the journey and how far women truck drivers have come.

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.

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.

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.

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 4

by rbradyjohnsen

Almost finished with the first week of truck driving school. The pace is quick and some people are struggling, while others are doing just fine.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 3

by rbradyjohnsen

The fast pace of CDL training at truck driving school continues as students continue to drop out of the program due to health and background issues.

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.

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 2

by rbradyjohnsen

There is a saying about how life is what happens while you're making other plans and that has certainly proven to be true with my trucking plans.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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!

My On-The-Road Training Ends And It's Home To My Family

by Peter Jr

My CDL training is complete. Here is a recap of what training was like on the road, and what it was like to return home to my family.

I'm Becoming A Truck Driver...and so it begins

by Murray

Well here we go! I'm entering the world of truck driving. Lots of emotions; nervous, excited, worried, apprehensive. This is all so new.

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?

CDL Training Begins

by Low Plains Drifter

At a time when school ends for many, mine begins anew. Back to CDL training - back to the road.

One Electric Ride

by TruckerMike

There are some nights when you don't want to be driving a truck. Then there are some nights when you wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world.

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!

The Long Road Back

by Low Plains Drifter

I was in real estate for many years, but at heart, I'm a truck driver. I helped many people into their own homes, but driving is what I truly enjoyed.

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.

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.

The Time Has Come: I'm Heading To Orientation

by Peter Jr

Time for me to hit the open road, see the country, and see how many people I know are shocked when they see me hauling ass in an eighteen wheeler.

Week 3, Day 1: Double the Trouble, Double the Fun.

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

We had some interesting things today, including pulling doubles, 45 degree sight-side backing, and a new instructor for the road trip.

Truck Driving School - Week 2, day 4 - The Truck demands a sacrifice!

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

Day four of my journey towards becoming an Over the Road driver was rather exciting. We had a great mix of backing, and some challenging driving.

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.

It's Time to Ride

by Allan Burden

After being in the military, a police officer, and a preacher - amongst other things, I've decided to become a truck driver, and here's my plan.

Beginning Week Two Of CDL Training: What Do You Mean, 'Don't Hit That Car'?

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

Day two of week two dawned chilly and rainy.  That's typical for the Northwest this time of year. Our truck driver training is moving into new areas.

The First Week Of My CDL Training

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

So finally I got into truck driving school and started the classroom phase. Some was fun, some was boring, but then we started the yard phase.

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.

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.

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

CDL Exam Day: Hoping To Get My License - Not An Ulcer

by Peter Jr

Taking tests always made me nervous, but the CDL exam was the worst! When your career is at stake and you have a family counting on you, it's scary!

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.

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.

Why Truck Driving? You Would Just Have To Know Me

by Ranting Warrior

With an Army career behind me and my job being lost to a tough economy, it was time to find a career that I could enjoy - and here's what I found...

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!

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!

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 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.

Trucking Company Orientation - Day Two

by TruckerMike

Day two of orientation at my new trucking company went far better than the first day, and it was filled with interesting information.

Trucking Company Orientation - Day One

by TruckerMike

Day one of orientation at a trucking company is far from being a memorable experience, but there are some things you should know.

My First Truck Driving Job: The Trip to Trucking Orientation

by TruckerMike

The trip to truck driving orientation is always eventful - but not normally this eventful! What a mess - but it turned out interesting.

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!

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.

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?

End Of My First Week of CDL School, Start of My First Blog

by Peter Jr

Well I finally did it! After a whole year of thinking about it, I decided it was time for me to dive head-first into over-the-road truck driving!

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.

Our CDL Training Takes Us Outside to the Truck Backing Range

by Scott.P

Our CDL training at the end of week one has us out on the range backing up tractor trailers and doing pre-trip inspections.

Truck Driving School Days Two and Three: Our CDL Permit Test and DOT Physical

by Scott.P

Day two and day three of my truck driving school were filled with tests and more classroom time. This is a very fast paced course!

Truck Driving School: First Day at Central Refrigeration Training

by Scott.P

The first day of truck driving school isn't the most exciting, but it gave me a good idea of what I was in for!

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 Test Day - What It Was Like Taking (and passing!) the CDL Test

by TruckerMike

After four weeks of training, one of our site's authors passed his CDL exam! You have to read what he went through to do it!

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!

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!

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?

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.

Truck Driving Will Test Your Character

by Brett Aquila

Truck driving can be an incredibly fun and rewarding career - but it's not easy! Here is one trait you absolutely must have...

Tough Times In Trucking: Getting Pre-Hired Is No Guarantee

by Brett Aquila

Even getting pre-hired by a trucking company before graduating from CDL training is no guarantee in this economy.

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