Truck driving is far more difficult and complex than people expect. We asked experienced drivers what the biggest surprises and misconceptions are about this career.
If you want to be at the top of the pay list you're going to have to earn it. Here are some strategies for getting more miles and making more money.
If you're attending a company-sponsored training program you need to understand the nature of the selection process. Here are some important insights.
Going on the road with a trainer or going solo is stressful and challenging, but exciting. Here are some important tips.
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.
Some prefer driving at night, others during the day. So what's the most effective strategy for truck drivers? Check this out.
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.
Getting as many miles as you can handle as a truck driver means learning how to manage your clock and take initiative.
What do you have to do when you fail or refuse a DOT drug test? Here is the return-to-duty process explained simply.
How do truck drivers deal with homesickness? Advice for truck drivers on coping with being away from friends and family on the road.
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 rookies to haul? Which should be avoided? Which pay the best? We'll cover it all right here.
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.
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?
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.
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.
There are many drivers out there today that have issues keeping their blood pressure under control. We'll cover the DOT regulations here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Recruiters in the trucking industry are a valuable resource, but drivers make one big mistake when speaking with recruiters. Here's what it is...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a truck driver that CDL is everything. Here is some great advice on protecting that license.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 rig is no easy task, but a few tips and tricks here from a trainer can really make it a lot easier.
Options for funding your tuition to truck driving school include grants, student loans, sponsored training, tuition reimbursement, and many more.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
We got our first chance behind the wheel at orientation for my new trucking company, which was interesting, but the classroom is information overload!
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
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.
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.
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
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
Losing weight for truckers can be difficult. But if you have a simple plan and stick to it you can be in wonderful health on the road, without exercise!
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
For rookie truck drivers, time management skills are critically important to making good money and being safe out there. Here are some important tips.
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.
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.
Company Sponsored CDL training can be a lot like boot camp. Prepare to have your self worth, dignity, brains, abilities, and patience tested.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I compare two hypothetical career paths; a college student versus a truck driving student. We'll looking at job training, salary, debts, and more.
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
An inside look at life on the road from a trucker's perspective.
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!
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.
One of the first things a student truck driver will learn at their first company is how to operate a Qualcomm. Every company uses em, but what is it?
Over the road trucking will really test your relationship and the time away will magnify any problems your relationship has by a thousand times.
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 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
Becoming a truck driver is a stressful, difficult process - especially for couples. Here's some advice for couples considering getting into trucking.
This is what I've learned from the perspective I've gained as my husband went through the classroom training in truck driving school.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A recent announcement by the FMCSA shows that there will be even greater scrutiny for truck drivers and trucking companies coming very soon.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
Truck driving is more of a lifestyle than a career. You have to dedicate yourself to it and live it.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
What separates the best drivers from the rest is handling the toughest situations with ease and staying relaxed. Learning from others is key also.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
When shopping for a truck driving school in Illinois, smart students do their research. Choosing a Secretary of State Certified School is important.
This article discusses some of the medical disqualifications for truck drivers.
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!
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.
Last week we had a trip from Illinois to California and I got my first taste of mother nature's fury - a light load and high winds. It was nasty!
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.
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.
So the other night, we get a phone call to pick up a 'High Value Load' from a pharmaceutical company. Wow, what an experience a high value load is!
I am just thrilled that I get to have my DOT physical done again. Mine expires tomorrow. The medical card I carry is good for 2 years. Bummer.
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.
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!
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.
After 14 days on the road with my trianer, things have been going really well. Here is some insight into my training so far.
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!
it's far easier than you might imagine to get the safety records of trucking companies, and these records have a big effect on a company's drivers.
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.
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.
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.
Getting through my CDL training is not easy, and getting a job and getting rollin in this economic environment is proving to be tough.
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...
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!
Somtimes four wheelers don't know how to handle situations with trucks. They do the funniest, and sometimes the scariest things!
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?
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.
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 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'm in truck driving school and it's getting near our time to take the CDL test. The program is fast paced, but fun and exciting!
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.
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.
CDL students are having success in this bad economy getting accepted into company sponsored CDL training programs and landing truck driving jobs.
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 recently graduating from truck driving school and getting my CDL, here is my best advice for those considering becoming a truck driver.
Many people become truck drivers will false ideas about the truck driving industry and lifestyle. Here, we're going to set you straight!
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!
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 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 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 can be an incredibly fun and rewarding career - but it's not easy! Here is one trait you absolutely must have...
Passing the pre-trip inspection exam is easier for some. But for me, it was rough. Here's the unusual story of how I did it.
Even getting pre-hired by a trucking company before graduating from CDL training is no guarantee in this economy.
A great story from one of our most popular bloggers regarding a bridge that once became attached to her trailer!
I've seen a lot in my 10 years on the road. Some of my favorite memories are of the little things.
In day 7 of truck driving school, our student is catching on fast and enjoying the hell out of learning how to drive!
It's the start of week two for our student who is giving us his day-by-day experiences live! Today is his first day driving a rig!
This is a fun story about driving some kindergarten students home from school.
Me, being an ol' time trucker, decided I would go take a look at some of the CDL Schools in my area. Here's a rundown of what I found.
This is day to of our CDL training. We're documenting every day of truck driving school so you can follow along!
In my first day of CDL training they talked about the school structure and how we'll have our CDL license in just 4 weeks!
The day has arrived! My first day of truck driving school and it was great! Let me tell you what it was all about.
Trucker's CB Radios - One of the funniest, most informative blogs you'll ever find on the history and terminology. A must read!
There are some common problems that truck drivers run into with their trailers. Here are a few, along with fixes and tools to carry.
Truck driving jobs have shown a noticeable increase from Dec '08 to Jan '09 on our website. We list thousands of trucking jobs here!
I just had my DOT physical today before attending truck driving school and thought I'd let you know what it's like.
Women truck drivers can do a number of things to stay safe and comfortable on the road and I cover a lot of them here.
Landing a pre-hire is a really big deal and I now have my first. It's not a guarantee of employment, but close.
With 2.6 million job losses in 2008, many people need a new career with good pay and job security. Truck driving may be it!
Layoffs in the trucking industry do not often affect the drivers, and a slow economy can actually help student drivers find work!
A great story about trying to get a semi stopped whose brakes were on fire - and then we couldn't get the fire out!
I'm getting ready to begin truck driver training and here's what I've done leading up to the start of school.
Truck driving across the frozen prairie is what seperates the real truckers from the rest, and this night was one of the worst.
There are a number of factors to consider regarding when to fuel up your rig, and how much to put in. Here we cover many of them.
In this popular blog series on choosing a truck driving job, we discuss who you should talk to, and what questions you should ask.
In part 7 of our series on choosing a truck driving job, we talk about pulling flatbeds and tankers vs dry vans and refrigerated.
Some excellent, well-researched advice regarding finding the right truck driving school and getting your CDL training.
We all learn lessons the hard way sometimes. This blog will help new truck drivers avoid learning one themselves.
Part 6 in a very popular series about choosing a truck driving job. Here we cover dry van and refrigerated trucking companies.
Part 5 in a very popular blog series about how to choose the best trucking company. Compares large companies to small ones.
There are a lot of fun things to do on the road during your downtime. Here's a few ideas.
Negative opinions about being a truck driver are everywhere on the net. We'll discuss why that is, and where to find the positives!
There are many advantages to working for a large trucking company. Part IV of our popular blog series covers a ton of them!
Becoming a truck driver is a huge decision in anyone's life, and one we've all pondered. Here's my story and the reasons why I did it.
A popular blog regarding choosing a truck driving job. It includes many factors, especially your family, personality, and lifestyle.
A well-known blog on choosing the right truck driving job. Outlines which factors affect your happiness and success the most.
First part in a very popular series about finding the right truck driving job and trucking company for new and experienced truck drivers alike.
A cold December morning. Christmas card perfect. But the highway is always dangerous and today was no different.
Many people consider owning their own truck. In this article we'll discuss the difficulties involved.
My life and my career as a truck driver
Our most popular blog! If you've ever wondered about a career in truck driving and whether or not it's for you, this is the place to start!
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