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Drivers Share Their Biggest Misconceptions And Surprises About A Career In Trucking

by Brett Aquila

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.

The Right Strategy For Earning More Miles And Better Pay

by Brett Aquila

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.

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.

Important Tips When Going On The Road With A Trainer Or Going Solo

by G-Town

Going on the road with a trainer or going solo is stressful and challenging, but exciting. Here are some important tips.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Losing Weight As A Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

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.

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

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.

A Look Inside Trucking Part I

by Rhonda

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?

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 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.

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.

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?

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 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!

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?

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?

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!

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.

Truck Drivers Must Be Flexible, Committed, and Adaptable

by Brett Aquila

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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.

Medical Disqualification For Unfit Drivers

by Rhonda

This article discusses some of the medical disqualifications for truck drivers.

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.

Truck Driving and Mother Nature's Fury

by TruckerMike

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 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.

Truck Driving with a High Value Load

by TruckerMike

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!

The DOT Recertification Physical

by Rhonda

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.

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.

The First Two Weeks On the Road With My Trainer

by Scott.P

After 14 days on the road with my trianer, things have been going really well. Here is some insight into my training 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!

FMCSA SAFESTAT: The Grading System For Carriers And Their Employees

by Rhonda

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Range Driving and Road Driving Semi Trucks at CDL School

by Scott.P

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'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.

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.

Truck Driving Jobs Increasing Slightly - Student Truck Drivers Finding Work

by Brett Aquila

CDL students are having success in this bad economy getting accepted into company sponsored CDL training programs and landing truck driving jobs.

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 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!

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...

Passing My Pre-Trip Inspection Exam Was Not Easy

by Rhonda

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.

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.

Bad Directions

by Tumbleweed

A great story from one of our most popular bloggers regarding a bridge that once became attached to her trailer!

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.

CDL Training - More Driving Practice

by TruckerMike

In day 7 of truck driving school, our student is catching on fast and enjoying the hell out of learning how to drive!

CDL Training - My First Day Behind the Wheel of a Big Rig!

by TruckerMike

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!

Noon Bus Route

by Rhonda

This is a fun story about driving some kindergarten students home from school.

Just an ol' Trucker Looking at Driving Schools

by Pappy

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.

CDL Training - My Second Day of Truck Driving School!

by TruckerMike

This is day to of our CDL training. We're documenting every day of truck driving school so you can follow along!

The Structure Of CDL Schooling: Four Weeks To My CDL

by TruckerMike

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!

CDL Training - My First Day Of Truck Driving School!

by TruckerMike

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: Fire on the Wire!!!

by Pappy

Trucker's CB Radios - One of the funniest, most informative blogs you'll ever find on the history and terminology. A must read!

Trailers: Some Common Problems, Fixes, and Items To Carry With You

by Rhonda

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 Increase From Dec '08 To Jan '09

by Brett Aquila

Truck driving jobs have shown a noticeable increase from Dec '08 to Jan '09 on our website. We list thousands of trucking jobs here!

The DOT Physical for Truck Drivers

by TruckerMike

I just had my DOT physical today before attending truck driving school and thought I'd let you know what it's like.

Women In Trucking: Tips For Safety and Comfort

by Rhonda

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.

I Quit! ...You're hired! My First Trucking Company Prehire!

by TruckerMike

Landing a pre-hire is a really big deal and I now have my first. It's not a guarantee of employment, but close.

2.6 Million Job Losses in 2008: It's Time To Turn To Truck Driving

by Brett Aquila

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!

Will Layoffs In The Trucking Industry Affect New Drivers?

by Brett Aquila

Layoffs in the trucking industry do not often affect the drivers, and a slow economy can actually help student drivers find work!

Tractor Trailer Brakes On Fire!

by Rhonda

A great story about trying to get a semi stopped whose brakes were on fire - and then we couldn't get the fire out!

Preparing Myself for a Truck Driving Career

by TruckerMike

I'm getting ready to begin truck driver training and here's what I've done leading up to the start of school.

An Icy Night On The Prairie

by Rhonda

Truck driving across the frozen prairie is what seperates the real truckers from the rest, and this night was one of the worst.

To Fuel or Not To Fuel? It is to Question.

by Pappy

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.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VIII: Talking With The Right People

by Brett Aquila

In this popular blog series on choosing a truck driving job, we discuss who you should talk to, and what questions you should ask.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VII: Tankers and Flatbeds

by Brett Aquila

In part 7 of our series on choosing a truck driving job, we talk about pulling flatbeds and tankers vs dry vans and refrigerated.

Choosing a CDL Truck Driving School - The First Challenge

by TruckerMike

Some excellent, well-researched advice regarding finding the right truck driving school and getting your CDL training.

The Magical, Mystical “Hot Load”.

by Pappy

We all learn lessons the hard way sometimes. This blog will help new truck drivers avoid learning one themselves.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VI: Dry Van and Refrigerated Companies

by Brett Aquila

Part 6 in a very popular series about choosing a truck driving job. Here we cover dry van and refrigerated trucking companies.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part V: Comparing Large Trucking Companies To Small Ones

by Brett Aquila

Part 5 in a very popular blog series about how to choose the best trucking company. Compares large companies to small ones.

Keep Entertained While You're Out There On The Road

by Pappy

There are a lot of fun things to do on the road during your downtime. Here's a few ideas.

Finding A Positive Perspective On Being A Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Negative opinions about being a truck driver are everywhere on the net. We'll discuss why that is, and where to find the positives!

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part IV: Advantages of Large Trucking Companies

by Brett Aquila

There are many advantages to working for a large trucking company. Part IV of our popular blog series covers a ton of them!

Why I'm Finally Becoming A Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

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.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part III: How Your Family and Lifestyle Will Affect Your Choice

by Brett Aquila

A popular blog regarding choosing a truck driving job. It includes many factors, especially your family, personality, and lifestyle.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part II: You and "Your People" Are The Most Important Factor

by Brett Aquila

A well-known blog on choosing the right truck driving job. Outlines which factors affect your happiness and success the most.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part I: Factors That Affect All Companies

by Brett Aquila

First part in a very popular series about finding the right truck driving job and trucking company for new and experienced truck drivers alike.

Thank God it wasn't me.

by Pappy

A cold December morning. Christmas card perfect. But the highway is always dangerous and today was no different.

So You're Thinking About Becoming An Owner-Operator?

by Brett Aquila

Many people consider owning their own truck. In this article we'll discuss the difficulties involved.

Getting to know me...

by Pappy

My life and my career as a truck driver

So You're Thinking About Becoming A Truck Driver?

by Brett Aquila

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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