Article Category: Stories Of The Road

Prudence Seems To Be Lacking In Some Rookie Truck Drivers

by Old School

Prudence is critical when it comes to surviving your first year as a truck driver, but it's something many people seem to be lacking. Here's a good example.

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.

The Best Laid Plans Usually Fall To Pieces

by Becky Prestwich

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

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.

Living And Working Together On The Road

by Becky Prestwich

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

The Ups And Downs Of Life On The Road

by Becky Prestwich

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

Getting Started - and Schooled

by Becky Prestwich

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

The Big Decision

by Becky Prestwich

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

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.

Voyager Voyeur - A Glimpse At Life From High Above

by BlueHillsTrucker

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

Look on the Blight Side

by BlueHillsTrucker

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

A Family Emergency On The Road

by Rhonda

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

Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

by Rhonda

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

Important Truths for Rookie Drivers: Surviving Your First 6 Months

by lucky13

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

My First Run As A Professional Driver

by BlueHillsTrucker

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

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

Reaching 300,000 Miles In A Big Rig

by Rhonda

Although I had never planned on driving a semi, I wound up having a great trucking career. Here's a story about the trip where I reached 300,000 miles.

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.

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

by JakeCat22

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

My First Time Driving A Rig Through The Big Apple

by JakeCat22

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

Trying To Teach Proper Driver Forecasting

by TruckerMike

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

My First Solo Run Went Better Than I Expected

by JakeCat22

My first ever solo run as a trucker went pretty well, but of course I ran into several issues and learned some good lessons right off the bat.

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!

The Weaving Driver

by Rhonda

You never know when a beautiful day for a drive can suddenly turn ugly, as it did for Rhonda in her big rig on a typical summer day in Wisconsin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Night Shift

by Angelique

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

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

by Rick Huffman

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

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!

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

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

Not Much Help For The Drivers

by Steve Rubens

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

Truck Driving Down Donner Pass

by TruckerMike

Donner Pass for truck drivers is one of the notorious places in the country for burned up brakes and fatal wrecks. My first time down was an adventure

Inside Trucking Part 3: Life On The Road

by Rhonda

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

Another Night Of Driving And A Very Close Call

by Rhonda

As a truck driver you have to be on guard at all times. Even when you're doing everything right you never know when someone will do something crazy.

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.

Pulling Another Trucking All-Nighter

by Rhonda

The boss at my trucking company called and asked if I could deliver some loads overnight. I knew this was going to be a long night on the highway.

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.

Truck Driving - Experience and Enjoyment of the Job

by TruckerMike

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

Truck Driver Appreciation Week

by TruckerMike

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

My Overweight Ticket

by Rhonda

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

Sometimes You Face Difficult Driving Challenges In Trucking

by Rhonda

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

Crazy Bus Ride to Truck Driving School

by rbradyjohnsen

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

New Truck Drivers: Beware of Rocking The Boat

by Brett Aquila

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

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?

A Sad Day For Me In Trucking

by Rhonda

It was a sad day driving truck today after finding out some really tough news and being called into work immediately afterwards.

Seeing the Other Side of the Tracks as a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

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

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

by TruckerMike

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

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

by TruckerMike

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

Truck Driving - An Office with a View!

by TruckerMike

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

My First Solo Run as a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

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

What Makes a Truck Driver: Dealing With The Stereotype

by TruckerMike

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

It's Official - My Truck Driver Training is Over

by TruckerMike

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

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.

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.

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.

Returning To Trucking After Vacation: Part Two

by Rhonda

Backing was a tough issue for me back when I was new to truck driving, and a situation like this one was a nightmare for me!

Returning To Trucking After Vacation: Part One

by Rhonda

I am just thrilled to know about the new adventure given to me - blocking 4 lanes of busy highway while trying to back the rig in. What a mess.

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.

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 Best Trip for a Truck Driver - Home.

by TruckerMike

Home time in trucking is cherished. You don't get home very often, so when you do, you love the opportunity to see everyone again. Here's what I did.

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.

Comradery - Where is it?

by Karen

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

Worst Trip in a Big Truck Yet

by TruckerMike

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

A Trucker's Day Of Bad Weather

by Rhonda

Some days you just know are going to be bad. Today was one of them. Its the last of November and there is all sorts of weather heading our way.

Adventures with a Broken Truck!

by TruckerMike

Well, it finally happened. My trainer and I are having truck problems. What a mess. It's getting fixed, finally, but here's what we had to deal with.

The Product Has To Be Made Before You Can Purchase It

by Rhonda

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

Blessings and Gifts

by Karen

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

The Tough Part of Life While on the Road

by Farmer Bob

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

Truck Stop Services - and The Lack Thereof

by Karen

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

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

by Farmer Bob

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

Trailer Of Breakfast Cereal--Getting It To You

by Rhonda

So what exactly do a truck driver's duties entail when picking up and delivering loads once they arrive at the customer? Here's an example.

Short Letters from a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Life on the road leads you to so many people and experiences that it's nice to be able to sit down and write to the ones that have left an impression.

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.

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.

My Best Trip in a Big Truck Yet!

by TruckerMike

Wow, my most recent trip was by far the best trip I've had to date. We left California late at night and were 'East Bound and Down' to Pennsylvania!

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!

A Short Poem From A Truck Driver's Wife

by Karen

This is a nice little poem by a truck driver's wife with an understanding and appreciation for truck drivers and all they go through.

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!

My First Day and Night at a Truck Stop

by TruckerMike

Being a brand new driver brings lots of new experiences, and today was my first full day and night in a truckstop in Southern California!

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.

My First Load Driving a Big Truck

by TruckerMike

Finished up orientation on Friday and by Saturday morning, I already had a trainer waiting for me at the terminal. Finally ready to roll!

Seeing The Aftermath Of A Trailer Rollover

by Rhonda

After a long day I made it to the truck stop and I was tired. Little did I know, things during the night were going to get interesting!

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.

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

by Brett Aquila

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

Life On The Road - Sometimes You Have One Of Those Weeks

by Rhonda

A lot can go wrong for truck drivers on the road, and sometimes you just have one of those weeks where it all goes wrong!

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.

The Adventureland Caper

by Rhonda

I've had my share of fun over the years on the road but this story was one of the funniest things I've ever experienced!

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.

A Bus Accident That Never Should Have Happened

by Rhonda

Back in 1979, two of us were headed to Conway, Arkansas to pick up two brand new buses. We had no idea what was about to happen.

Supper Time! Favorite Places To Eat On The Road

by Tumbleweed

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

Takin' the CDL Test

by Tumbleweed

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

Want Some Company?

by Tumbleweed

Although men are used to the question 'Do you want some company?', the women just may have to look out for it too! Read on!

From the Driver's Seat

by Tumbleweed

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

Sometimes It Just Happens!

by Tumbleweed

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

Out Of Training And On My Own

by Rhonda

I finished my training period and for the very first time I was out on my own in my own rig. It was scary, but I made it through!

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