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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.

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.

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.

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!

Company-Sponsored Training With Swift: My First Hand Experience

by Dave

I recently completed Swift Transportation's company-sponsored training program and here's what the experience was like for me.

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.

Truck Driver Training: The Beginning

by BlueHillsTrucker

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

CDL Training Has Begun For 'The Blue Hills Trucker'

by BlueHillsTrucker

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

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.

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.

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.

OTR Training- Week 1: Patience and Perseverance

by lucky13

CDL training will test you in so many ways, and it will go far beyond your ability to drive a truck. It will also test your patience and perseverance.

Learning How To Back Up A Big Truck

by TruckerMike

Learning how to back up a big rig is no easy task, but a few tips and tricks here from a trainer can really make it a lot easier.

Financing Options For Truck Driving School

by Tanya Bons

Options for funding your tuition to truck driving school include grants, student loans, sponsored training, tuition reimbursement, and many more.

Trying To Teach Proper Driver Forecasting

by TruckerMike

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

Types of Trainers and How to Deal With Them

by TruckerMike

CDL trainers have a vast array of personalities and techniques for training students. Here are some personality types you'll find and how to deal with each

A Trainer's Perspective On Teaching Students How To Shift

by TruckerMike

I recently became a certified CDL instructor and I was given my first students to train on shifting gears. Here's the story, and some advice for newbies

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

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.

Finding A Career I'm Passionate About

by TaoTrucker

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

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 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.

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

More Boot Camp Stories From My Time In A Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

by SharBear

Going through a company-sponsored CDL training program is no bed of roses. Here are some of my experiences and some challenges you can expect to face.

Why Do People Decide To Get Into Truck Driving?

by Driver Solutions

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

The Boot Camp Known As Company-Sponsored Training

by SharBear

Company Sponsored CDL training can be a lot like boot camp. Prepare to have your self worth, dignity, brains, abilities, and patience tested.

Remembering My Earliest Days Of Trucking School

by Brett Aquila

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

When Will I Know If Trucking Was The Right Career Choice?

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver is a big career choice. When will you know if you belong in trucking, or if you should walk away? Read on - we'll let you know

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part III - The CDL Exam

by Brian Laine

We covered the operation of a big rig and took a drive, now I'll cover taking the CDL exam and share thoughts about the process of getting your CDL.

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part II

by Brian Laine

In part I of intro to truck driving we talked about some mechanical aspects of big rigs. Now we'll cover a little more and take one for a drive.

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part I

by Brian Laine

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

On The Road In Training With Ringo

by Rick Huffman

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

Truck Driving School Part IV - Taking The CDL Exam

by Rick Huffman

It was time to take the CDL exam and all of us were very nervous. Most of us failed our first attempt and the pressure was on to pass and get our CDL.

Trucking School Part III - Boot Camp

by Rick Huffman

Backing up a truck and learning to shift are two key elements at truck driving school, but some patient instructors are helping our class immensely.

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

by Rick Huffman

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

Attending Truck Driving School Part I

by Rick Huffman

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

Becoming An American Trucker

by Rick Huffman

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

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.

Truck Driving Career Seen As Strong For Next Decade

by Brett Aquila

A recent story by NPR shows that truck driving will be one of the fastest growing, best paying careers requiring little training for the coming decade

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 9 - He's Done!

by rbradyjohnsen

CDL training has been more pressure and more difficult than we expected. Getting your CDL is no picnic. In fact, it can be grueling at times.

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 CDL Training - Part 7

by rbradyjohnsen

Life on the road has been difficult for Randy, and having a husband that's an over the road truck driver is horrible. He's due for home time soon.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 6

by rbradyjohnsen

CDL training has been very tough and now Randy is about half way through. The stories are amazing and learning to drive truck is stressful as can be.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 5

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy and his road trainer returned to the CDL school and took advantage of some down time. There was a crazy DUI incident at the school this week.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 4

by rbradyjohnsen

Phase one CDL training is about half way over with and it's a roller coaster of emotions. Some days he loves his new trucking career, but not others.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 3

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy has been on the road in CDL training for a short time and life on the road is challenging. The time apart is tough for us. Trucking is not easy.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 2

by rbradyjohnsen

It's my husband's second day of CDL training on the road running team with a trainer. Life on the road is a lot of stress but still very exciting.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy just started phase I CDL training out on the road with his trainer. It's a lot of pressure but very exciting at the same time to be on the road

Advice For Couples Regarding Truck Driving

by rbradyjohnsen

Becoming a truck driver is a stressful, difficult process - especially for couples. Here's some advice for couples considering getting into trucking.

Advice For Truck Driving School Students

by rbradyjohnsen

This is what I've learned from the perspective I've gained as my husband went through the classroom training in truck driving school.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 20 And 21

by rbradyjohnsen

Being out on the road during CDL training can be incredibly stressful at times, but also has the feel of a vacation at the same time.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 18 And 19

by rbradyjohnsen

Almost three weeks into truck driving school and this CDL training is high pressure and intense. It's difficult, and there's a lot to deal with.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 16 And 17

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driver training is always filled with a lot of pressure and uncertainty. That is what has made his accomplishments so special.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 13, 14 And 15

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driving school is filled with anxiety and tension. Passing his road test has Randy feeling quite relieved and anxious to begin road training.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 12

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy took his driving test at CDL school today and called me with the results. I was up all night emailing unemployment records for his company.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 11

by rbradyjohnsen

The pre-trip inspection test is today, and the road test is tomorrow. It's day 11 of CDL training and things are getting more stressful for everyone.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 10

by rbradyjohnsen

Ten days into CDL training and the fast pace continues. They are driving more, but the quizzes and the pressure of their CDL training continues.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 9

by rbradyjohnsen

As hard as you think becoming a truck driver will be, it's even harder. I've lost ten pounds from the stress of CDL training in the past few weeks.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 8

by rbradyjohnsen

We're into the second week of trucking school and things are still moving along very quickly! They are getting ready for their driving test very soon.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 7

by rbradyjohnsen

Well, it's been one week since Randy left for CDL training, and what a week it's been. It went by fast for him, it felt more like a month to me.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 5

by rbradyjohnsen

I can't believe my husband's been at truck driving school less than a week, it feels like a month. His CDL training has been fast-paced and tough.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 4

by rbradyjohnsen

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

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 3

by rbradyjohnsen

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

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 2

by rbradyjohnsen

The pace of CDL training at trucking school has started out very fast and it's been a tough adjustment in lifestyle for both my husband and myself.

Randy At Truck Driving School - Day 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Well, I spoke to Randy for nearly an hour last night about his first full day at truck driving school, and it was a 12-hour marathon starting at 7 am.

First Week of Company-Sponsored Schooling

by Wagonwheel

I've just completed my first week of truck driving school and what a week it has been! We covered backing, pre-trips, got our CDL permit, and more!

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.

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

by Murray

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

Oh Where, Oh Where Did the Wolfie Go?

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

After many long weeks my CDL schooling is coming to an end and it appears I've landed my first truck driving job. Oh happy days!

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.

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 Time Has Come: I'm Heading To Orientation

by Peter Jr

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

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

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

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

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

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

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

On The Road Again: Week 2, Day 3 of CDL Training

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

Today there were several activities, including speaking to a few recruiters, pre-trip inspections, backing practice, and a short trip on the highway.

It's Time to Ride

by Allan Burden

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

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

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

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

The First Week Of My CDL Training

by Adrian "Old Wolf" Nunenkamp

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

by Peter Jr

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

CDL Training in Illinois - Illinois Secretary of State Certified Schools

by Tanya Bons

When shopping for a truck driving school in Illinois, smart students do their research. Choosing a Secretary of State Certified School is important.

After Several Pre-Hires I've Made My Choice - I'm Headed To Truck Driving School

by Ranting Warrior

After several pre-hires, well, it wasn't an easy decision, but I finally made my choice. I'm headed off to truck driving school. Here's the scoop.

Recruiters, Companies, and Schools - Choosing The Right Path Into Your Trucking Career

by Ranting Warrior

Its funny how much getting started in trucking is so similar to getting started in the military. It takes much thought and soul searching for both.

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!

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.

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 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.

CDL Training Week Two - Finding Out Which Of Us Will Make It Through

by Peter Jr

Ah, week two. The magical week that separates the truck drivers from the…well…not truck drivers? This is where the rubber meets the road.

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!

Our CDL Training Takes Us Outside to the Truck Backing Range

by Scott.P

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

Truck Driving 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.

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

by Scott.P

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

Truck Driving School: First Day at Central Refrigeration Training

by Scott.P

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

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

by TruckerMike

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

CDL Training - Our Training Truck Breakdown!

by TruckerMike

We prepared for our CDL test by training in a certain truck but it broke down! Panic! Truck driving school can be stressful for sure!

CDL Training - Hopefully Taking The CDL Test This Week

by TruckerMike

Our CDL test looms on the horizon - just a few days til I'll have my CDL. Truck driving school has been fun but I'm ready to get out on the road!

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.

CDL Training - One Test Down, Two More Remaining

by TruckerMike

In this blog, TruckerMike explains how he passed his pre-trip inspection exam, but the instructor and the test were really tough!

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.

CDL Training - Approaching Test Day

by TruckerMike

The start of week 4 means testing time for our CDL student in truck driver training. Here Mike blogs about nerves before test time.

CDL Training - Getting Ready for Test Day

by TruckerMike

Well our CDL exams are getting near and here's how we're preparing for the big day.

CDL Training - White Knuckle Driving on City Streets

by TruckerMike

During his third week of CDL training the school has brought the challenges up a notch and it's on to the city streets we go!

CDL Training - Learning a Few Tricks to Driving a Big Rig

by TruckerMike

Half way through the 3rd week of his CDL school, our own TruckerMike is getting the feel for the truck and making progress!

CDL Training - Confidence is Building and Another Pre-Hire Recieved!

by TruckerMike

This wraps up week two of my adventure in truck driving school. I'm having a great time sharing my experiences with everyone!

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 Driving With a Trailer!

by TruckerMike

We've been bobtailing around the yard but today was our first day on the road pulling a trailer. Wow!

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!

My 4th and 5th Day of Truck Driving School - Passing My CDL Written Exams!

by TruckerMike

We just completed our first week of truck driving school and I passed the exam to get my permit! Let me tell you how it went.

CDL Training - My Third Day of Truck Driving School!

by TruckerMike

Day three in CDL school brought air brakes, a trip out to the truck to learn hands on, and anticipation of Friday's permit exam!

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!

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