Articles Tagged "Driver Responsibilities"

The Complete Guide To Pulling A Chemical Tanker

by Brett Aquila

Pulling a chemical tanker is dangerous business. How dangerous? Does it pay more? Is there a lot of manual labor involved? We'll cover it all.

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.

The Natural Progression Of A Truck Driver's Career

by Old School

Is becoming an owner operator really a step up in your trucking career or are you walking off a cliff? What is the pinnacle of success in trucking?

Keepin' Your Cool: Managing Road Rage

by Brett Aquila

Even professional drivers get angry with other drivers sometimes. You have to keep it under control. We'll explain the dangers of road rage and how to prevent it.

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.

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.

Two Types Of Tractor-Trailer Jackknives, And How To Deal With Them

by Brett Aquila

How do jackknives happen, and what should you do? How can truck drivers avoid locking their wheels and jackknifing on slippery roads?

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.

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.

Distracted Driving For Truck Drivers: The Penalties And Risks

by Brett Aquila

Distracted driving is a serious issue that is now defined and regulated by the DOT. We'll discuss the definition, penalties, and risks involved.

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?

12 Tips To Help Drivers Stay Awake Longer

by Brett Aquila

Staying awake and alert for long periods of time is critical if you want to be a safe, productive driver. Here are some tips for staying awake longer.

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.

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

by Patrick Netzel

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Truck Driver Training: The Beginning

by BlueHillsTrucker

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

The Unexpected Call

by TruckersWife09

Home time is precious to an over the road driver and their family, and it's painful when it gets cut short by an unexpected call from the company.

Welcome To The Life

by TruckersWife09

Home time for truckers is always special, but it's not always easy to get reacquainted. Everyone has different hopes and needs which can be hard to balance

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

The Sleep Apnea Witch Hunt

by Tanya Bons

Sleep apnea is a big topic in the trucking industry, but is it justified? Or is it a money-making scheme for the insurance companies and medical industry?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

My First Day Of Orientation

by JakeCat22

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

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.

My First Time Leasing A Truck - The Adventure Begins

by Corporal Clegg

I signed the lease agreement with my company and for the first time I head out onto the highway in my leased tractor trailer. Now the adventure begins

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.

Getting Ready To Lease A Truck

by Corporal Clegg

To lease a truck, become an owner operator, or be a company driver is a question I've pondered and I've decided to lease. Here's my 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

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.

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.

New Rules: Going Back To Truck Driving School

by Angelique

Truck drivers in Europe now must pay to have additional schooling in order to maintain their status as truck drivers. Will this be coming to the U.S.?

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!

Questions and Answers for a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Here are the answers to 17 questions about being a truck driver I'd like to share with anyone who may be interested in becoming a truck driver.

On The Road In Training With Ringo Part 2

by Rick Huffman

On the road in training driving flatbed was very rough the first couple weeks. My fingers were numb, I ached all over, and the mountains were intimidating

What I Learned 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.

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

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?

A New Era For The Knights Of The Road

by Carl Smith

Truck drivers were once known as 'Knights of the Road' and had people's respect. We've lost that reputation, here's why, and here's how we get it back

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: What Is The Qualcomm?

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?

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.

My 33rd Anniversary In Transportation

by Rhonda

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

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 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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

Leaving Home

by TruckerMike

Leaving home is often the hardest part of being a truck driver, especially after the holidays. This time was worse. I had to leave on the holiday.

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.

Trucking Back To Dallas

by Rhonda

I make a lot of trucking runs to Dallas, TX and usually it's a two day affair. I'm getting ready to head out again and I'm hoping things will go well

Things That Irritate Truck Drivers

by TruckerMike

Previously I spoke about what truck drivers do on the road that irritates 4-wheelers. This post will help people understand what irritates truckers.

Why Do Truck Drivers Do That?!?

by TruckerMike

This post is mainly for all of you out there who have never driven a truck before. People always have questions, so this will serve as a trucker's FAQ

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.

A trucking radio show you may want to listen to...

by Murray

I heard a new CDL student attending truck driving school suggest something to a driver trainer about truckers, and the instructor was not too pleased!

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.

You're Worth More

by Karen

Truck drivers, to me, deserve more because I’m watching them make it all happen every day. Better pay and better treatment from trucking companies.

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.

Love or Infidelity? It's Your Responsibility!

by Karen

There’s a comfort in knowing that all is ok while being in the same room with the one you love in total silence. Never forget how lucky you are.

Stormy Weather In Trucking

by Rhonda

With the change of seasons comes another area of concern for all travelers of the highways - storms with hail, high winds and tornadoes.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

Potty Break....

by Karen

After traveling with my husband in his big rig I noticed that there are a lot of things I'm concerned about, and this is a big one.

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...

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!

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!

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 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.

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.

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...

Freeing Frozen Trailers After The Ice Storm

by Rhonda

After a brutal ice storm swept through the area it was time to get out there and break all of the trailers free from the ice!

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.

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!

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.

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