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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.

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.

Items To Pack And Other Considerations For Husband And Wife Teams

by Becky Prestwich

If you're considering the idea of trucking as a husband and wife team there are a lot of things to consider regarding items to pack and everyday living.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are Drivers Too Expensive?

by Angelique

My name is Angelique and I'm from The Netherlands where our international drivers are losing their jobs to lower paid Eastern European drivers.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

Women Truck Drivers

by Rhonda

The American public sees more and more women behind the wheel of a big rig and they must surely think this is a new thing for women. Not even close!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Women on the Road - Preparing for the Trip - Part 2

by Tumbleweed

For women truck drivers, you have to know the right things to bring on the road with you. Here's a great list of things I had with me!

Women on the Road - Preparing for the Trip - Part 1

by Tumbleweed

Women truck drivers are common nowadays but the list of things you need to bring on the road is hard to come by so I've made one for ya.

Meal Time Can Be Tough For Women Truck Drivers

by Rhonda

You would think that getting served a simple meal would be no big deal. Well, for women truck drivers, it's not always that simple.

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.

This Really Burns Me...Bad News About Driving in the Fog!

by Tumbleweed

Why is it that people want to place the blame elsewhere for their own mistakes. This is one tragic example in trucking.

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!

Chicago At Christmas 2005 Day 2

by Rhonda

Ah yes, driving truck through infamous Chicago. There's never anything easy about it - especially in the winter at Christmas!

Chicago At Christmas 2005 Day 1

by Rhonda

There is nothing easy about driving truck in Chicago. But it's especially bad in the winter, and at Christmas time of all things!

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!

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!

Another Ice Story

by Rhonda

A major winter storm has hit a number of states leaving a thick layer of ice on everything! What a mess to deal with!

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.

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