At TruckingTruth, our entire purpose is to help people who are interested in becoming truck drivers and those who are new to the industry understand the realities of being a truck driver a bit better - and survive that first year! Chances are, you can help by simply hosting your own blog on our site! Why would you want to do that? Well, if just helping other people out isn't enough, how about having the chance to make money??? I'll tell you how it works in a minute. But first, let me tell you who we're looking for and why.
Who Are We Looking For?
There are several different groups of people we are looking for:
People who are preparing to go to truck driving school
People currently in truck driving school
Drivers that are new to the industry
Experienced and retired drivers
Well, that pretty much covers the spectrum, doesn't it? You bet it does. Here's how each of you can help:
People Who Are Preparing To Go To Truck Driving School or Have Already Begun Their Schooling
How can you help? In a big way! As you already know, one of the biggest questions people ask when trying to determine if they should become a truck driver is "What will it take to become a truck driver?" Well, we'd love to follow along with your endeavor! It would be a tremendous opportunity for those coming behind you to be able to follow along with your story and ask you questions about your journey as you make your way through the process of finding a truck driving school, attending school, getting your CDL license, finding that first truck driving job, going out on the road with a trainer, and finally going solo in your own truck! You know the questions!
What is the schooling actually like?
How hard are the tests?
What is it like trying to back up a truck?
What was it like the first time you every drove a big rig?
Is it hard finding your first job?
and a ton of other questions!....
Well, now you get the chance to help people find out! It will be a ton of fun sharing your story, answering questions, and blazing the trail for those who are following close behind!
Drivers That Are New To The Industry
Oh man, is your help ever needed! Students and future students are dying to know what it is like when you first get out there??? Well, nobody knows better than you! Now you can help everyone coming behind you avoid some mistakes, know what to expect, and find out first hand what life is like in your first year on the road. That first year is a crazy one! There's so much to learn, so much to look out for, and more than anything (at least for me, anyhow) was how crazy and exciting it is!!! I loved my 15 years on the road, and that first year back in 1993 stays fresh in my mind like it was yesterday! I remember more from that first year than any other year of my life - including last year! LOL! It really was amazing and overwhelming! So why don't you share your thoughts with the group behind you and let 'em know what awaits them just a short time down the road!
Experienced and Retired Drivers
Like I really need to tell you guys where you fit in here! You guys and gals have been through it and you know what it's like getting started in the trucking industry. And I'll bet a million bucks you would do a lot of things differently if you knew then what you know now. Of course you would! And so would I. Believe me, so would I. That's why I started this site and that's why I'm asking for your help. Not because I need it, but because they need it! I can't think of anything I've ever done that took longer to learn and understand than life on the road. You know what I'm saying - scheduling, routing, logging, traffic, weather, laws, dispatch, equipment, and everything else. You'll get a chance to talk about anything you'd like to talk about - because it all will help a ton!
What Restrictions Would There Be?
Fortunately, very few. First of all, I would rather we didn't specifically mention trucking company or school names. This isn't one of those sites where everyone goes to complain about their company. We're here to help people out. Complaining that your company stinks and your dispatcher is a jerk doesn't help anyone. LOL! So no names is a rule I'd like to stick with.
What Can We Blog About?
Anything and everything! Your thoughts, feelings, insights, ideas, and opinions on anything regarding the trucking industry are all in play. Listen, at TruckingTruth we don't belong to any organizations or promote any hidden agendas. This site is about giving people the raw, honest truth as we believe it to be about everything regarding a career in the trucking industry. You can discuss anything, including:
Choosing A Trucking School
Choosing A Trucking Company
Debating Company Policies
Debating Hiring Practices and Minimum Requirements
Discussing The Training Drivers Get (or don't get)
Debating DOT Laws and Procedures
and whatever else pertaining to trucking you think needs addressing!....
$$$ So You Say I Can Get Paid For Doing This??? $$$
You better believe it! Since this blogging platform is being hosted on TruckingTruth, we can set the rules. Well, we've decided that anyone who would like to blog for us can place their own Google ads on their posts alongside of our ads. The system is automated so that all you'll have to do is write your post, hit "publish", and your ad will be displayed on your posts. That way the money goes straight into your account and not through ours. You can monitor your own ad account to see how often the ads are being displayed, how often they are clicked on, and of course how much money you are making. The more you write and the better your writing is, the more ads you'll have out there, the more they'll be displayed, and the more money you'll make! Simple as that!
So What's The Catch?
There's no catch! I'd love to elaborate on this, but there's no catch! What else can I say? LOL!
I'm getting ready to create a page that shows our own charts and graphs of our traffic, but for now (12/02/2008) I'll just have to tell you that we are at a rate of almost 18,000 visits per month from over 10,000 unique visitors, and growing fast! For now, check out our unique visitor stats at compete.com which is an independent web statistics tracker. Now how's that for growth??? And that's nothin'! I expect that number to hit over 25,000 unique visitors per month by Feb or March 2009! So the sooner you get on board, the more posts you'll have out there, the better your Google search results will be, and the more money you'll make down the road!
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Department Of Transportation
A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.
State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.
Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager
The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Hours Of Service
HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Operating While Intoxicated
When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.
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.
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TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.
Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.