Articles By Brett Aquila

Why Small Trucking Companies Are Often A Disaster Waiting To Happen

Small trucking companies are often hanging on by a thread because it's nearly impossible to survive as a small company in a commodity business. Here's why.

The Employment Market For Truck Drivers Is Hyper Competitive

According to recruiters at major trucking companies, the demand for truck drivers is extremely high and recruiting environment is hyper competitive.

The Complete Guide To Pulling A Chemical Tanker

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.

Keepin' Your Cool: Managing Road Rage

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.

Why I Prefer Paid CDL Training Over Private CDL Training

I feel paid cdl training, or company-sponsored training, has several advantages over a private truck driving school. I'll cover the differences and my reasons in this article.

Drivers Share Their Biggest Misconceptions And Surprises About A Career In Trucking

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

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 At Night Versus During The Day - What Should Your Strategy Be?

Some prefer driving at night, others during the day. So what's the most effective strategy for truck drivers? Check this out.

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

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

What Are The Best Types Of Freight For A Rookie To Haul?

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.

CDL Training During The Winter: Good Idea Or Impending Doom?

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.

Distracted Driving For Truck Drivers: The Penalties And Risks

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?

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?

A Story About The Highs And Lows Of Life On The Road

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.

12 Tips To Help Drivers Stay Awake Longer

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.

Your Mirrors May Hold The Key To Predicting The Future

Watching your mirrors is almost as important as watching out the windshield. If you're watching closely you will almost never be caught off guard.

Leasing A Truck: Do The Rewards Justify The Risks?

Trucking companies often make owning or leasing a truck sound like a sure path to riches. But a closer look reveals it isn't nearly that simple.

How Do I Know If Truck Driving Is For Me?

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.

You Won't Get Anywhere In Trucking If You Can't Get Along With Your Support Personnel

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.

Private Schooling Versus Company-Sponsored: The Basic Differences

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

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!

The Story Of Why So Many Rookie Drivers Fail And How To Avoid It

I've watched countless truck driving careers ruined before they ever got off the ground. Here's the story of how it happens and what you can do to avoid it.

The Biggest Mistake New Drivers Make When Speaking With Recruiters

Recruiters in the trucking industry are a valuable resource, but drivers make one big mistake when speaking with recruiters. Here's what it is...

2 Mental Mistakes That Cost Drivers Their Sanity...And Maybe More

For truck drivers, life on the road is a roller coaster ride that can send you off the deep end. Here's a couple of common mistakes I hope you can avoid.

A Look In The Mirror

If each truck driver would be a true professional...dress well, work with pride, talk kindly...the American public would respect us once again.

Solitude Becomes Every Truck Driver's Heaven Or Hell

Isolation from loved ones may be the hardest part of trucking. Sadly, returning home may not end that isolation. It may just reveal the worst consequences.

How To Cut Through The Negativity And Choose The Right Trucking Company To Start Your Career

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?

Passing The CDL Road Test: What Are CDL Examiners Looking For?

What are the CDL examiners looking for when you're taking your road test? Here are some important factors that will determine whether or not you'll pass.

Rookie Drivers: Time Management Tips And Mileage Goals

For rookie truck drivers, time management skills are critically important to making good money and being safe out there. Here are some important tips.

Remembering My Earliest Days Of Trucking School

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?

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

Which CDL Endorsements Should I Get?

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

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

Regulation and Scrutiny Of Truck Drivers Increasing Steadily

A recent announcement by the FMCSA shows that there will be even greater scrutiny for truck drivers and trucking companies coming very soon.

New Truck Drivers: Beware of Rocking The Boat

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?

Trucking Safety: What Exactly Is The Golden Rule?

Trucking driving safety is the most important aspect of life on the road, and safety can be boiled down to one golden rule - let's see what it is.

Enduring The Rookie Treatment In Trucking

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.

Truck Drivers Must Be Flexible, Committed, and Adaptable

Truck driving is more of a lifestyle than a career. You have to dedicate yourself to it and live it.

Hiring In Truck Driving and Today's Economy

Is now a good time to become a truck driver? The economy is still slow, but truck driving jobs are readily available. How long will this last?

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

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.

Where Can New Drivers Turn For Hope In This Economy?

Truck driving is looked upon as the last great hope for many Americans who have lost work. Where would I look for work in trucking today?

Truck Driving Jobs Increasing Slightly - Student Truck Drivers Finding Work

CDL students are having success in this bad economy getting accepted into company sponsored CDL training programs and landing truck driving jobs.

Getting Real About The Trucking Industry and How Things Really Are

Many people become truck drivers will false ideas about the truck driving industry and lifestyle. Here, we're going to set you straight!

Passing Your CDL Test: Our Free Practice Tests and Advice Will Make It Much Easier!

Passing the written CDL test can be challenging, but taking our free online CDL practice tests and getting a bit of advice here will surely help!

Truck Driving School 2009: Will The Poor Economy Still Offer Truck Driving Jobs For Students?

Truck driving jobs pay well and getting your CDL is an option. But in this economy, will you find work? Is trucking school the right choice?

Truck Driver Training: How To Handle The Time On The Road With Your Trainer

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.

Truck Driving Will Test Your Character

Truck driving can be an incredibly fun and rewarding career - but it's not easy! Here is one trait you absolutely must have...

Tough Times In Trucking: Getting Pre-Hired Is No Guarantee

Even getting pre-hired by a trucking company before graduating from CDL training is no guarantee in this economy.

Trucking Dispatchers Wanted For Blogging

TruckingTruth is looking for trucking dispatchers and office personnel to write a blog on our site! You can even make $ doing it!

Truck Driving Jobs Increase From Dec '08 To Jan '09

Truck driving jobs have shown a noticeable increase from Dec '08 to Jan '09 on our website. We list thousands of trucking jobs here!

2.6 Million Job Losses in 2008: It's Time To Turn To Truck Driving

With 2.6 million job losses in 2008, many people need a new career with good pay and job security. Truck driving may be it!

Will Layoffs In The Trucking Industry Affect New Drivers?

Layoffs in the trucking industry do not often affect the drivers, and a slow economy can actually help student drivers find work!

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VIII: Talking With The Right People

In this popular blog series on choosing a truck driving job, we discuss who you should talk to, and what questions you should ask.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VII: Tankers and Flatbeds

In part 7 of our series on choosing a truck driving job, we talk about pulling flatbeds and tankers vs dry vans and refrigerated.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part VI: Dry Van and Refrigerated Companies

Part 6 in a very popular series about choosing a truck driving job. Here we cover dry van and refrigerated trucking companies.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part V: Comparing Large Trucking Companies To Small Ones

Part 5 in a very popular blog series about how to choose the best trucking company. Compares large companies to small ones.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part IV: Advantages of Large Trucking Companies

There are many advantages to working for a large trucking company. Part IV of our popular blog series covers a ton of them!

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part III: How Your Family and Lifestyle Will Affect Your Choice

A popular blog regarding choosing a truck driving job. It includes many factors, especially your family, personality, and lifestyle.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part II: You and "Your People" Are The Most Important Factor

A well-known blog on choosing the right truck driving job. Outlines which factors affect your happiness and success the most.

Choosing A Truck Driving Job Part I: Factors That Affect All Companies

First part in a very popular series about finding the right truck driving job and trucking company for new and experienced truck drivers alike.

So You're Thinking About Becoming An Owner Operator?

Many people consider owning their own truck. In this article we'll discuss the difficulties involved.

So You're Thinking About Becoming A Truck Driver?

Our most popular blog! If you've ever wondered about a career in truck driving and whether or not it's for you, this is the place to start!

Free Truck Driving Schools: The Numbers Are Growing

If you're looking for free, or no-money down, truck driver training, this is a great place for you to find companies that offer this service!

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