This article discusses why some people fail truck driving school and how to avoid it. It emphasizes the importance of having the right attitude, self-discipline, and the ability to keep calm under pressure. It also encourages readers to study hard and aim to be the best, not just to pass the exams.
TruckerMike shares his experience of discovering the trucking lifestyle as a child and how he eventually followed his dream of becoming a truck driver. Learn why trucking is a great career choice and how to get started.
TruckerMike shares his experience of leaving the trucking life and partnering with TruckingTruth to improve the lives of truckers nationwide. He shares his journey of becoming a full-time web programmer and how he left his trucking job on good terms. He also explains how he and Brett are passionate about helping truckers and how they plan to change the way truckers do business.
Being a CDL instructor or driver trainer is a unique experience that can teach you more about truck driving than you ever thought possible. Learn the highlights of truck driving, how to manage the lifestyle, and how to share a truck with a total stranger.
This article provides an in-depth look at the process of getting a CDL license. It covers the early start, the long wait, and the three tests that must be passed in order to receive the license.
Trucker Mike shares his tips and tricks for mastering the truck driver test. Learn the different types of backing maneuvers and how to stay within the specified boundaries. Find helpful tricks to help you pass the CDL backing exam.
This article provides an in-depth look at forecast driving, an essential skill for truckers. Learn how to time traffic lights, handle merge points, and read car language to become a safer, more professional driver.
This article covers various truck driver trainer personalities and how to manage them as a student or new driver. Advice is given on how to handle relaxed, aggressive, or emotionally charged trainers.
Become a certified CDL instructor with tips from a trainer with over two and a half years of experience. Learn how to handle stress, shift smoothly, and manage students. Discover how to help students make successful shifts, sharp turns, and how to manage stress.
Trucker Mike shares his experience of becoming a CDL instructor and training a new driver. He explains the process of the CDL training program, the challenge for trucking companies, the driver trainer contract, and the importance of quality trainers. He also discusses the misconception of CDL programs being money makers and the importance of speaking up if you have a bad CDL instructor.
TruckerMike explains what it means to be a professional truck driver. He outlines the unique skills truck drivers possess and how to handle stress while driving. He also provides tips on how to be a safe and happy driver.
Trucker Mike shares his story of how he successfully lost 45lbs without a diet or exercise while driving a truck. He used a calorie counting app and taught himself how to eat properly. Learn how he did it!
This article provides an inside look at the trucking industry in 2010. It shares the salary and benefits of a truck driver, as well as the lifestyle of a trucker. It also explains why truckers should not do it for the money.
TruckerMike answers questions about the truck driving industry, including what it's like, how to get hired, and what the job pays. He also explains the lifestyle of a truck driver, the opportunities for advancement, and the benefits of the job.
TruckerMike reflects on his first year of truck driving, discussing the freedom, independence, and challenges of the job. He has seen all of the lower 48 states, and has learned to enjoy the challenge of difficult backing situations. He also discusses the solitude of the job, and how it is not for everyone.
Trucker Mike offers first-hand experience on Donner's Pass and what it's like to drive through at night and in the snow. He also shares why it's important to stay alert and leave space when driving.
Being a truck driver is a lifestyle that is filled with challenges, incredible experiences, stress, and adventure. Learn about the owner of Springfield Underground's thoughts and why being a truck driver can be an exciting career choice.
Trucker Mike recounts his first experience driving in a snowstorm in a semi truck and the challenges he faced. He shares the lessons he learned and advises other truck drivers to drive safely in winter storms.
Truck Driver Mike shares his 8 month experience on the road, including insight into navigating cities, finding parking, and perfecting the art of backing into tight spots. Mike emphasizes the joy of truck driving and his newfound stress-free lifestyle.
Last week was National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and it's time to recognize the hard work of truck drivers. Drivers make the 'Most Dangerous Jobs in America' list, are away from friends and family, and don't get the comforts of home. Truckers do an important job and deserve recognition.
OTR truck drivers can find it difficult to manage their finances, especially when first starting out. Learn how to create a budget, navigate taxes, and save money on food, drinks, and other purchases in order to get the most out of your trucking career.
Trucker Mike encountered a pre-plan and navigational challenges on a recent trip. He dealt with a heavy weight, tight schedule, and special back-in scenarios. He enjoyed the challenge and offers tips on how to stay safe and deal with stress in the trucking industry.
Follow along as a trucker with 6 months of experience shares their informative impressions - from backing into difficult spots, to the brotherhood of truckers, and more. Cruisin' down the open road has its pros and cons!
A truck driver shares his experience over Labor Day weekend, missing his family's BBQ and getting back on the road a day early. He reflects on having to balance his time between family and work, and the difficulty of transitioning from car to truck and vice versa.
Trucker Mike shares his unique perspective of seeing all sides of America from the truck driver's seat. He talks about the beauty, as well as the slums and poverty he encountered on his route. He also expresses his sympathy for those less fortunate than him, and his wish to help them if possible.
TruckerMike shares his experience of being a truck driver and the lack of any normal bedtime for an OTR truck driver. He shares how truck drivers must plan ahead and stay within the government's hours of service regulations. Mike also mentions the most widely used drug in the trucking industry; caffeine.
Truck driving is a difficult and demanding job, but it can also be very rewarding. Learn what it takes to simplify your life and enjoy life as a truck driver. Material things will no longer matter, but the freedom of the road and the joy of working will become the norm.
TruckerMike gives his insight into being a long haul truck driver, discussing the pros and cons of the lifestyle. He talks about the importance of personal reflection, the companionship of technology, and the changes within the trucking industry.
Truck driving offers an incredible opportunity to explore America and take in its different landscapes and cultures. TruckerMike shares his experience of driving through Oklahoma and Kansas and why this job offers an amazing 'office with a view'.
This article gives tips to 4-wheelers on how to stay in good graces with truck drivers and stay safe on the road. Tips include look ahead when merging, don't pass on the right, don't hit the brakes after passing, and don't block truckers in.
This post is mainly for all of you out there who have never driven a truck before. Get answers to the most common questions about truck drivers and why they do the things they do on the road. Learn why truck drivers block traffic on the expressway, take curves slow, and more!
This truck driver shares their story of the eventful yet successful first solo run in a big truck. With a breakdown, locked door, and heavy traffic, the driver learned a lot and managed to complete their run successfully.
This article takes a deep dive into the trucking industry, where the stereotypes come from, and the truths about truckers. It provides an enlightening look at the realities of the trucking industry and why truckers don't deserve the negative stereotypes they have been given.
TruckerMike shares his experience of becoming a truck driver, from his initial research to the last days with his company trainer. He details the challenges and difficulties and the rewards of the job.
TruckerMike offers a rookie's perspective on how to stay calm, manage stress, and make the most out of the unpredictability of truck driving. Find out how to enjoy the ride and let go of the little things.
Enjoy the amazing trip of a truck driver, who experienced spectacular thunderstorms in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma. Witness the beauty of nature, feel the powerful rumble of the truck, and relax while driving through the night. Learn why this life is so special!
Trucker Mike goes into detail about his experience going on home time after being away for 10 weeks. He talks about how he took the opportunity to visit with friends and family, how it felt to drive his car again, and how he's now ready to get back on the road.
Trucker Mike shares his thoughts on surviving your company trainer. Get tips on how to adjust to your trainer's personality, how to work hard and keep a good attitude, and advice on how to handle bad days on the road.
For new truck drivers, this article provides an essential packing list of items and tips on how to save space in the truck. Items suggested include shirts, jeans, work gloves, sunglasses, toiletries, a sleeping bag, pillow, laundry bag, cell phone, laptop, and boots.
TruckerMike shares his experience on a recent trucking trip, including his experience with heavy traffic, two accidents, and poor shifting. He also shares safety tips to help other truck drivers stay safe on the road.
Trucking can be difficult with unexpected breakdowns. In this article, TruckerMike explains how he and his trainer handled a breakdown, and the resulting repair costs and downtime. He also shares advice on how to handle similar situations in the future.
Trucker Mike shares his experiences on the road and how he has been treated at different truck stops and customers. He talks about his experiences of being thanked on the highway, being treated poorly by a customer, being helped by another driver, and the appreciation he has for his family and friends.
TruckerMike writes a post about his journey as a truck driver, detailing the highs and lows of the job. He provides an honest overview of the lifestyle and encourages readers to think long and hard before entering the industry, especially if they have a family.
This article tells the story of a truck driver's hectic journey from Boston to Murfreesboro, encountering tornados, traffic jams, and heavy rains. This story teaches truckers to stay calm in difficult situations.
Truck driver TruckerMike recounts his best trip yet, which included dealing with congested traffic, tackling the Rocky Mountains, and stopping for a meal at the Big Texan in Amarillo, TX. He experienced beautiful views and faced a few dangers along the way.
Trucker Mike recently faced many challenges on his cross-country trip from Illinois to California. A slow start, high winds, and construction zones all posed unique problems. After a night of rest, they were able to continue the journey and eventually made it to Pennsylvania.
Trucker Mike gives insight into the experience of picking up a high value load from a pharmaceutical company. Security measures taken, the trip and more are shared by Mike for truck drivers to consider before undertaking a similar load.
Trucker Mike shares his story of an exciting trucking adventure while driving through the Smokey Mountains. He missed a turn and had to climb a huge hill with a full trailer. He had to shift quickly and eventually made it to the top. He also shares tips on how to float the gears.
As a rookie truck driver, TruckerMike shares his observations of the trucking industry, from funny stories heard on the CB to the unexpected twists and turns of the Ozarks. He encourages new drivers to take each change in stride, adapt to changes and enjoy the sights of the country.
Trucker Mike takes you on an adventure to a TA Truck Stop outside Los Angeles, CA to explore the unique world of truck stops. He gives insight into the showers, food, CB chatter, and more! The experience is one he won't ever forget.
Trucker Mike shares his experience as a first time truck driver. He navigates through unfamiliar cities and builds confidence while handling high winds. Read his story to learn more.
Truckers will appreciate this informative article where they can learn essential orientation and safety tips. Find out what the company views on sleep deprivation and how to deal with dispatchers. Discover important truck maintenance advice and get equipped with the right information.
TruckerMike had a much better day than yesterday. He took a quick driving test and had classes on HazMat policies, sexual harassment, load security, cargo claims, logbooks, and more. He will finish his orientation tomorrow.
Day one of orientation with a trucking company was a hectic day. From paperwork to drug tests, this article outlines what truck drivers can expect during orientation day. Get the inside scoop on the trucking industry.
TruckerMike recounts his amazing journey starting with a cancelled orientation and ending with a flight in a twin engine Cessna. A lesson in the power of networking and a chance to get a good night's sleep!
One truck driver's journey of searching for a job in a tough economy. Learn tips including applying to multiple companies and attending their CDL training school.
In this informative article, TruckerMike shares his thoughts and experiences of CDL training in Illinois, offering tips on getting a CDL license, studying for exams, and more.
This article follows a trucker's journey to get their CDL. Read about the nervousness, excitement, challenges, and lessons learned along the way!
This article provides truck drivers with tips for preparing for their CDL exam. It discusses the importance of practicing in different trucks, the need to have a proper set-up before backing, and provides advice on how to stay safe while driving.
Trucker Mike shares his experience in the trucking industry and provides tips for truck drivers before they get on the road. Learn about the importance of staying alert and getting your CDL in order before taking off.
TruckerMike experienced a cluster of issues during his pre-trip exam and shares tips to ensure a successful pre-trip exam. Learn how to prepare and what to expect when taking a pre-trip exam in the trucking industry.
Trucker Mike is getting ready for upcoming trucking tests and shares his preparation tips. He is taking all the necessary steps to ensure he passes and is ready to hit the road and make some money. Read on to learn more about Mike's journey and tips.
A truck driver shares their experience while preparing to take their pre-trip, yard skills, and road test. They share tips and advice on how to be successful and pass the tests.
Trucker Mike tells of a challenging but rewarding day of truck driving. He had to navigate tight intersections, lane changes, and more. Learn from his experience and tips to make your truck driving career the best it can be.
A trucking industry veteran shares his tips and tricks for acing the pre-trip and backing up portion of the CDL exam. He shares what he's learned from instructors, his study habits, and his tricks for successful backing up and timed stops.
TruckerMike takes his readers along on his journey to become a truck driver. From pre-trip quizzing to navigating the yard obstacle course, learn about TruckerMike's successes, challenges, and what it takes to become a truck driver.
TruckerMike shares his journey from a shaky start to mastering the truck transmission, handling turns, and navigating the obstacle course. He shares tips for those who are new to manual transmission and tries to keep everyone safe on the road.
TruckerMike shares his experiences from his trucking school and learning how to drive a truck on the road. Learn tips for pre-trip inspections, shifting, handling a trailer, and backing up correctly for successful truck driving.
Trucker Mike provides readers with an account of his first time driving a truck, including his struggles with shifting gears and mastering the brakes. He gives readers a glimpse of the process of going through the CDL-A exams, pre-trip inspections, and the obstacle course.
Trucker Mike shares his experience of taking his CDL written exams, passing all 5 tests with a 100%, and obtaining his CDL permit. He also shares the steps to take and tips to help anyone else in the trucking industry obtain their CDL permit!
Truck driver Mike shares his experience in truck driving school as the class gets ready for the CDL permit test. Learn about the camaraderie forming in the class, the challenging 50 question test, and the field trips taken to learn more about the brake system.
This article gives truck drivers and those in the trucking industry an informative overview of safe driving tips. It explains why speed and following distance are the most critical factors, and why accidents often occur in the rain. The article also addresses the importance of patience on the road.
Get practical truck driver tips from a real truck driver. Learn defensive driving tips, including winter driving, backing, turns, braking, and more.
Trucker Mike shares his experience of taking the CDL test in 4 weeks. Get tips on passing the written exam, driving on the same routes as the examiner, and taking pre-trip inspections. Trucker Mike's journey is filled with learning, studying, and preparation.
This is an informative article for truckers about the first day of CDL training. Learn about the school's teaching style, how the school works to help truckers obtain a CDL license, and the resources available to them.
DOT physicals are a requirement for truck drivers. Learn what to expect during the physical, which includes drug testing, vision and hearing tests, and a general health screening. Overall, the physical is fairly straightforward. Follow the tips provided and you should have no problems passing.
This article follows one truck driver's experience with pushing back their CDL Training School start date and pre-hiring with a trucking company. They also discuss their decision to quit their office job on good terms, filing for unemployment, and their experience with getting a passport and physicals.
TruckerMike is getting ready to start his CDL-A Training and his search for a good OTR company. He discusses what to do to prepare for a truck driving career, including smartphone and internet options, satellite TV, car expenses, and health habits.
Are you considering CDL training? In this article, readers can learn the pros and cons of both company sponsored and private schools, as well as tips on finding the right fit for their personal needs.
Are you interested in truck driving? Understand the truth about the industry and find success. Read this article to separate the negative opinions from the facts and discover your dream!
Follow Mike's story as he transitions from 9 to 5 office job to life on the open road. He shares his journey of discovering the trucking industry and his motivations for pursuing a career in the trucking industry.
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