Articles By Old School

Do Real Truckers Drive Automatic Transmissions?

Is shifting gears an essential part of being a real trucker? Aren't you a little less of a trucker if you're driving an automatic? Is this important in today's industry?

What Should I Expect To Learn From My Trainer?

I went through a lot of difficulties at the start of my trucking career. I hope to show you can still succeed and enjoy this career even after a rough start.

Top Tier Truck Drivers Operate Like Great Business Owners

Top level truck drivers handle their job like great business owners. They apply the same principles while making big efforts and sacrifices in order to succeed.

Show Me The Money!

Truck driving is one of the best paying blue collar jobs out there, but you have to know what it takes to make great money out there. Let me explain...

Don't You Dare Miss That Sign

Truck drivers must learn to read every sign on the highway. This article will help you understand how many ways signs are critical to truck drivers.

Some Of The Toughest Obstacles Rookie Truck Drivers Face

Getting through your first year in trucking is a real challenge for everyone. Here are some of the toughest obstacles you'll face as a rookie driver.

Four Traps That New Truck Drivers Fall Into

There are four common traps that new drivers fall into, and it often means the end of their career before it really got started. Don't fall for these.

How To Maximize Your Pay During A Time Of High Driver Demand

Demand for drivers is at an all time high, so what can you do to take advantage of this trend and earn the big money? This is what you should do.

Do I Have What It Takes To Be A Successful Truck Driver?

Choosing the right trucking company is not the key to success. Being a great driver is. You'll be happy anywhere. Here's what it takes to make it in trucking.

Old School Responds To Criticisms After Busting The Free Agency Myth

Old School wrote an article dispelling the free agency myth in trucking and received an irate response. Here is Old School's reply to the criticism.

Should Drivers Refuse To Work For Companies With Forced Dispatch?

Forced dispatch means a driver can not refuse a load assignment. Is this fair? Should a driver have that right?

According To Dispatch, 1 Out Of 5 Drivers Does A Great Job

Do you know what it takes to be successful in trucking? Are you willing to compete? Are you capable of performing at a high level? Here is what it takes.

Trucking Is A Competition Between Drivers. Can You Hang With The Big Dogs?

It's not a huge stretch to compare the trucking industry, a completely performance based enterprise, to the business of professional sports.

Busting The Free Agent Myth In Trucking

New drivers think they'll be free agents after graduating from school but there's more to the story they don't understand.

I'm A Trucker. What's Your Superpower?

A really good trucker is a Superhero in my estimation. They do things that most people are completely incapable of.

What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver

A Top Tier Driver is an elite professional who is in high demand and makes great money. What makes them the elite? Find out here.

Confessions Of An Owner Operator

Most owner operators famously exaggerate their profitability numbers, but a few gave us the real scoop, and here's what they had to say...

The Hardest Part of Starting a Trucking Career

Driving the truck isn't the hardest part about getting your career started in trucking. The bad information out there is the biggest problem for most new drivers.

Prudence Seems To Be Lacking In Some Rookie Truck Drivers

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

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?

What Is This Thing We Call Trucking?

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.

When Is The Right Time To Become An Owner Operator Or Lease A Truck? Never.

At TruckingTruth we recommend against becoming an owner operator or leasing a truck. The risks are high and the rewards are few, if any. Here's our thinking on the matter.

How To Get Yourself Dispatched 5,000 Miles In One Week

Getting as many miles as you can handle as a truck driver means learning how to manage your clock and take initiative.

Dealing With Homesickness, And Staying Focused On Being A Succesful Truck Driver

How do truck drivers deal with homesickness? Advice for truck drivers on coping with being away from friends and family on the road.

One Critical Piece To The Puzzle Of Success In Trucking

Being successful in trucking takes a good understanding of how the industry works. Here is one critical piece of that puzzle.

Your Trainer Will Test You On Far More Than Just Your Driving Skills

As a rookie truck driver you're going to face enormous challenges and be tested continuously. I learned a great lesson about how tough CDL training can be.

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