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Do Driver Retention And Turnover Rates Matter?

This article explains why trucking companies have high turnover rates and how to avoid job-hopping in the trucking industry. It provides examples of drivers who left their companies due to personal issues, and explains why job-hopping can take away job opportunities.

Trucking Is A Lifestyle: Some Tips For Surving Life On The Road

Trucking is a unique lifestyle that requires planning and preparation for personal needs. Learn how to manage sleep, showering, and traffic delays while on the road. Understand the importance of fuel rewards cards and how to plan for personal needs while on the road.

Common Mistakes Rookie Truck Drivers Should Avoid

This article provides an overview of common mistakes new truck drivers make and how to prepare for the challenge of truck driving. It covers topics such as having the right expectations, being confident but humble, and not being a know-it-all. It also provides tips on how to stay focused and make the most of the trucking experience.

How To Survive CDL Training On The Road

Truck driving training can be intimidating, but with the right attitude and communication, you can make the most of it. Learn how to practice backing, ask for feedback, and more to get the most out of your training.

How A Strong Woman Deals With Offensive Behavior From Men

This article discusses the experience of being a female OTR driver and the men in the trucking industry. Learn how to handle inappropriate comments, stay positive, and stay safe while on the road.

Are Drop And Hooks Really Any Better Than Live Loads?

Drop and hooks can be a great way to get loads moving quickly, but they can also be time consuming and physically demanding. Learn what truck drivers need to know about drop and hooks and the challenges they can present.

How Can Truckers Protect Themselves From Being Attacked On The Road?

This article provides safety tips for truck drivers to protect themselves on the road. Learn how to be aware of your surroundings, stay visible, and use everyday items as weapons for self-defense. Understand the risks and how to stay safe in any situation.

Getting Past Your Fear Of The Unknown

Trucking can be a daunting experience for new drivers. Fear of the unknown can be a major obstacle. Learn how to tackle change, create a support network, and prepare yourself to become a successful truck driver.

What You Need To Know Before Beginning CDL Training

This article provides essential tips for potential truck drivers on how to prepare for a CDL and land a job. Learn about the requirements for a clean driving record, criminal record, drug/alcohol history, medical record, and employment history.

Stuck In A Bind: How I've Gotten Into And Out Of Some Terrible Circumstances

This article provides truck drivers with tips and advice on how to handle tricky situations while driving and how to stay calm and safe on the road. Learn how to analyze the situation, think calmly, and harness your emotions to get out of sticky situations.

Dispelling The Myths Of Team Driving

This article explores the pros and cons of team driving for new drivers. Learn the myths and realities of team driving, the lack of privacy, and the potential for increased income.

Why Some Drivers Are Treated Better Than Others

This article provides an overview of the different experiences of truck driver training and how your performance will determine your success in the trucking industry. It gives an example of two drivers who started on the same day, but had different experiences in training. It also discusses the importance of being professional, conscientious, and communicating issues effectively to be rewarded.

Trucker's Sleep: A Rare Commodity

This article provides an in-depth look at the demands of trucking, sleep patterns, and mental health. It explains the importance of understanding one's own body clock and how to fit in sleep when possible. It also discusses the 14 hour clock and how it can be a lie, and how to communicate with dispatch to ensure safety.

Budgeting Tips For CDL School & Training

This article provides financial tips for truck drivers and those in the trucking industry. It covers budgeting, paying off debt, saving money, and more.

Think Only Newbies Have Accidents? Think Again!

This article provides truck drivers with safety tips, including the correlation between experience and accidents, backing accidents, and more. It also explains why experienced drivers are more likely to have an accident and how to prevent them.

Nervous About Going Solo? You're Not Alone.

Going solo in the trucking industry can be intimidating. Learn what to expect and how to handle the challenges of being a new truck driver. Understand the fear and anxiety that comes with the job, how to navigate, and how to handle tight spaces. Get tips on how to stay calm and ask for help when needed.

Distractions Can Kill Your Career, or Worse

Truck drivers must be aware of both external and internal distractions while driving. This article provides tips to reduce distractions and stay safe on the road. It also discusses a study from the 1990s that looked at the effects of listening to music or having a conversation while driving.

Over The Road Relationships: Are They Possible?

Truck drivers and their partners face unique challenges when it comes to long distance relationships. Learn how to maintain a relationship while on the road, understand the challenges of being away from home, and how to overcome them.

The First Year Trap

TruckingTruth provides advice for first year drivers on how to make the most of their first year in the trucking industry. Learn how to avoid the First Year Trap by having the right attitude, communicating effectively, and performing well.

Failed The CDL Exam? Don't Sweat It.

Many truck drivers go into the CDL exam with a do or die attitude, but failing does not make you a loser. Learn how to stay calm, ask for help, and stay safe when taking the CDL exam.

Team Training: The Fear And Misunderstanding

Team training for truck driving can be an intimidating experience. Learn what to expect during the process, including orientation, solo driving, and team driving. Understand the importance of attitude and how to make the most of your training.

The Need for Speed Can Hurt You

This article provides tips for truck drivers on how to drive safely and efficiently. Learn how to slow down, pay attention to detail, and use Google Earth to plan routes. Additionally, learn how to navigate truck stops and customer parking lots safely and how to maximize fuel efficiency.

Trucking Is A Total Culture Shock

Trucking is a lifestyle that requires drivers to be flexible and adjust to different environments. This article explores the weather, schedule, and conveniences truckers must adjust to for success in the industry.

Scared of that Perverted, Creepy Trainer?

This article provides tips for women truckers on how to handle sexual harassment, male trainers, and other issues they may face. It also provides advice on how to protect yourself and your career, and how to accurately and immediately report any problems.

Truckers Need Extraordinary Responsibility And Self-Reliance

Trucking is a unique industry that requires a high level of personal responsibility and self-reliance. Learn how to accept responsibility for your decisions, practice and research to get the answers you need, and network with experienced drivers to excel in the trucking industry.

Finding The Motivation To Keep On Trucking

This article provides tips and tricks for truck drivers to stay motivated and achieve success. Learn how to set goals, manage time, and stay focused to reach your goals. Discover how to find motivation from within and how to avoid burnout.

The Mental Side of Trucking: Decision Making And Judgment

Truck drivers must have the ability to evaluate information and make good decisions. This article explains the importance of making good decisions and how it affects your career. It also outlines the consequences of poor judgment and decision making.

Why I'm More Than Just A Number At My Mega-Carrier

This article provides tips for truck drivers on how to build relationships with their dispatcher, other departments, and customers to perform at a high level. Get advice on being early, safe, and communicating issues to ensure success.

Sexism In Trucking From A Woman's Perspective

This article provides an insider's perspective on what it's like to be a woman trucker. It discusses sexism, loneliness, personal protection, and how to gain the respect of fellow drivers. It also explains how some companies cater to women and how productivity, not gender, is the main focus.

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