Article Category: On The Road In Training

Why Some Drivers Are Treated Better Than Others

by Rainy

Some drivers get special favors, extra home time, more miles, and better loads than others. Why is that? We'll explain what it takes to get the best treatment.

Distractions Can Kill Your Career, or Worse

by Rainy

Distracted driving can be deadly. Rookie truck drivers have more distractions than most, often because of anxiety. This is how you avoid distraction and stay safe.

Team Training: The Fear And Misunderstanding

by Rainy

Many new drivers shy away from a company that makes new drivers run team with their mentor during training. There's no reason for concern. Here is how it works...

What Should I Expect To Learn From My Trainer?

by Old School

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.

Truckers Need Extraordinary Responsibility And Self-Reliance

by Rainy

Trucking requires a much higher level of responsibility and self-reliance than most professions out there. You have to make smart decisions and handle things yourself.

Some Of The Toughest Obstacles Rookie Truck Drivers Face

by Old School

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.

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

by Brett Aquila

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.

Important Tips When Going On The Road With A Trainer Or Going Solo

by G-Town

Going on the road with a trainer or going solo is stressful and challenging, but exciting. Here are some important tips.

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

by Brett Aquila

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.

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

by Old School

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.

My First Run As A Professional Driver

by BlueHillsTrucker

Nothing could be more exciting than climbing behind the wheel of a rig for your first run ever as a professional driver! Here's how it went for me.

A Driver Trainer's Perspective: Some Helpful Tips And Observations For Student Drivers

by TruckerMike

Being a CDL instructor is a very unique experience. I was amazed at how much I learned myself. Here are some of the highlights I picked up along the way.

OTR Training- Week 1: Patience and Perseverance

by lucky13

CDL training will test you in so many ways, and it will go far beyond your ability to drive a truck. It will also test your patience and perseverance.

Trying To Teach Proper Driver Forecasting

by TruckerMike

Being a safe truck driver is never easy. Predicting what might happen next on the highway takes years to learn and is very hard to teach a new driver.

Types of Trainers and How to Deal With Them

by TruckerMike

CDL trainers have a vast array of personalities and techniques for training students. Here are some personality types you'll find and how to deal with each

A Trainer's Perspective On Teaching Students How To Shift

by TruckerMike

I recently became a certified CDL instructor and I was given my first students to train on shifting gears. Here's the story, and some advice for newbies

I'm Becoming a CDL Instructor!

by TruckerMike

After being a solo truck driver for 2 1/2 years I've decided to become a trainer for an old college friend who is getting into trucking. Here's the scoop

Training Time Is Over And It's Time To Test

by JakeCat22

After two weeks with my trainer, I went home for three days to relax and get ready for my company road test. If I pass, I get my own truck and run solo

On The Road In Training: There's Been A Lot Of Ups And Downs

by JakeCat22

I've been on the road with my trainer and there's been a lot of ups and downs. We're learning a ton everyday, but it's not easy for me or my family.

On The Road In Training: Doing Things For The First Time

by JakeCat22

My first few days of my trucking career are off to a great start and I'm out on the road with my trainer. Everything is so new, everything is a first.

My First Days On The Road With A Trainer

by JakeCat22

After completing orientation with my first trucking company, it was time to head out on the road with a trainer for the first time, and away we went!

The Showdown With "The Colonel" - Handling My Trainer's Tirades

by Philosopher Paul

I'm finishing up CDL training with a trainer who screams in tirades and I've had to try to deal with it. But finally, the showdown between us occurred.

Dealing With Some Crazy Personalities During Training

by Philosopher Paul

You meet a lot of crazy characters in trucking, and my finishing trainer is off the charts. This guys seems more like someone you'd find in a movie.

When Will I Know If Trucking Was The Right Career Choice?

by Brett Aquila

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

On The Road In Training With Ringo Part 2

by Rick Huffman

On the road in training driving flatbed was very rough the first couple weeks. My fingers were numb, I ached all over, and the mountains were intimidating

On The Road In Training With Ringo

by Rick Huffman

My first six weeks on the road with an incredibly unique trainer were memorable times. But being home for a 'Trucker's Weekend' was not what I expected

Randy's Home Time During Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Getting home from the road is every truck driver's favorite time, and that's especially true for a driver's family, friends, and loved ones.

Randy's Phase 1 Training - Part 8

by rbradyjohnsen

Over the road trucking will really test your relationship and the time away will magnify any problems your relationship has by a thousand times.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 7

by rbradyjohnsen

Life on the road has been difficult for Randy, and having a husband that's an over the road truck driver is horrible. He's due for home time soon.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 6

by rbradyjohnsen

CDL training has been very tough and now Randy is about half way through. The stories are amazing and learning to drive truck is stressful as can be.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 5

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy and his road trainer returned to the CDL school and took advantage of some down time. There was a crazy DUI incident at the school this week.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 4

by rbradyjohnsen

Phase one CDL training is about half way over with and it's a roller coaster of emotions. Some days he loves his new trucking career, but not others.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 3

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy has been on the road in CDL training for a short time and life on the road is challenging. The time apart is tough for us. Trucking is not easy.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 2

by rbradyjohnsen

It's my husband's second day of CDL training on the road running team with a trainer. Life on the road is a lot of stress but still very exciting.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy just started phase I CDL training out on the road with his trainer. It's a lot of pressure but very exciting at the same time to be on the road

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 20 And 21

by rbradyjohnsen

Being out on the road during CDL training can be incredibly stressful at times, but also has the feel of a vacation at the same time.

Crazy Bus Ride to Truck Driving School

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driving school and changing truck driving jobs often requires a trip by greyhound bus. This is one experience you have to be ready for.

It's Official - My Truck Driver Training is Over

by TruckerMike

After months of research, a month of CDL truck driving school, and 4 months of company training, I'm going on the road as a solo company driver. Wow!

My On-The-Road Training Ends And It's Home To My Family

by Peter Jr

My CDL training is complete. Here is a recap of what training was like on the road, and what it was like to return home to my family.

Don't Let the Little Things Bother You....Just Roll On

by TruckerMike

In the past few months that I've been truck driving, I've learned one major thing - trucking can destroy you if you let it. So don't.

One Electric Ride

by TruckerMike

There are some nights when you don't want to be driving a truck. Then there are some nights when you wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world.

The Best Trip for a Truck Driver - Home.

by TruckerMike

Home time in trucking is cherished. You don't get home very often, so when you do, you love the opportunity to see everyone again. Here's what I did.

Surviving a Company Trainer

by TruckerMike

Wow, it's been two months since I hit the road with my trainer. I'll share a few of my thoughts on how to survive your trucking company trainer.

Now Where Did I Put My Red Shoes?

by Farmer Bob

After getting my CDL and going on the road with a trainer, my training time is up and there are no job openings right now. I'm going home.

Trucking Company Orientation: Not Much Fun

by Peter Jr

Basically, when going to a trucking company orientation, be prepared to be bombarded with videos, tested on your skills, and grilled about your past.

Preparing for Truck Driver Company Training - Things to Pack!

by TruckerMike

What should I pack? This has to be the number one question amongst newbies. First of all, pack as little as possible. Only the necessities...

The Time Has Come: I'm Heading To Orientation

by Peter Jr

Time for me to hit the open road, see the country, and see how many people I know are shocked when they see me hauling ass in an eighteen wheeler.

Worst Trip in a Big Truck Yet

by TruckerMike

This last trip was rather brutal. It was adventurous, frustrating, difficult, and dangerous at times, and we even saw a few things we wish we hadn't.

Adventures with a Broken Truck!

by TruckerMike

Well, it finally happened. My trainer and I are having truck problems. What a mess. It's getting fixed, finally, but here's what we had to deal with.

The Tough Part of Life While on the Road

by Farmer Bob

Even though I enjoy what I'm doing there is a down side to trucking. Keeping a relationship going while driving truck is very hard, and often lonely

More Snow? Now What's A Desert Dude to Do?

by Farmer Bob

Just when I thought it was spring time and there would be no more truckin in the snow, man was I wrong! Tire chains, tow trucks, and more adventures!

Short Letters from a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Life on the road leads you to so many people and experiences that it's nice to be able to sit down and write to the ones that have left an impression.

What's a Desert Dude Doing Driving in a Blizzard?

by Farmer Bob

I live in the desert. Blowing sand is common, and we have days when roads are closed due to blowing sand, but not snow! Oh man, here comes a blizzard!

I Love Being a Truck Driver!

by TruckerMike

It takes a very unique individual to succeed out here and hopefully this will shed a little light on the traits needed to make it in this business.

A Disaster of a Trip, but Still Worked Out in the End

by TruckerMike

Since my last trip in the big rig went so well, Karma had to balance itself out. And it didn't waste any time either! This last trip was crazy!

My Best Trip in a Big Truck Yet!

by TruckerMike

Wow, my most recent trip was by far the best trip I've had to date. We left California late at night and were 'East Bound and Down' to Pennsylvania!

Truck Driving with a High Value Load

by TruckerMike

So the other night, we get a phone call to pick up a 'High Value Load' from a pharmaceutical company. Wow, what an experience a high value load is!

Truck Driver Training Adventures in the Smokey Mountains!

by TruckerMike

Being in training as a trucker on the road isn't easy - but when you add mountains and wrong turns into the equation, it can be terrifying!

I Shower How Often? What Is Personal Hygiene Like On The Road

by Farmer Bob

Personal hygiene for truckers on the road is much different than for those of us living at home, and here's what I've found to be true so far.

The First Two Weeks On the Road With My Trainer

by Scott.P

After 14 days on the road with my trainer, things have been going really well. Here is some insight into my training so far.

Observations From a Rookie Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Wow, I can't believe it's been a week since I got on the road with my trainer. This has probably been the quickest week of my life!

More on my First Two Weeks OTR - Including Things You Will Need With You

by Farmer Bob

The learning curve is steep your first few weeks on the road. Here I cover a bunch of things you will need, and some things you will need to know.

My First Day and Night at a Truck Stop

by TruckerMike

Being a brand new driver brings lots of new experiences, and today was my first full day and night in a truckstop in Southern California!

My First Two Weeks of OTR Training

by Farmer Bob

As I said previously, you have to have patience. A sense of humor helps too! There's a lot to know, and a lot of lessons learned already.

My First Load Driving a Big Truck

by TruckerMike

Finished up orientation on Friday and by Saturday morning, I already had a trainer waiting for me at the terminal. Finally ready to roll!

My First Truck Driving Job: The Trip to Trucking Orientation

by TruckerMike

The trip to truck driving orientation is always eventful - but not normally this eventful! What a mess - but it turned out interesting.

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