I left trucking after a tough go of it. I had a lot of misconceptions. Now I've returned and completed one full year and I want to share my story.
Is it possible for truck drivers to have good long distance relationships? You bet! But it's tough, and there's a lot to think about.
Most people believe they should move on to greener pastures after one year with their first trucking company. That notion is completely false, and here's why...
Many drivers get one year of experience and their self-importance causes their attitude and performance to go South. Here's the trap and how to avoid it.
Many people want to get into trucking as local drivers, but a rookie driver isn't ready for the demands of local trucking jobs. Here's why you should start OTR.
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?
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 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.
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...
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.
One of the most critical skills a truck driver must have is the ability to evaluate information and make good decisions. Some will even mean life or death.
If you look around the Web, you'll find tons of bad information, outright lies, and half truths about the trucking industry. In today's Web, who can you trust?
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.
It's not a huge stretch to compare the trucking industry, a completely performance based enterprise, to the business of professional sports.
According to recruiters at major trucking companies, the demand for truck drivers is extremely high and recruiting environment is hyper competitive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What do you have to do when you fail or refuse a DOT drug test? Here is the return-to-duty process explained simply.
Are autonomous vehicles going to start taking jobs away from truck drivers? Is the technology ready for widespread deployment? Are people ready for it?
Being successful in trucking takes a good understanding of how the industry works. Here is one critical piece of that puzzle.
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?
The trucking industry has an avalanche of rules and regulations, stereotypes and expectations for truck drivers to deal with. Here's the reality we face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recruiters in the trucking industry are a valuable resource, but drivers make one big mistake when speaking with recruiters. Here's what it is...
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.
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.
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?
I recently completed Swift Transportation's company-sponsored training program and here's what the experience was like for me.
Many folks come into truck driving believing they should be treated like gold without having to prove themselves first. That's simply not how it works.
So how does a new driver survive their hectic, stressful, tiring, demanding, and incredibly challenging first 6 months on the job? Here's my advice...
Marriages in the trucking world are very difficult to maintain. The separation is tough on everyone. Here's some helpful advice to get you through.
Trucking companies have re-defined what churn and turnover mean and how they are calculated. This is creating statistics indicating a driver shortage.
Home time is precious to an over the road driver and their family, and it's painful when it gets cut short by an unexpected call from the company.
Truck drivers are normally paid by the mile. How did it get this way, and would hourly pay be better? Here's the story, and some thoughts on the matter.
After earning a college degree, being a stay-at-home dad, and then a substitute teacher, it was time for a career change. Here's how CDL training began.
What rights do truck drivers have? Here’s a brief overview of some of the common issues drivers face with their bosses, and the remedies they can seek.
For a truck driver that CDL is everything. Here is some great advice on protecting that license.
Becoming a truck driver is a dream for a lot of people. Others find it a necessity when life takes an unexpected turn. Here's the story of how I got started.
Although I had never planned on driving a semi, I wound up having a great trucking career. Here's a story about the trip where I reached 300,000 miles.
Finding a truck driving job after graduating from CDL training is not guaranteed. Here we cover factors affecting your chances of finding work in trucking
Pre-hire letters are a very important step when beginning your truck driving career. We'll cover what they are, why they're important, and how to get em.
Options for funding your tuition to truck driving school include grants, student loans, sponsored training, tuition reimbursement, and many more.
I got out of the trucking industry back in 2009. Almost two years later I'm ready to get back in but I'm facing a few hurdles along the way.
Becoming a truck driver was something I wasn't certain about until I started believing it could really happen. That's when things started rolling.
It's the start of my truck driving career and after graduating from school with my CDL I've just arrived for orientation at my first real trucking job.
Choosing a truck driving school is not difficult when you know the right factors to consider. Here is a great article to help you choose your CDL training
After attending Optometry school I finally accepted that I was on the wrong path in life. I need a career that suits me, and truck driving may be it.
To lease a truck, become an owner operator, or be a company driver is a question I've pondered, and I've decided to lease. Here's my story.
This is my salary as an OTR truck driver finishing up my second year behind the wheel. It's hard to find good information on trucker's salaries, so I hope this helps
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
Here are the answers to 17 questions about being a truck driver I'd like to share with anyone who may be interested in becoming a truck driver.
Becoming a truck driver was something I never considered until my 20-year journalism career became a rut. Here's where my trucking adventures began.
Truck driving is not just a job, it's a lifestyle, with a lot of responsibility that comes with it. Do you have what it takes? Is it in your blood?
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.
I compare two hypothetical career paths - a college student versus a truck driving student. We'll look at job training, salary, debts, and more.
New to the trucking industry and fresh out of a career in the computer industry, I've found a trucking school and I'm beginning my CDL classes.
After several pre-hires, well, it wasn't an easy decision, but I finally made my choice. I'm headed off to truck driving school. Here's the scoop.
There are a number of different types of trailers you can pull and each one has its pros and cons. This will help you understand some differences.
I just had my DOT physical today before attending truck driving school and thought I'd let you know what it's like.
Landing a pre-hire is a really big deal and I now have my first. It's not a guarantee of employment, but close.
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!
Layoffs in the trucking industry do not often affect the drivers, and a slow economy can actually help student drivers find work!
Part 6 in a very popular series about choosing a truck driving job. Here we cover dry van and refrigerated trucking companies.
Part 5 in a very popular blog series about how to choose the best trucking company. Compares large companies to small ones.
Negative opinions about being a truck driver are everywhere on the net. We'll discuss why that is, and where to find the positives!
There are many advantages to working for a large trucking company. Part IV of our popular blog series covers a ton of them!
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!
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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