Getting through truck driving school and your initial training period can be tough financially. I had huge debts and was in a mess. Here is what I did to get through.
Everyone is super nervous when it's time to go solo. Here is some great advice and some crazy stories to help you stay calm and be prepared.
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.
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.
Trucking is radically different than your average lifestyle. Everything is constantly changing and the challenges are huge. Here are some great examples.
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.
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.
Burnout or homesickness can kill a truck driver's motivation. Here are some helpful ways to manage your time and keep yourself motivated out there.
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.
I am often asked about what it is like to be a woman trucker. It takes a special woman to handle it, but I love it. Here is my experience as a woman truck driver.
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.
It's not a huge stretch to compare the trucking industry, a completely performance based enterprise, to the business of professional sports.
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.
Even professional drivers get angry with other drivers sometimes. You have to keep it under control. We'll explain the dangers of road rage and how to prevent it.
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.
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.
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?
Here's one trucker's story about living the highest of highs one day and the lowest of lows the next. Life on the road is a roller coaster ride.
Staying awake and alert for long periods of time is critical if you want to be a safe, productive driver. Here are some tips for staying awake longer.
No matter how well a truck driver plans a trip there are countless variables that will stand in your way. This particular week we couldn't catch a break.
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.
It seems like life on the road throws you one curveball after another sometimes. This winter has been tough, with some parts better off forgotten.
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.
After a month of travelling with my husband who is an OTR trucker we're learning to live and work well together. Life on the road takes some getting used to.
After just a short time on the road with my husband I've come to realize that everyday life in the trucking industry is like a roller coaster ride.
Truckers face a litany of challenges on the road every day and new drivers often learn about them the hard way. Here's a few of the big ones you'll see.
If you're considering the idea of trucking as a husband and wife team there are a lot of things to consider regarding items to pack and everyday living.
After learning I would be headed out on the road with my husband it was time to see our assigned truck for the first time and start loading in our goodies.
Being given the opportunity to travel the country with my husband I'm ready to hit the highways and find out what life is all about for the American trucker
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.
If each truck driver would be a true professional...dress well, work with pride, talk kindly...the American public would respect us once again.
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.
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.
The CB radio is a legendary part of being a trucker. But nothing is funnier than being a rookie and soundling like a nerd amongst the smooth talkers.
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?
Lack of communication between truck drivers and office personnel has always been a big issue in trucking and here we talk about some causes and cures.
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.
Truckers live wherever they happen to be at the moment. Some places have a mysterious past. They're a shadow of their former selves. A ghost town. A relic.
Every truck driver fears a family emergency happening when they're out on the road. It's a helpless feeling, and there's little you can do to prepare.
Truckers miss a lot of special events back home and it's tough on everyone. A simple apology or being understanding can help keep the family close.
Life on the road is challenging, and drivers are on tight schedules. But this was one of those days where I made a mistake that made things even worse!
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.
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.
Stereotypes of truckers are hurting your trucking career, even if you don't fit the mold. It's time to step up, take pride, and expect more of ourselves.
When your spouse is on the road and you're home taking care of the family, it's tough on everyone. Communication and understanding is key to making it work
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.
Home time for truckers is always special, but it's not always easy to get reacquainted. Everyone has different hopes and needs which can be hard to balance
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.
After a major mistake on my part, I found out how far a great attitude and hard work can take you, and how great a 'starter company' can treat you after all
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.
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.
People wonder what life is like on the road for truckers. Well, you certainly have your good and bad days, and here's what a bad day is like...
I've only been on the road a short time running solo and I had my first chance to drive through NYC in a big rig, and what a crazy adventure it was!
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.
My first ever solo run as a trucker went pretty well, but of course I ran into several issues and learned some good lessons right off the bat.
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
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.
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.
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!
You never know when a beautiful day for a drive can suddenly turn ugly, as it did for Rhonda in her big rig on a typical summer day in Wisconsin.
After a lot of close calls and important lessons learned, I'm starting to get the feel for driving truck and learning to relax and roll with things.
I finished training and got my first truck. This is the story of my first ever solo run in a big rig, and a tiny rookie mistake that was pretty funny.
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.
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.
Losing weight for truckers can be difficult. But if you have a simple plan and stick to it you can be in wonderful health on the road, without exercise!
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
Truck drivers have tough days, and often times tough weeks - especially that first year. This was yet another tough lesson learned early in my career.
After getting into an accident as a rookie truck driver I made a critical error in judgment that could have cost me dearly, but this time I was lucky.
After tarping a load on a rainy day in a muddy mess of a parking lot I began to question whether or not becoming a truck driving was a mistake.
My first full solo week of trucking started out well but didn't continue that way for long. I also saw some very strange sites along the way!
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.
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
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
I've completed my first year as a truck driver and here's a rundown of some surprises about the job and the lifestyle of an over the road trucker.
The Qualcomm has directions to customers for truck drivers, but often times the directions are wrong and nobody seems to care. Here's what happens.
Donner Pass for truck drivers is one of the notorious places in the country for burned up brakes and fatal wrecks. My first time down was an adventure
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?
Truck drivers were once known as 'Knights of the Road' and had people's respect. We've lost that reputation, here's why, and here's how we get it back
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.
An inside look at life on the road from a trucker's perspective.
Before I became a truck driver, there was nothing better than a good snow storm, sliding around in my 4-wheeler. But that was then, and this is now!
Controlling costs in trucking is critical to the success of trucking companies, and drivers should be doing their part to help - for their own sake.
CDL training has been more pressure and more difficult than we expected. Getting your CDL is no picnic. In fact, it can be grueling at times.
Over the road trucking will really test your relationship and the time away will magnify any problems your relationship has by a thousand times.
As a truck driver you have to be on guard at all times. Even when you're doing everything right you never know when someone will do something crazy.
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 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.
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 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.
After 33 years as a woman in the transportation industry it's been amazing to look back at the journey and how far women truck drivers have come.
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 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
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.
I love being a truck driver. I've found as my experience grows, my enjoyment also grows. I'm still a rookie, but the experience I have is paying off.
Truck driver appreciation week has come and gone and we've created some reasons why truck driving is so difficult and should be appreciated.
Your axle weights have to be legal before entering the highway, but what can a truck driver do if you're not sure and there's no scale at the shipper?
A recent announcement by the FMCSA shows that there will be even greater scrutiny for truck drivers and trucking companies coming very soon.
Some days are tougher than others for truck drivers, especially with the amount of traffic on the roads today. Today was a tough day in trucking.
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.
Recently a student truck driver discovered that the trainer was smoking pot in the truck while the student was driving. How should you handle this?
Finances on the road can be tough when first becoming a truck driver, but this will provide you with a little insight into saving money on the road.
Truck driving is not an easy career, and I got into it because I needed to make a better living. Now it's gotten old, and I'm looking for a way out.
Sometimes trucking trips go very smoothly, and others are incredibly challenging. This is the reality of truck driving. Are you up for the challenge?
It was a sad day driving truck today after finding out some really tough news and being called into work immediately afterwards.
I thought I'd share a few of my initial impressions of my early truck driving career, having experienced it for 6 months now. It's been incredible!
Leaving home is often the hardest part of being a truck driver, especially after the holidays. This time was worse. I had to leave on the holiday.
I recently wrote 'Truck Driving: An Office With A View' about the beauty this country holds. But out here on the road it isn't always so beautiful.
One thing I wasn't prepared for as a new truck driver is the sleeping patterns. I knew fatigue was a big issue in trucking, and now I understand why.
Trucking is a great career, but that rookie year is a tough one. There's so much to learn and adjust to that many people don't make it to year two.
I make a lot of trucking runs to Dallas, TX and usually it's a two day affair. I'm getting ready to head out again and I'm hoping things will go well
People work hard at jobs they hate in order to buy the things they think will bring them happiness. I was that way. Truckin showed me a better way.
Truck drivers spend an enormous amount of time alone away from friends and family which can really take its toll, and spells the end for many drivers.
Truck driving is such a unique job - one that offers so much that you won't find anywhere else. The lifestyle is amazing, and the view is spectacular
This post is mainly for all of you out there who have never driven a truck before. People always have questions, so this will serve as a trucker's FAQ
My first solo run as a truck driver has been completed, and boy do I have a story to tell. It was eventful and embarrassing, but successful in the end
Everyone has their own version of what a truck driver looks and acts like. I was even guilty of that. But once I became a driver, that all changed.
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 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.
Truck drivers often have a tough time dealing with dispatch because of misunderstandings. But for new truck drivers it can be even tougher to handle.
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.
Backing was a tough issue for me back when I was new to truck driving, and a situation like this one was a nightmare for me!
I am just thrilled to know about the new adventure given to me - blocking 4 lanes of busy highway while trying to back the rig in. What a mess.
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.
Truck drivers, to me, deserve more because I’m watching them make it all happen every day. Better pay and better treatment from trucking companies.
The American public sees more and more women behind the wheel of a big rig and they must surely think this is a new thing for women. Not even close!
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.
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.
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...
There’s a comfort in knowing that all is ok while being in the same room with the one you love in total silence. Never forget how lucky you are.
With the change of seasons comes another area of concern for all travelers of the highways - storms with hail, high winds and tornadoes.
Comradery amongst truck drivers used to be a sacred thing. Understood and appreciated, lived by and upheld. But now, it just doesn't seem the same.
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.
Some days you just know are going to be bad. Today was one of them. Its the last of November and there is all sorts of weather heading our way.
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.
Being in a big rig is just as spiritual as being on the back of a Harley. But the thing that mystifies me the most is the “magic” of just being.
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
Truck stops are a trucker's haven, and it's nice to finally kick back and relax when you have the time. But not all are created equal, that's for sure
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!
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.
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!
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.
I am amazed at how different the life of a truck driver is compared to 'other' people. The lifestyle is amazing, but it's an incredible change.
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!
This story is based on my life, my emotions and my experience. I know there are “other halves” out there that will be able to relate.
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!
Last week we had a trip from Illinois to California and I got my first taste of mother nature's fury - a light load and high winds. It was nasty!
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!
Life on the road is totally different than anything I've ever done, and there's a few things that take some getting used to.
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!
After 14 days on the road with my trianer, things have been going really well. Here is some insight into my training so far.
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!
it's far easier than you might imagine to get the safety records of trucking companies, and these records have a big effect on a company's drivers.
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!
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.
DAC reports and your MVR are two sources that trucking companies use to determine if you are eligible. But how do this process work? Here's how...
After a long day I made it to the truck stop and I was tired. Little did I know, things during the night were going to get interesting!
The trip to truck driving orientation is always eventful - but not normally this eventful! What a mess - but it turned out interesting.
Somtimes four wheelers don't know how to handle situations with trucks. They do the funniest, and sometimes the scariest things!
Life on the road is far more difficult than most people realize, and this letter goes out to all of those who have never been in their shoes.
A lot can go wrong for truck drivers on the road, and sometimes you just have one of those weeks where it all goes wrong!
Many people become truck drivers will false ideas about the truck driving industry and lifestyle. Here, we're going to set you straight!
For women truck drivers, you have to know the right things to bring on the road with you. Here's a great list of things I had with me!
Women truck drivers are common nowadays but the list of things you need to bring on the road is hard to come by so I've made one for ya.
You would think that getting served a simple meal would be no big deal. Well, for women truck drivers, it's not always that simple.
Truck driving can be an incredibly fun and rewarding career - but it's not easy! Here is one trait you absolutely must have...
Of all the years I spent on the road, a handful of places really stood out as a few of my favorite places to eat of all time!
A great story from one of our most popular bloggers regarding a bridge that once became attached to her trailer!
A major winter storm has hit a number of states leaving a thick layer of ice on everything! What a mess to deal with!
I finished my training period and for the very first time I was out on my own in my own rig. It was scary, but I made it through!
The lives of truck drivers are just full of activity. Here's some fun things you can do to enjoy and remember the good times!
A crazy story from Pappy - our gruff ole time truckin author who will have you laughin out loud at this one!
Ride along with me as I cruise the highways of Oklahoma and Texas in my big Kenworth for a few days!
Truck driving across the frozen prairie is what seperates the real truckers from the rest, and this night was one of the worst.
Negative opinions about being a truck driver are everywhere on the net. We'll discuss why that is, and where to find the positives!
Becoming a truck driver is a huge decision in anyone's life, and one we've all pondered. Here's my story and the reasons why I did it.
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!
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