Articles Tagged "First Solo Months On The Road"

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.

Trucker's Sleep: A Rare Commodity

by Rainy

Trucking involves long days with erratic sleep schedules. Here are some of the realities of life on the road when it comes to getting enough sleep.

Think Only Newbies Have Accidents? Think Again!

by Rainy

You might think student drivers are the most dangerous on the highway, but they're not. Drivers with some experience are, and here's why.

A Commencement Speech For Truck Driving School Graduates

by Old School

If I was to give a commencement speech to truck driving school graduates, this would be it. From all I've learned over the years, here is what I'd like you to know.

Nervous About Going Solo? You're Not Alone.

by Rainy

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.

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.

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.

The Need for Speed Can Hurt You

by Rainy

Getting in a hurry can cost you money, cause you to make mistakes, and possibly much worse. Here are some big benefits to slowing down a little bit.

Trucking Is A Total Culture Shock

by Rainy

Trucking is radically different than your average lifestyle. Everything is constantly changing and the challenges are huge. Here are some great examples.

Show Me The Money!

by Old School

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

by Old School

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.

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.

Finding The Motivation To Keep On Trucking

by Rainy

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.

Four Traps That New Truck Drivers Fall Into

by Old School

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.

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

by Rainy

Everyone thinks you'll just be a faceless number at the mega trucking carriers. I'm proof this isn't true. Here is why they know me at my mega carrier.

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

by Old School

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.

Sexism In Trucking From A Woman's Perspective

by Rainy

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 Responds To Criticisms After Busting The Free Agency Myth

by Old School

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.

What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver

by Old School

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.

Prudence Seems To Be Lacking In Some Rookie Truck Drivers

by Old School

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.

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.

The Right Strategy For Earning More Miles And Better Pay

by Brett Aquila

If you want to be at the top of the pay list you're going to have to earn it. Here are some strategies for getting more miles and making more money.

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.

Trucking At Night Versus During The Day - What Should Your Strategy Be?

by Brett Aquila

Some prefer driving at night, others during the day. So what's the most effective strategy for truck drivers? Check this out.

A Story About The Highs And Lows Of Life On The Road

by Brett Aquila

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.

12 Tips To Help Drivers Stay Awake Longer

by Brett Aquila

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.

The Ups And Downs Of Life On The Road

by Becky Prestwich

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.

Over The Road Challenges

by Becky Prestwich

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.

Solitude Becomes Every Truck Drivers Heaven Or Hell

by Brett Aquila

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.

There's No Disguising A Rookie On The CB Radio

by BlueHillsTrucker

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.

How To Cut Through The Negativity And Choose The Right Trucking Company To Start Your Career

by Brett Aquila

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?

Rites of Passage on the Highway

by Dave Ashelman

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.

Important Truths for Rookie Drivers: Surviving Your First 6 Months

by lucky13

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...

How Having A Great Attitude Earned Me A Second Chance

by JakeCat22

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

What's A Tough Day Like In The Trucking World?

by JakeCat22

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...

My First Time Driving A Rig Through The Big Apple

by JakeCat22

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!

My First Solo Run Went Better Than I Expected

by JakeCat22

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.

The Science of Truck Driving

by Philosopher Paul

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.

My First Ever Solo Run!

by Philosopher Paul

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.

Rookie Drivers: Time Management Tips And Mileage Goals

by Brett Aquila

For rookie truck drivers, time management skills are critically important to making good money and being safe out there. Here are some important tips.

Remembering My Earliest Days Of Trucking School

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Here's a story about my early days in trucking school and out on the road.

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

Mama Said They'll Be Days Like This

by Rick Huffman

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.

Keeping Your Head Screwed On Straight In A Crisis

by Rick Huffman

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.

Fighting Through The Challenges Of Life On The Road

by Rick Huffman

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.

Bad Directions, The Wrong Entrance, and A Coon Dog Cemetery

by Rick Huffman

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!

My First Solo Run as a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

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

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