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

by Rainy

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.

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

by Old School

This article explains the importance of proving your worth as a truck driver to succeed in the trucking industry. Find out what qualities make a successful truck driver, how to communicate with dispatch, and how to manage time efficiently.

Should Drivers Refuse To Work For Companies With Forced Dispatch?

by Old School

Force dispatch is when a truck driver is not allowed to refuse a load assignment. Understand why companies may force dispatch and the consequences of refusing a load. Learn why it is important to accept load assignments and how it can help you succeed in trucking.

Busting The Free Agent Myth In Trucking

by Old School

The Free Agent Myth is often promoted in trucking forums, but it is not as liberating to your trucking career as it sounds. Learn what it takes to become a true Free Agent in the trucking industry, and why signing a work contract is beneficial to your career.

What It Takes To Be A Top Tier Driver

by Old School

This article provides insight into why a truck driver may be eligible for a pay increase from a dispatcher's perspective. Being on time, no complaints, taking loads no one else wants, and being easy to work with are all necessary for a pay raise.

The Employment Market For Truck Drivers Is Hyper Competitive

by Brett Aquila

The employment market for truck drivers is hyper-competitive and wages have been on the rise in recent years. Learn what it takes to become a top tier driver and get your trucking career off to a great start. Study hard, have a great attitude, and stick with your first company for one full year.

Confessions Of An Owner Operator

by Old School

This article examines the confessions of experienced truck owners and lease operators. Learn the risks and rewards of owning a truck and decide if it's right for you. Discover why the author believes it's best to remain a company driver and why the most successful trucking businesses replace their equipment at benchmark mileage levels.

The Hardest Part of Starting a Trucking Career

by Old School

This article discusses the biggest hindrance to success in the trucking industry, which is misinformation. Learn how to recognize and overcome this issue, as well as how to succeed in trucking and make top pay.

The Complete Guide To Pulling A Chemical Tanker

by Brett Aquila

Hauling a chemical tanker is a complex and stressful job. Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the dangers, pay, lifestyle, and endorsements needed for hauling a chemical tanker.

Why I Prefer Paid CDL Training Over Private CDL Training

by Brett Aquila

Paid CDL training, also known as company-sponsored CDL training, is owned and operated by trucking companies. Private CDL training is a school that is independently owned and operated. Paid CDL training is preferred due to the company's investment in the student, the student's training on the company's equipment, and the company's financial incentive to ensure the student's success.

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

by Brett Aquila

Trucking is a misunderstood industry with many misconceptions. Experienced drivers and recruiters share their advice on how to succeed in the trucking industry. Learn the truth about trucking and the responsibilities that come with the job, the lifestyle, and the surprises you may encounter.

The Right Strategy For Earning More Miles And Better Pay

by Brett Aquila

Truck drivers can get more miles and earn more money by following safety protocols, being on time for appointments, pushing appointment times forward, and communicating well with dispatch. Be friendly and professional to gain an advantage in the competitive trucking industry.

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

by G-Town

This article provides truck drivers and those in the trucking industry with tips on preparing for life on the road. Advice includes getting an understanding with your mentor, planning ahead for trips, and performing pre-trip inspections. Experienced drivers also provide advice on Jake-brake use, backing, and G.O.A.L.

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

by Brett Aquila

Driving at night versus during the day normally comes down to two factors: preferences and pickup/delivery schedule. Learn how to adjust to an ever-changing schedule, find truck parking, and stay alert while driving.

When Is The Right Time To Become An Owner Operator Or Lease A Truck? Never.

by Old School

This article explains why it is better to stay a company driver than to become an Owner/Operator. It outlines the risks of leasing a truck, the competition in the trucking industry, and the profit statements of large carriers.

How To Get Yourself Dispatched 5,000 Miles In One Week

by Old School

Old School, a top-tier truck driver, shares his experience of how he increased his pay by taking initiative and planning ahead. He was able to get dispatched on loads totaling over 5,000 miles in one week. Learn how to become a successful truck driver by understanding the log book rules, managing time efficiently, and being willing to make sacrifices.

Two Types Of Tractor-Trailer Jackknives, And How To Deal With Them

by Brett Aquila

This article provides truck drivers with tips for avoiding trailer and tractor jackknifing. Learn the do's and don'ts of engine braking and how to get out of a jackknife situation when your trailer brakes lock up.

Are Self-Driving Vehicles Really Going To Take Truckers' Jobs?

by Patrick Netzel

Autonomous vehicles have been a hot topic in the trucking industry, with many speculating that they will take away jobs from truck drivers. However, a recent analysis from the Brookings Institution suggests that these predictions may be unfounded. Learn more about the technology, safety, and cultural hurdles of self-driving vehicles.

One Critical Piece To The Puzzle Of Success In Trucking

by Old School

Discover the secret to success in the trucking industry: having a great relationship with your dispatcher. Learn the key ingredients to having a great relationship with your dispatcher and be successful in the trucking industry.

What Are The Best Types Of Freight For A Rookie To Haul?

by Brett Aquila

This article provides an overview of the different types of jobs available in the trucking industry, including dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, liquid tanker, dry bulk tanker, and doubles/triples. It explains the pay, working conditions, and other factors to consider when choosing a job.

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