by Brett Aquila
Our Truck Driver's Career Guide is going to cover about every topic imaginable that pertains to becoming a tuck driver. We're going to help you understand your choices for CDL Training, including the difference between private truck driving schools and company-sponsored CDL training. We're also going to help you understand more about life on the road, help you choose the truck driving job that suits you best, and prepare for your CDL exams.
At TruckingTruth we have a ton of great materials to help get your trucking career off to a great start. Follow along as our truck driver's career guide teaches you all about the trucking industry we have and prepares you for a great start to your truck driving career.
If you're considering becoming a truck driver, there's a lot of information you'll need in order to decide if trucking driving is the right career for you. This chapter contains a list of topics that will help you understand what being a truck driver is all about.
The trucking industry is all about liability. Trucking companies need to know that they can trust you, that you have a proven track record of responsibility. This chapter will help you determine if you'll qualify for work in the trucking industry.
Truck driving can be an awesome career if you're the right person for the job. But if your life goals and preferences don't fit well with the trucking industry, it will be a nightmare. This chapter will help you decide if you're right for a truck driving career.
There are a number of different options worth considering when it comes to choosing a truck driving school, and any of them can get your career off to a great start. This chapter will help you understand your options for choosing a truck driving school and how to locate schools in your area.
There are a huge variety of options when it comes to finding the right truck driving job, even for inexperienced drivers coming straight out of school. This chapter will help you understand the varies types of truck driving jobs and help you decide which is right for you.
Truck driving school is far more difficult than most people anticipate. It's fast-paced, they pack your brain with tons of information, and then you have to learn to handle that rig. It's pretty stressful, but also very exciting! This chapter will help you survive CDL training.
After you complete truck driving school, get your CDL, and land your first job, you'll be going out on the road with a trainer for about 1-3 months. This training is the first real-life experience you'll get of life on the road as a professional driver. This chapter will help you prepare for this phase of your career.
Once you've completed your training on the road, it's time for that biggest step of all - running solo! You've made it to the big time now. You're a full-blown professional truck driver. This chapter will help you understand what you can expect and how to handle this exciting time.
Everyone loves a good story! But in this case, it's incredibly helpful to hear first hand accounts of life on the road so you know what you're in for when the time comes. The trucking industry isn't for everyone, but it can be an awesome career if you're right for the job. This chapter will help you decide if truckin' is for you.
Once you've decided to take the plunge and become a truck driver, you should immediately begin your studies. There is a ton of information you'll need to know, including the entire CDL manual, pre-trip inspections, logbook rules, truck weight & balance, and so much more. We have some really fantastic training materials that will have you well prepared for you CDL exams and the beginning of your official CDL training.
We all have difficult questions from time to time that we just can't find the answers to, and we need a little help from someone who's been there. At TruckingTruth, we've got the answers you're looking for. We have experienced drivers here everyday who love to give encouragement and advice, and we have several ways to get in touch.
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Posted on 26 November 2013
At TruckingTruth we're always telling everyone that they control their own destiny in trucking. And yet now I'm saying that you can't get anywhere without the right people supporting your efforts. So which is it??? Do you control your own destiny or is it controlled by others around you? The answer, quite simply, is yes to both! It's actually quite simple to understand so let's lay it out for ya... Continue reading →
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Posted on 22 August 2013
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 between the two different types of schooling and what criteria you should use to make your decision. Continue reading →
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Posted on 21 August 2013
There's nothing that comes natural when learning to drive a rig. But learning to back these things up? Are you kidding me? That's the worst. I mean, the stupid thing bends in the middle! Here's a fun way to approach your training that will certainly help you out in a big way... Continue reading →
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Posted on 15 August 2013
Every year thousands of people sabatoge their truck driving career before it ever gets off the ground. They come into the trucking industry with bad information, the wrong attitude, and the wrong approach. They're doomed to failure before they even know how many wheels are on an 18 wheeler. Here's the story of how that happens and what you can do to avoid the same fate. Continue reading →
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Posted on 5 August 2013
Recruiters for truck driving schools and trucking companies are a valuable resource for anyone considering a career as a truck driver. But far too many new drivers equate the professionalism of the recruiter with the quality of the company or school, and that couldn't be further from the truth. Let's take a look at what a recruiter's job is, how they can be valuable to you as a potential driver or student, and what mistakes you should avoid when interpreting the conversations you're having with recruiters. Continue reading →
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Posted on 23 July 2013
By far the toughest aspect of truck driving is handling the endless stream of mental challenges you'll face day after day, month after month, year after year. It never ends. In order to stay safe out there and enjoy your career there are two things you have to watch out for... Continue reading →
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Posted on 11 July 2013
If each truck driver would be a true professional...dress well, work with pride, talk kindly...the American public would respect us once again. Continue reading →
Posted on 8 July 2013
One of the most common reasons people walk away from trucking is the relentless solitude; the isolation from their home, their family, and their friends. And if that isn't bad enough, the most heartbreaking part may be that it doesn't necessarily end when you get home. Sometimes the isolation you experience after returning home from the road is the part you'll find to be the most unbearable of all. Continue reading →
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Posted on 20 May 2013
Not all trainers are created equal. There are some really good ones out there and there are some that, frankly, we'd be better off without. But you're being tested out there every day in a number of different ways, many of which you may not even be aware of. Continue reading →
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Posted on 26 April 2013
I learned all about handling a rig when going through training, but nobody ever taught me how to talk on the CB. It seems like most truckers have a smooth, southern vernacular that sounds like Wolfman Jack and Gomer Pyle discussing NASCAR on The Grand Ole Opry. I cringe at the thought of embarrassing myself with my nerdy diction. Continue reading →