Truck driving can be a lucrative and fulfilling career but a negative perception exists that the truck driving industry attracts only people who are uneducated and desperate. This idea is too often perpetuated by pop culture, with greasy truck drivers being the norm whenever people of this profession. However, many of the things you may think you know about truck driving are really myths. […]
Getting a CDL license is a monumental step towards a new truck driving career. Before you get that CDL license, however, it’s essential to pass a rigorous test. Many prospective commercial drivers use the DMV or a similar government office to take their test, but there might be some good reasons for choosing a third-party testing facility instead. […]
There are some situations in the trucking industry that may seem strange to outsiders but are commonplace for drivers. These little things may seem like a shock when you start driving commercially, but you’ll learn to adapt as your career advances. We’ll break down five culture shocks and discuss how you can tackle them so that you can focus on being the best CDL driver you can be.
In July, we brought you a list of some of the best podcasts for long-haul drivers. Podcasts are a great way to keep your mind active and sharp when you’re on the road. Whether you’re a fan of mystery, sports, humor, or news, there’s a podcast out there for everyone! […]
Truck stops are the long-distance driver’s best friend. Since highways and interstates first began connecting the country, truck stops have been a beacon in the distance. If you’re looking for a place to refuel, grab a bite to eat, or catch a quick nap, here’s where you can find some of the best truck stops in the country. […]
Imagine: you’ve just gotten your first driving job with a company and you’re excited to start building your career! You’re already making your five and ten-year plans, and none of them involve staying with your current company for more than a year. You wouldn’t be alone; many new drivers move on to “greener pastures” after their first year. But what if you decided to stick with your starter company past that initial year?
Our nation depends on the trucking industry. In the next few years, many long-haul drivers will be retiring or simply leaving for new careers. While automated vehicles will help fill the gaps in some areas, it won’t solve the problem entirely. We desperately need drivers in the trucking industry; will you answer the call?
We all know that texting and driving is extremely dangerous, but did you know CDL drivers can be penalized for even holding a mobile phone? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is cracking down on drivers who use mobile devices while driving. Make sure you’re in compliance with the new regulations. […]
Congrats! You have joined drivers across the country who have found their calling in the trucking industry. You passed your training and the driving test, so you’re all set, right? Not exactly. There are still a few things you need to see to before you get in the driver’s seat of a commercial vehicle. One of those things is a DOT physical to guarantee that your health is good and you’re safe to be on the road. […]