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Learn How to be a LinkedIn Truck Driver Rockstar With Our Top Ten Tips on Boosting Your Profile

Some people may argue that LinkedIn is not the best platform for truck drivers to use for recruiting purposes. We, however, tend to disagree. Social platforms are used by a lot of the major logistics and freight transportation companies out there, and having a presence on it could never hurt. But, in order for you […]

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An Insightful Review of the Top Ten Trucking Companies Every Truck Driver Should Consider Working for in 2018

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Top Tips for Healthier Meals While on the Road That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

Any truck driver will agree that it is rather difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the trade. The long working hours and hours spent behind the wheel does not really help either, and lots of truck drivers simply opt for the most convenient meal, takeaways. Times have however changed, and being healthy plays a […]

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Top 10 Tips on How to Become a Successful Truck Driver and Experience True Job Fulfillment

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How to Get a Truck Driver Job that Will Make You Feel Appreciated in 10 Easy Steps

The job hunt can be a bit of a cumbersome process. But there is no space for being discouraged when you are in desperate need of a new job. Gone are the days when you could simply pick up the phone and inquire about a job, or ask uncle Bob to put in a good […]

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Top Tips for Healthier Meals While on the Road That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

Any truck driver will agree that it is rather difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the trade. The long working hours and hours spent behind the wheel does not really help either, and lots of truck drivers simply opt for the most convenient meal, takeaways. Times have however changed, and being healthy plays a […]

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Top Tips to Write the Best Truck Driver’s Resume and Stand Out From the Crowd and Land the best Job

Having a fantastic resume is important, for any career. This is the first point of contact that prospective employers will have with you, a kind of thefirst impression, so to speak. If your resume is not going to leave an impression, your application might be shoved aside for someone who made the effort in compiling […]

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Easy-to-Follow Guide for New Truck Drivers Starting Out Their Career as Professional CDL Truck Drivers

If you are thinking about becoming a professional OTR or CDL truck driver, you should probably make an informed decision before simply leaving your career behind and getting started. Knowing what you let yourself in for is one of many steps before you can join the rest of the road heroes and start enjoying your […]

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Professional Truck Drivers Resign

The freight transportation business is not for all, but, having said that, it is possible to have staff working for the same freight transportation company for multiple years, if they are well taken care of. Truck drivers are very important to the success of any freight transportation business, and one could even go so far […]

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Learn How to be a LinkedIn Truck Driver Rockstar With Our Top Ten Tips on Boosting Your Profile

Some people may argue that LinkedIn is not the best platform for truck drivers to use for recruiting purposes. We, however, tend to disagree. Social platforms are used by a lot of the major logistics and freight transportation companies out there, and having a presence on it could never hurt. But, in order for you to make the best impression, you’d better get that profile looking snazzy.

In this article, we will give you very handy tips for getting your LinkedIn profile looking spiffy and professional in no-time. All it takes is a little effort and you will be ready to network and impress on a continuous basis.

First things first

If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, you are going to visit the site and create it. The setup process is quite simple and won’t take up too much of your time. Simply complete all your details as prompted. If you have an up-to-date resume on your device, be sure to have it ready as you can import the information easily.

#1 Get the right profile picture

As LinkedIn is a professional social media platform, this is definitely not the right place to use your drunken photo taken at a staff party. The image says it all, and when on a professional site, this will leave a lasting impression. Choose a headshot photo of yourself, that was taken recently and is clear and of high-quality. Avoid photos with a lot of shadows or that are grainy. And don’t use a photo where you look like the undertaker – smile and look friendly and approachable.

#2 Add a cover image

Even though this is just an added extra, taking time to make your profile look sleeker will show that you have an eye for detail and that you take your career seriously. Your cover image should also be professional, and convey a bit more about yourself and your interests. If you do decide to take the time to add a cover image, it would show Interviewers usually asked this question to see whether the applicant will be a good fit for the company and the fleet. It will also give them an indication if the specific position correlates with your professional needs and experience. Truck drivers who get asked this question, try to think of how you would like to apply yourself in this position, and challenges you had to face in the past.

#3 Write a strong headline

When you are writing your headline, try to think a little bit out of the box and skip the stock standard job title. Add some personality by writing up an introduction to your current job and what you do, and a little bit of info on your skills. If you have no idea where to start, take a look at some other great profiles for inspiration – just don’t copy and paste, make it your own!

#4 Include an interesting summary

Your summary will serve as a little introduction to who you are, what you do, why you do what you do, and what you are great at doing. Make space count by writing something worth reading and that other user and freight transportation companies will notice while browsing the platform for applicants or when reviewing yours after you have applied for a job. Steer clear of using any overused terminology, proofread, and make sure you are 100% happy with the content.

#5 Connect with others

LinkedIn is geared towards networking. You should by default get some connection suggestions from the platform itself, which is a great starting point. We would advise you to look for more than just the suggestions, seek out former colleagues and supervisors and send connection requests. LinkedIn is best used for networking, and a powerful tool at that – use it wisely and it could open some doors for a great future job or career.

#6 Ensure you showcase your skills

When completing your profile, make sure you add all your skills as well. These are listed and your connections are able to endorse you for any specific skill that they know you possess. Whether you are great at time management, responsible, have fantastic GPS skills, you name it, add it. As long as it is relevant and true to you, go for it.

#7 Endorse others and be endorsed

Visit connections’ profiles and be sure to endorse them for their skills. Sharing is caring when it comes to LinkedIn, and once you have endorsed a former colleague or fleet manager, they will probably return the favor. A neat feature on LinkedIn is the ability to add reviews or recommendations. If you have a great experience working with someone specifically, write it on their profile as a review. Once again, LinkedIn is geared towards networking and when used correctly and actively, a world of opportunities awaits.

#8 Follow relevant industry leaders and share their content

As on other social media platforms, you are able to follow establishments and companies to keep up to date with their latest news and available positions. Large companies and industry leaders will keep an active feed of articles written by them or in-house. If you agree, like, or found the content interesting and useful to you (and think it could be interesting and useful to someone in your network), share it. Sharing is caring, as on any social media platform. If you have an opinion on the topic, remember to leave a comment and get involved in the conversation. As with sharing, conversing is just as big a part of social media.

#9 Promote your company

Be that person that gets everyone on board and connected to the company. Share the freight transportation company you are currently employed at content, comment on it, and engage openly with others who have opinions about it. Remember to always keep things professional, you never know who or which company would notice your profile.

#10 Publish your own content

If you are a keen writer with in-depth knowledge of logistics and freight transportation, and more specifically truck driving, why not write a piece and publish it? Ask your employer if they would be interested in getting employees to write articles and publish it on the company’s profile. This is a fantastic way of engaging with your current company, fellow truck drivers, and potential employers.

If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be a LinkedIn pro before you know it. We hope that our tips have helped you to create a fantastic professional profile and that you will be able to utilize this fantastic networking tool to the max.

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How to Get a Truck Driver Job that Will Make You Feel Appreciated in 10 Easy Steps

The job hunt can be a bit of a cumbersome process. But there is no space for being discouraged when you are in desperate need of a new job. Gone are the days when you could simply pick up the phone and inquire about a job, or ask uncle Bob to put in a good word for you. Today, jobs are scarce and the requirements are tight to ensure only the best make the cut for the road.

In this article, we will guide you through 10 easy-to-follow steps to ensure you land a fantastic truck driving job, no matter if you have 1 or 20 years’ experience on the road.

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1. Get qualified

We’ve gone through the qualification process in this article. The perfect starting point for those only joining the exciting adventure of becoming a truck driver is doing your research and getting the necessary license and endorsements for the job you wish to apply for.

2. Write your resume and cover letter

Next, once you are sure you have the necessary paperwork to apply for jobs, you can start writing your resume and draft a cover letter highlighting your skills. Remember to keep your resume short and powerful, to the point. Recruiters don’t have time to read novels when it comes to hiring new drivers. Highlight your skills and experience and note your qualifications.

3. Start the job search

Once you have your qualification, you will be ready to apply for some of the best truck driver jobs at the top freight transportation companies in the country. The majority of the bigger companies will have established websites with an online application form and a career tab. But, don’t put the traditional job search of scanning the classifieds in the daily newspaper aside, this can be just as helpful. Be sure to also visit trucking forums and view notice boards at truck stops.

4. Revise your cover letter

Once you have found jobs that you want to apply for, edit your cover letter to suit the ones you find to be a perfect fit for you. Remember to keep things simple and to the point, don’t flower or dress things up, be honest and only mention qualities and skills that you do have that will fit with the position you applied for at the specific company.

5. Narrow down the search

Looking for a CDL truck driving job online is probably the easiest and quickest way to get your resume out there. Even though a lot of people employ the strategy of simply applying for as many jobs as possible and seeing whether they get any responses, a more structured approach is advised. Make sure you read through the job description carefully and that you are 100% sure that the job and company is a great fit. The majority of job listing sites will enable you to upload your resume directly and complete an online application form. Here are some sites that you can start your job search:

There are plenty of online job listing sites that you can sign up on. You can even try to scan some of the best freight transportation companies’ websites where they have dedicated recruitment sections for truck drivers. Some companies even offer in-house training and tuition.

6. Include other channels for job searches

Should you find yourself at a dead-end, try to include other search options to broaden your search. Never underestimate the power of manual search in the daily newspaper’s classifieds. You are also able to join social media networks as a lot of companies will advertise newly available positions on these channels. Networks to join and search on include Facebook and LinkedIn. LinkedIn is considered the go-to social media platform for networking and job opportunities. A lot of the bigger companies should have profiles that you can find where they will list new careers. You are also able to apply for jobs posted on LinkedIn using your own profile, so you won’t have to re-create any information.

7. Preparing for interviews

An important step when aiming to land a perfect job as a truck driver is preparing for the interview. Be sure to have all the necessary documents ready before heading out. Make sure you have a neat corporate outfit – dressing the part when meeting prospective employers is important when making a first impression. Refrain from wearing casual wear – looking presentable could make the difference between getting the job and still looking for one. Prepare some questions for the interviewees and make sure you have them on hand for the day. Also, be sure to do a bit of research on the company as they might ask you what you know about the company.

8. On the day of the interview

Be sure you get enough rest the night before as you should be fresh and relaxed during the interview. Try to stay as calm as possible before and during – the more prepared you are the calmer you will be. A handy tip would be to make sure you know how to get to the company beforehand, take note how long it would take you to get there and make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the appointment. This will also indicate that you are responsible and timely.Make sure you have a copy of all your documentation with you and keep it in a neat binder.

9. Make contact afterward

Part of the interview process includes following up with the interviewees. You can do so by writing them an email stating your gratitude for their time to see you. This is done to show them you are truly interested in joining the team, and that you are a definite candidate to be taken into consideration to be hired.

10. Be patient

As you can imagine, recruitment is a tedious process that does not happen overnight. Recruiters have to carefully review all the viable candidates and ensure they make the best decision for the company. Usually, it is a slow process of elimination, and it can take up to a couple of weeks before you know that you got the job. After this, you may be required to go for tests and will have to work on probation for a while before being a full-time employee.

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We hope our top tips have helped you to get that perfect CDL truck driving job you’ve been eye-balling, and that you will be on the road in no-time.

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Top Tips for Healthier Meals While on the Road That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

Any truck driver will agree that it is rather difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the trade. The long working hours and hours spent behind the wheel does not really help either, and lots of truck drivers simply opt for the most convenient meal, takeaways. Times have however changed, and being healthy plays a major role in how you approach any obstacle that may be thrown your way, whether on the road or not. Nowadays there are apps and spiffy websites that can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle while being a truck driver, and all this becomes more possible.

In this article, we will give you some handy tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and planning healthier meals for when you are on the road. Remember that having a regular exercise regime will also aid in being a healthier and happier you, so try to include this in your new lifestyle as well. Let’s see how these healthy food habits will improve your way of life.

#1 Stock up on fresh fruit and veg

Instead of grabbing a bag of chips while at the truck stop, try to pack some fresh fruit and veg for snacks while you drive. You can keep it in the bar fridge in the cab for easy access and have it prepared so you don’t have to cut it up while on the road. Whether you love carrot sticks or celery, fresh greens are great to have as a healthy alternative for snacking.

#2 Skip the fizzy drinks

Instead of sipping on colas you keep in your fridge in the cab, keep loads of bottled water with you while on the road. Fizzy drinks are basically just sugar and having too much of it can cause harm to your health. Keeping hydrated while on the road is also very important and you can find yourself getting very thirsty. If you have enough water on hand, you won’t find yourself stuck in the middle of nowhere dehydrated. Just keep sipping on water.

#3Find other sources of protein

Eating a lot of or too much meat can also be very unhealthy and detrimental to your cholesterol levels. Instead of eating loads of meat, pre-pack a couple of hard-boiled eggs. Eggs are a fantastic source of protein, and you can eat if for just about any meal – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

#4Nuts are the way to go

Another great substitute for potato chips and other salty snacks is nuts. Eating a handful of nuts a day is very healthy. Just remember to keep things in moderation – too many nuts can also be a bit unhealthy. But we are sure even the health experts would agree that having nuts instead of salty snacks like potato chips are way better for your health.

#4 Eat smaller portions and more frequently

This might be a bit of an adjustment for most people, but replacing your regular 3 big meals a day with 6 smaller portions spread throughout the day is scientifically proven to benefit your health and mental wellbeing. Start by having a larger breakfast, having a handful of nuts as a snack, eating some white meat for lunch, having a fruit for a snack, and then having a healthy dinner like a salad. Keep drinking water and if you stick at it, you should get used to it quickly.

#5 Invest in a little oven

Home-cooked meals are always a better option than any fast-food you will ever eat. Instead of looking at convenient food options, try to plan your meals ahead, prepare and freeze them. Invest in a little oven that you can plug in at the cigarette lighter in the cab when you want to heat up or cook your meal while on the go. This will ensure you eat healthier and spend less time shopping and eating at diners.

#6 Skip the caffeine overload

Some truck drivers will swear by their cup of coffee or their energy drinks, while some couldn’t be bothered. If you fall in the former group, we’d like you to cut back on those energy drinks and coffee you love so much. One cup of coffee per day is more than enough caffeine for one person to handle. Drinking too much energy drinks,on the other hand, could have detrimental consequences to your health. Keep hydrated with water, and eat fresh fruit and veg and you should be alright.

#7 Plan and pack ahead

We’ve already mentioned this a couple of times, but it is important to get the message through. If you do plan your meals and pack them before going out on the job, you will be less likely to buy, snack, and eat unhealthy and greasy foods. Keep it simple and healthy with fresh food that is pre-packed. You should have more than enough space in the fridge in the cab. If not, bring your cooler along with you on the trip.

#8 Get creative

If you do find it a bit of a snore fest to eat healthily, try to spice things up a bit and experiment with different new recipes. Try to get yourself excited about what you want to eat on this trip, or you could even try to think of themes for every trip to make it more fun. Cook foods from all over the world, you could to Mexico on one trip, and Italy on the other. If you are doing an Italian week, be sure to stick to gluten and wheat-free products!

#9 Cut yourself some slack

Making major lifestyle changes can be difficult to anyone. It will be hard, and you will more than likely feel like giving up a couple of times. Don’t get disheartened though. Remember, you are making the change for your own benefit and health. There are loads of truck drivers who suffer from high cholesterol, diabetes, heart diseases and the like, all due to bad eating habits and a lack of exercise. Don’t fall into the trap, keep it up and pat yourself on the back when you find yourself slipping. With determination, you will succeed.

We know that being on the road for long periods of time can make it difficult to eat healthily and get enough exercise, but the best things in life are worth working and fighting for. We hope our tips have inspired you to eat more fresh and green food and less junk. For some more healthy meal inspiration, read this great article.

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Top Tips to Write the Best Truck Driver’s Resume and Stand Out From the Crowd and Land the best Job

Having a fantastic resume is important, for any career. This is the first point of contact that prospective employers will have with you, a kind of thefirst impression, so to speak. If your resume is not going to leave an impression, your application might be shoved aside for someone who made the effort in compiling a professional resume.

Whether you have been a truck driver for many years, or are only starting out, making some effort with your resume could be the difference between being hired and not. In this article, we will give you a brief overview of what a professional resume should look like with some handy tips.

1. Keep it Simple

A lot of people are under the impression that the more information they have on a resume, the more impressive it looks. This is false. Any recruiter will agree that having to read through pages and pages of information that starts on when you stopped wearing a diaper and ends where you get a prize at the local talent show is not what they are interested in. A great resume will not be longer than 2 pages, only highlighting important and relevant facts about your qualification and career history.

2. Include Important Information

Even though a resume is not supposed to be crowded with loads of unnecessary information, you still need to include the compulsory information, like your demographics and contact details. You don’t have to have a special design our layout, keep it simple and easy to read. The compulsory information should always be visible first, and is seen as an introduction or a “Hello, my name is…”. Here you will add information such as your name, surname, marital status, date of birth, physical address and contact details.

3. Use the Right Font

Not that there is such a thing as a right or a wrong font to use, but ensure that the font you have chosen for your resume is legible and that recruiters won’t have difficulty reading it. Fonts to ignore at all cost include script fonts as well as comic sans. Stick to something like Arial or Courier New, something that is easy on the eye and doesn’t make it difficult to distinguish one letter from the other. One last thing, if you do decide to use Comic Sans, the recruiters might not take you very seriously – Comic Sans is a font best used for circus resumes.

4. Write a Bio or Summary

This will provide recruiters some more information on who you are as a person, your personality and it gives you some space to list some of your best personality traits that are applicable to the workspace. It is always important only to include information that is applicable to your profession or career and your professional experience. If however you are a quirky person and would like to indicate this on your resume, this should be done with caution and as tasteful as possible.

5. Highlight Relevant Experience

Next, you need to show that you are capable to do the job at hand with relevant experience. List previous companies you have worked for, include the dates you worked for them, and write a short description of what exactly it is you did while there. Perhaps you had to do something that was not included in the job description that is worth mentioning as an indication to recruiters that you are willing to go the extra mile or open for change and challenges. Always list your experience a-chronologically, so that recruiters can see your most recent work experience first.

Bonus tip: Be as specific as possible, e.g. if you have driven different types of loads and big rigs, specify it neatly underneath the relevant experience.

6. Add Additional Skills

It never hurts to add some of your additional skills to your resume – they have to, of course, be relevant to the industry and the job you will be performing. If you have a knack for mathematics, mention it. If you have dabbled in the mechanical workings of big rigs, mention that too. Even if you were nominated as head of the team, it could indicate that you have motivational skills that may be required for the position you are applying for.

7. Education and Qualifications

This should always be featured on your resume. Recruiters need to know whether you have done the time and received qualifications that are needed for you to do the job. You don’t have to mention that you completed a certificate in hula-hooping, but do include relevant education information and qualifications that are applicable to the job.

8. Add your Licenses and Endorsements

Lastly, you need to at least let the recruiter know what licenses you hold and what endorsements you have. If the job requires you to drive a specific big rig and load, or even drive across the border, this information is vital for them to know whether or not you are physically able and able by law to do the job.

9. Add a Coverletter

As a finishing touch, it is always good to have a cover letter to go with your application. This should give recruiters more in-depth insights as to your personality and character, as well stipulate why you believe you should be considered as a viable hire for the position. A lot of people make the mistake to have a stock standard cover letter that they re-use. Please do not do that. Rather write a new cover letter for each position you apply for, as each position and each company are unique. You can even mention that you are a perfect fit for the team, you relate to the company culture, anything that is relevant to the specific position and company should be mentioned in the cover letter.

We cannot stress the importance of having a professional resume that is kept updated on a regular basis. This is a window into who you are and what you bring to the table when you join a new company and will make the difference between being interviewed or not considered for an interview. If you do get through to interviews, it is all up to you. We hope you have found this simple guide insightful, and that you will have many interviews lined up soon. For more information and access to some resume templates, visit this site.

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Easy-to-Follow Guide for New Truck Drivers Starting Out Their Career as Professional CDL Truck Drivers

If you are thinking about becoming a professional OTR or CDL truck driver, you should probably make an informed decision before simply leaving your career behind and getting started. Knowing what you let yourself in for is one of many steps before you can join the rest of the road heroes and start enjoying your new career as a professional truck driver. There are a lot of steps involved before you can start earning money, so make sure you have enough saved up to survive while you are qualifying.

In this article, we will guide you through the whole process, from start to finish. So, for those of you who want to become truck drivers, but not sure where to start or what to expect, this one is for you.

Do some research

Before you want to quit your job, you need to ascertain whether changing career paths is actually what you want to do. Find out as much as you possibly can from whatever reliable source you can find – whether it is a truck driver friend or sources on the internet, try to find out what the hard facts of the matter are. Things to pay attention to is what is expected from truck drivers, what the salary would look like when you start out, and of course how to get qualified. On average, a professional and experienced truck driver makes about $50,000 per annum. Knowing all the facts will allow you to weigh up the pros and cons and getting to an answer on whether this would be a good career choice for you.

Specific things to take into consideration are:

Expected salary

Depending on the type of truck and cargo you drive, you will earn anything starting at $25,000 per annum as an inexperienced truck driver. If you have more experience, you could earn some more.

Benefits

Some freight transportation companies offer handsome employee benefits such as dental and health insurance or even life insurance. Shop around and make sure you choose a package that suits you and your family’s needs.

Long hours

Truck drivers drive approximately 500 miles per day, which means you might end up behind the wheel of a big rig for anything up to 12 hours. You will also have very little time to spend at home with your family, depending on whether you have a regional or local job.

Qualifications

One of the pros of becoming a CDL truck driver is the fact that it doesn’t take too long to complete training and receive your license, and a lot of freight transportation companies also offer in-house training to help you on your way.

Once you have made your decision to become a professional truck driver, you should start working on getting your qualification and papers in order.

Get a CDL Manual and Study

Before getting your license, you will be required to write a general learner’s test. In order for you to be able to pass this test, you need to study up a bit on general rules and need-to-know facts on driving big rigs. In the CDL manual, you will learn everything about getting your CDL license, what it would cost, and where you can go for training. Remember, every state has its own rules with regards to CDL licensing, even though they do correlate, there are minor differences.

Getting your Qualification

Firstly, after you have studied the CDL manual, you will have to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements. As mentioned earlier, this can differ from one state to the next, but a general guideline is:

  • You have to be 21 or older
  • You need to pass a drug screening test
  • You must have a clean driving record (that means no speeding fines or prior accidents)

Once you have ticked off all these boxes, you need to get qualified, certified, and licensed in order for you to drive a big rig legally.

As far as truck driving training schools go, there are more than enough to choose from. Keep in mind that this will cost a bit of money, but totally worth it at the end. If you find a freight transportation company that has bursaries,however, you are able to do your training through them and be employed right after you are qualified.

Some truck driving schools offer an added service of job placement, which is a plus. Make sure to shop around to find the best option for you before enrolling only to find out there were much better options elsewhere. While training you will be taught theory as well as engage in practical lessons where you will be required to start driving a big rig. All with the assistance of your trainer, of course.

Once you have completed the training, you are required to complete three tests, a written exam, a practical exam out on the road, as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation exam. Once you have passed these, you are ready to apply for a job. If you fail, you are able to re-write after a while, at an extra cost to you, of course.

Joining a Freight Transportation Company

Now that you are qualified, you are ready to start. If you completed training at a company, you should not have a problem but those who have to start job hunting don’t have to worry either. As there is a very high demand for truck drivers, there are loads of positions posted and advertised frequently. Be sure to sign up fora lot of truck driving forums or job listing sites like this one to be notified of new job openings.

In a nutshell, it takes little effort to get started, the hard work begins when you start driving OTR or CDL trucks. We wish you all the best in your new career as a professional truck driver.

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Top 10 Trucking Apps for Truck Drivers on the go That Will Make You Feel Happy and Healthy

The tech age has its pros and cons, that is for sure. But usually, the pros outweigh the cons, especially with all the nifty apps that one can download that is geared towards making our lives a little bit easier. Whether you use an app to see what the weather is going to do or to keep updated with regards to the traffic you can expect while on the road, you will be amazed at what can be accomplished when using one of the many apps available to download.

In this article, we take a look at the top 10 apps that can be used by truck drivers to make their lives a whole lot easier.

#1 KeepTruckin

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Once you start using KeepTruckin, you would not be able to look back or even imagine what your life was like without it. Easily keep track of all the latest developments concerning government requirements for driving times, stay on schedule by tracking your progress and miles driven, and ensure you get the delivery at dispatch on time, all with this one powerful app. The app can be used by truck drivers and fleet managers and eases the whole workflow.

#2 Rolling Strong

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This app is specifically directed at truck drivers leading very busy lives on the road. Find the nearest clinics and health stations while on the road and in need of medical attention, or use the app’s built-in pedometer. This app is fantastic to ensure that your health is taken care of while you are taking care of business as usual.

#3 NOAA Radar

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This is probably the best weather app you will ever download – even better than your device’s built-in weather app. Keep up-to-date with all the forecasts, in as much detail and with absolute accuracy you can imagine. Be in the know of what the weather will do for the next 7 days, and plan your route accordingly, or get notifications of severe weather heading your way. The app is even able to indicate the snow depth – a nifty feature for truck drivers specifically.

#4 Lose It!

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Set realistic goals and stick to it with this fun and handy weight loss app that is geared to get you fit and healthy while on the job. The app is set up in such a way that you can log your meals and it will calculate your daily calorie intake, alarming you when you have reached your limit and when you should put some extra effort into exercising. Staying healthy and fit is key to being a successful and happy truck driver.

#5 Gas Buddy

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This handy app is a definite must for the gas-smart truck driver, looking for the best gas stops in the area they are passing through. The app is updated regularly (by fellow road users) with all the latest gas prices, so not only will you be able to find the best gas stops, you will also be able to choose the ones with the lowest gas prices. If you use Gas Buddy to upload gas prices at your stops, you are also able to win free gas.

#6 Glooko

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If you are a truck driver who has diabetes, this is a fantastic app that you should definitely start using straight away. We know how difficult it is to resist all the sweet and greasy treats while you are on the road, and keeping a watchful eye on your sugar levels could be cumbersome. Glooko will take care of that for you. Feed your sugar readings into the app, and it will notify you if there are spikes or lows and just like that, you are able to manage your glucose levels. The app also sends reports through to your doctor.

#7 Waze

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If you haven’t got Waze installed on your device, maybe it’s time you try it out! This fantastic app allows you to gain insights as to what exactly the traffic is doing, real-time. You are able to find alternative routes, should the app indicate that there is a major traffic jam ahead, accidents being cleared up, or even heavy weather conditions.

#8 Fitness Buddy

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Having a great workout regime is important when you spend hours behind the wheel, especially to keep your mind and body sharp and happy. With Fitness Buddy, you are able to access thousands of different exercises, compile your own routine by selecting the ones you love, and track your progress as you keep at it while on the job. This is a definite must if you take workouts seriously.

#9 Trucker Path Pro

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This is probably the most popular truck driver app on the market, and we can definitely see why. Think of it as your best friend while on the road and on the job – it conveniently holds hands-down all the important information you will need, simply with the tap of a finger. Whether you need information on the next nearer fuel stop, predicted weather conditions, gas prices or even weigh stations, Trucker Path Pro has got you covered, bro.

#10 Fast Food Calorie Counter

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When you are out on a job, the easiest thing to indulge in is fast foods, right? It really is convenient to simply place an order and have a delicious humongous burger standing right in front of you within a couple of minutes, and you just sit and eat. This, of course, can be very bad for your health, if all you eat is fast foods and takeaways while on the job. Calorie Counter will help you make healthier decisions and has an extensive database with information on the calories at the majority of truck stops and restaurants in the states.

Your life is sure to become a whole lot easier when you download any of the apps we discussed here on your Android or iOS device. Remember that it is against the law to be on your phone while driving, so make sure you check on notifications when the truck is at a complete stop.

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An Insightful Review of the Top Ten Trucking Companies Every Truck Driver Should Consider Working for in 2018

Those of you who are professional truck drivers (or even those just starting out) looking to join a new company in 2018, for whatever reason, you are in luck. We have found the best there is and working for any one of them will give you a bit of a boost in the new year. The freight transportation industry can be tough, especially if you are a truck driver who has to work extra hard to bring home the bacon. Working for one of the best companies in the industry could be the little boost you just need for growing in your career or adding to your resume.

Are you ready to read all about the best companies you could join as a professional OTR or CDL truck driver? Let’s get started.

1. U.S. Xpress Inc.

The company was founded in 1986 by Max Fuller and has gone from strength to strength ever since. The company culture focuses on growth and actualization while maintaining a family-feel and healthy relationships, taking care of the team behind it all. When you decide to join U.S. Xpress, you will be able to advance in your career as a truck driver, as this is encouraged throughout the company. There are plenty of opportunities here, be sure to keep your eyes open for any new positions.
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2. Quality Distribution Inc.

With more than 100 years of experience in the freight transportation industry, Quality Distribution Inc. is definitely a viable career option for any truck driver looking to advance in their career. Drivers are paid handsomely and you can expect to enjoy multiple benefits such as health and dental insurance, paid leave, life insurance and paid holidays to name a few. Bookmark their site if you want to have easy access to the job openings they have available.
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3. Melton Truck Lines

Melton Truck Lines is yet another established freight transportation company that takes pride in their work and their workforce. The company’s website also functions as a portal for those looking to join the team and you can easily complete application forms online. Founded in 1954, the fleet is currently 1,500 strong and growing. When joining, drivers can expect a lot of benefits as the company aims to keep their hard-working employees happy and healthy. You will even be able to be trained in-house and sharpen your skills as you grow with the company.
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4. JBS Carriers

The company boasts a fleet of 500 and workforce of 800 and is still growing. As the major feed transportation company in the States, they take pride in ‘feeding America’. Drivers from all walks of life are welcome to join their team, so if you have at least one year’s experience on the road with a legitimate CDL-A license, you have to keep your eye out for job opportunities here. As the fleet services the whole of the country, you are also able to work locally, regionally or stick to dedicated routes.
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5. Gardner Trucking

Gardner Trucking might seem like a new kid on the block, with a short company history of 30 years, but it is still one of the best in the country any truck driver would want to join. The company puts safety first to ensure all aspects of the process runs smoothly and without any near-misses. You are able to apply for positions straight from their site and will be joining forces with a fantastic team who take pride in what they do and treat each other like family.
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6. Central Freight Lines, Inc.

Don’t be put off by the look of their dated website – this freight transportation giant has been in the transportation business since 1925, and has the experience to back the multiple awards they have won over the past couple of years. At the forefront when it comes to implementing the latest logistics technology and being crowned one of the safest freight transportation companies, any truck driver would be proud to become a team member at Central Freight Lines.
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7. AAA Cooper Transport

Established in 1955, AAA Cooper Transport is another big name in the freight transportation industry that many truck drivers seek to join. With a sizeable fleet and many employee benefits, you really wouldn’t want anything else when joining a new freight transportation company. AAA Cooper Transport offers employees health insurance, health programs such as smoking cessation, life insurance,and sick pay, just to name a few. Join a green team who cares about the environment and their employees in 2018.
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8. USA Truck

When joining USA truck, you will be very pleased to learn that they are a top pay carrier in the USA, which means you will be enjoying all sorts of employee benefits including health insurance, retirement benefits, and career stability which means you are guaranteed of your job. Truck drivers driving USA Truck are also fortunate enough to be able to be home every week. If you value time with your loved ones, you should definitely keep an eye out for career possibilities here.
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9. Covenant Transport

Covenant Transport is another big name you would want to join as a truck driver this year. The company boasts many awards and offers fantastic benefits and rewards to their dedicated truck drivers. Easily apply online, and become part of the successful Covenant team. One of the benefits to those in need of financial assistance to get their CDL license is the fact that Covenant is willing to pay your tuition and you can work it off while earning your way.
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10. Marten Transport

Maybe not one of the hot shots, but Marten Transport has earned its way in the big names of freight transportation over the past couple of decades. The company was established in 1946, and has grown into the successful freight transportation servicing the nation it is today. Listed as a top pay carrier, which means truck drivers are paid some of the best rates in the country. Drivers are also acknowledged on their website, which means if you become part of the Marten team, you will definitely feel appreciated.
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Are you ready to jump in and make a move to a bigger and better freight transportation company in 2018? Be sure to shop around and have identified goals of what you wish to achieve and why you think joining the company would be a great fit for both you and the company. We hope you have found our list helpful and that you will have a prosperous 2018.

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The Top Ten Reasons Why Professional Truck Drivers Resign

The freight transportation business is not for all, but, having said that, it is possible to have staff working for the same freight transportation company for multiple years, if they are well taken care of. Truck drivers are very important to the success of any freight transportation business, and one could even go so far as to say that they are the heart and soul of freight transportation companies. Without truck drivers who diligently deliver cargo, the population would not have food on their tables, furniture in their homes, or appliances to make their lives easier.

If you are dealing with recruitment for freight transportation companies, you should know that keeping the truck drivers happy and retaining them is key to a successful freight transportation company. In this article, we discuss the main reasons why truck drivers leave their jobs.

#1 Not Being Paid Enough

According to statistics, the majority of truck drivers list not being paid enough as the main reason for resigning. In order to avoid this from happening, make sure the company is meeting the needs of truck drivers and that they are rewarded and acknowledged for the job that they are doing. Being away from home for long periods of time and not being compensated accordingly can be cause for unhappiness and frustration with the job. Recruiters and company owners can consider bumping up the paycheck and adding some benefits like health insurance.

#2 Not Happy with Dispatching Process

A lot of drivers are not paid for time spent at dispatch stations and feel that those working in dispatch do not pull their weight and helping with loading and unloading, prolonging the process and costing them more time and less money at the end of the day. Those in fleet management and dispatch should aim to work as a team together with truck drivers to ensure that processes run smoothly and is structured in a way that suits all parties involved. After all, there is no ‘I’ in theteam.

#3 Bumping Heads with Fleet Managers

As you can imagine, when there is friction at work, anyone would start feeling frustrated and look at other greener pastures. In most cases, at freight transportation companies the friction can be between truck drivers and fleet managers. Since both roles are very different, it takes two completely opposite personalities, and this can cause some friction. But how to effectively approach this, you may ask. Since it is difficult to manage different personalities, it is important to ensure that everyone is on the same level and that those hired aim to keep things professional and work towards a common goal of getting the job done the best way they can. Fleet managers should also treat drivers with respect and vice versa.

#4 Not Getting Quality Time at Home Often Enough

Even though this kind of goes with the job description, truck drivers are entitled to a certain amount of home time, and if they feel that they are not getting enough time off to spend with loved ones, they might look at other career or job options. A way to solve the issue could be to implement a more structured schedule for drivers so that they can plan their time at home and know when they will be off. Dividing off time fairly between drivers is key here, as you cannot expect one truck driver to be on call permanently while others get time off.

#5 There are Too Many Rules

If a freight transportation company employ a string of rules and regulations that may make a truck driver feel boxed in, it could cause some frustration. Even though this is not one of the major reasons why truck drivers leave their jobs, feeling like their every move is being monitored and not having freedom of opinion and a bit of leeway might have them looking for other opportunities elsewhere. Ensure company policies are straightforward and do not interfere with your truck drivers’ responsibilities, and you should have a happy fleet.

#6 There is No Room to Grow

A lot of truck drivers want to explore other avenues within the freight transportation industry, and not necessarily be on the road for the rest of their lives, whereas others might be very happy to do so. One of the reasons why truck drivers resign is the fact that they could not advance in their careers at a certain company, and that it was not encouraged by management. Be sure you have some opportunities for those truck drivers who wish to grow with the company, whether they can be trainers or join the maintenance team, encouraging growth is important.

#7 Impossible Expectations

Some truck drivers leave their jobs due to the fact that they feel the freight transportation company they worked for did not have realistic expectations and set them up to fail. This can include expecting drivers to drive longer hours, drive vehicles they are not licensed to drive or loads they are not able to transport or even drive across the border when they do not have the necessary endorsements. In order for HR to prevent this from happening, make sure that the driver appointed has the necessary experience and documentation to get the job done.

#8 Mechanical and Maintenance Issues

When hiring a new truck driver, be sure to lay all your cards on the table and discuss what would be expected of them. Usually, it is expected that truck drivers know a bit about general maintenance and mechanical issues in order to ensure they are able to address any issues while on a delivery. However, if you expect your truck drivers to conduct general maintenance and other duties while not driving and supposed to be off, this should be discussed beforehand. A lot of truck drivers leave their jobs due to the fact that they are expected to do this in their own time, meaning they are not compensated for it.

#9 Dissatisfaction with Company Communications

Some truck drivers leave simply because there is no proper communication between dispatch and themselves, or even within the whole of the freight transportation company. This could lead to misunderstandings and also a feeling of not being part of the team, a real problem when it comes to half of the team not being on-site half or more of the time. Ensure you have proper communication policies in place and that everyone adheres to this.

#10 Truck Drivers are Not Included or Praised

A big reason for being dissatisfied with a job is not being acknowledged for the hard work you put in to ensure you do a great job. This is also one of the reasons why a lot of truck drivers leave their place of employment. Freight transportation companies should go the extra mile to show their truck drivers that they are valuable assets of the company – by way of including them in company events, publishing articles of stellar reviews, listening to their opinions and suggestions on how to improve general workflow.

Keeping your truck drivers happy in their job is important and crucial to the success of any freight transportation company – a high truck driver turnaround is not only bad for companies, but also takes a lot of time and effort. Have a look at what the state of the industry was last year here. Ensure everyone is happy and committed to the company and you should be fine.

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Interesting Need-to-Know Facts About Career and Salary if You Are Considering a Job as a Truck Driver

If you are considering to become a truck driver, it is best to do some research about the trade and industry beforehand. As you can imagine, being a truck driver requires a lot of compromise, stamina, and perseverance. You will be spending a lot of time away from home, depending on the type of job and driver you become. Some CDL jobs are local and won’t require you to travel long-haul trips, while a lot of the truck driving jobs out there do.

In this post, we will walk you through all the different facts about the job and the industry, so that you can make an informed decision before committing to the trade and discover that it really is not a great fit for you.

 

1. Early Risers and Long Hours

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In most jobs, you will be required to get up real early, while in others the time of day does not really play a role. You will, however, be expected to be on the road for a certain amount of time in order for you to make your expected mileage. Depending on your preference and the needs of the specific job, you can either drive through the night or through the day.

 

2. Different Types of Payment

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Depending on the freight transportation company you work for, you will either be paid an hourly rate or a rate based on mileage. Delivery CDL driver is not paid when they are not on the road or delivering cargo.

 

3. Expected Truck Driver Salary

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Truck drivers are able to make a decent living, and as the need for more drivers increases over the years, so does the industry grow. In 2015, the average professional truck driver earned about $50,000 per annum. Not too shabby. Salary also depends on experience and may differ slightly from one freight transportation company to the next.

 

4. General Truck Driver’s Requirements

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This will vary from one state to the other, so please ensure you have the correct information and visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles to inquire about your state’s requirements. In general, however, a CDL truck driver must have a valid CDL truck driving license and be 18 years of age or older. In order for you to obtain that license, you need to get your learners by completing the test, go for training (there are a lot of truck driver training schools in the US, and some freight transportation companies will train you in-house), and then complete the final test. You will also need to have a clear drug screening test as well as a clean driving record.

 

5. Annual Driving Distances

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The majority of truck drivers are expected to drive an astonishing 2,500 miles a week, which translates to about 500 miles per day. The work is tough and the road is long and lonely. But, to the majority of truck drivers, this is not a problem as they enjoy being on the open road and discovering the country’s landscapes and towns.

 

6. Expected Working Hours

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Truck drivers are required to work up to 70 hours per week – no more and no less. Once you have spent 70 hours on the job you are required by law to drive any further for that week. By law, you have to take a 34-hour break. This is just to ensure that everyone is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed while on the job, that everything is safe and the chances of accidents are minimized. Being a truck driver can put a lot of strain on someone, as you are required to concentrate on the road for hours on end. Taking breaks become vital for your health and sanity, and the safety of the general public.

 

7. Payment Perks and Facts

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As mentioned before, some freight transportation companies will pay an hourly rate while others will pay per mile, but there are even differences between being ‘paid per mile’ and paid for ‘practical miles’. The former refers to payment based on the distance that is shown on the map, which in most cases are not a true reflection of the miles covered during your trip. The latter refers to being paid for each mile driven.

 

8. Room for Growth

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If you should decide to become a truck driver, and you build up some experience, you are able to move around in the field and do different jobs within the industry. If you enjoy driving big vehicles, you can earn a bigger salary if you should decide on driving hazardous cargo or a bigger rig. You are even able to become a truck driver trainer and earn a higher salary. In some companies, employers can even offer you a certain percentage based on the delivery you make.

 

9. General Duties

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Your duties will depend on your job and the freight transportation company you work for. In most cases, however, truck drivers are required to load and unload cargo, depending on the type of truck driving job you have. You will have to run multiple jobs a day, making different drop-offs and pick-ups. Depending on the job description, you may even have to make sure that the truck is functioning properly mechanically. In some cases, you may need to find the best route via a map, and ensure you get the goods at the delivery point on time and in one piece.

 

10. General Qualities of the Ideal Truck Driver

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When freight transportation companies are scouting for the best candidate, they have a certain type of person in mind for the job, even though experience and licenses also count, the average truck driver must have certain qualities to be able to succeed in the job. These include punctuality, being responsible, having a good driving record, being up to speed with basic mechanics on rigs, and being able to communicate effectively to name but a few.

If you are thinking about starting a career as a truck driver, you should consider the points discussed above carefully, and do some more homework to ensure you are ready and that the job requirements and qualities suit you and vice versa. If you need some more information, have a look at this interesting article and infographic on truck driving here. If you do decide to join the trucker’s way of life, welcome aboard, and many safe travels!

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Top 10 Tips on How to Become a Successful Truck Driver and Experience True Job Fulfillment

If you are starting out your career as a truck driver, and find yourself up in arms as to how you can advance in your career, you are not alone. Even those who are thinking about starting out a career as a professional truck driver might have their doubts with regard to the possibilities of growth and success. Life as a truck driver can be tough, especially when you are just starting out and trying to find your spot and reach your ultimate potential.

In this article, we take a look at some of the best tips to give struggling and new truck drivers out there to assist them with achieving their full potential and becoming the best OTR or CDL truck drivers they could be.

1. Keep a Clean Driving Record

If you would like to become a sought-after professional truck driver, you had better keep a clean driving record. Freight transportation companies are more likely to hire CDL truck drivers who don’t have a tainted record than those who are recurring road offenders. Doing so is quite simple, really. Just stick to the laws of the road and you should be fine. Keep your seatbelt on at all times while driving, never text and drive, don’t even try to drive under the influence, and stick to the speed limit.

2. A Successful Truck Driver is One Who Drives Safely

This tip goes hand-in-hand with the first one – safety should always come first and follows abiding by road laws. Protecting yourself means being alert and an assertive driver who respects other drivers but are also aware of those who are not driving well and could cause accidents. When driving safely, you are showing that you care about your job, your family, and other road users. Have a look at this infographic with interesting facts with regards to road safety.

3.Meet Deadlines and Deliver the Goods

A timely truck driver is a successful one. Stick to your itinerary and schedule and go out of your way to make your deliveries on time. We are not saying endanger everyone by speeding or driving recklessly. Your schedule should leave plenty of time and you should be able to deliver on time, but don’t get sidetracked and make unnecessary stops unless it is an emergency. Stick to the Hours of Serviceand you should be fine – remember, if you are observed as a responsible truck driver who delivers on time, you are more likely to get fantastic references from fleet managers and freight transportation companies.

4. Keep Stress Levels Low

Stress can cause a lot of strain and pressure when at work, even more so for truck drivers who work hard and spend long hours driving. When you allow stress to influence your work, it could have a ripple effect and may influence your driving ability. In order for you to keep your head in the game, try to lead a balanced life while working, by getting some exercise, practicing a hobby, and following a healthy diet.

5. Give it Your All and Work Hard

By showing your employers, you are willing to put in the hours and go the extra mile, pun intended, will pave the way for your future endeavors. If you show your team that you are there to work and put in extra effort, you are bound to make a good impression and be a successful truck driver. As with anything in life, you receive what you give, if you do something half-heartedly, you will have a much harder time at work and won’t reap the rewards of giving it your all.

6. Be Willing and Available

Even though it might be difficult for those with young families, being able to take on extra work and more loads when the fleet manager needs someone urgently, you are more than likely going to achieve success early on – those with a ‘can do’ attitude will always be successful. Sometimes it is worth making compromises and putting everything in while you are building your experience and name in the industry, later on, you and your family will benefit from it.

7. Get the Necessary Paperwork

A successful truck driver will always ensure that they have the necessary paperwork including licenses to do the job on hand legally and efficiently. If you need extra endorsements, go out and get it. If you need any extra training to excel at your job, complete it.

8. Broaden Your Horizons Within the Company

Show interest in other departments at the company you are employed at. Learn everything you can about different departments and how the company works, get to know your colleagues and you’re your superiors that you are willing and able to grow along with the company in all the departments. This will not only aid in becoming a successful truck driver but also teach you different aspects of the industry and prepare you for anything that you may come to face in the lifespan of your truck driving career.

9. Respect and Trust Your Team

Do your best to bond with and nurture friendships with the people you work with. Treat them with the same level of respect that you want them to treat you. Even though it is said that a lot of truck drivers don’t get along with their dispatch team or fleet managers, you should try your best to maintain healthy relationships with everyone who works with you. Not only will this ensure a healthy workplace environment and atmosphere, but it will also show others that you are professional.

10.Empower Yourself with Knowledge

Even though this is not always a requirement for truck driving positions, you should aim to build up enough knowledge with regards to truck maintenance and mechanics. This will give you that extra edge when applying for jobs, and you also won’t have to worry about running into a problem while on the job and being stranded and relying on a mechanic who is miles away and trying to explain to you how to fix something you could have done within a couple of minutes yourself.

It is not an easy job, but it does pay off. If you set your goals and keep at it, you should be a successful truck driver within no-time. Remember to always make time for family when you are not on the road and have some precious time off at home. All the best to you in your goal to become a successful truck driver.

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