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Read Below and Discover the Best Truck Driving Companies for 2016
Running a truck driving company or fleet is a balancing act. A good owner has to keep drivers happy while satisfying customers and building repeat business. This can be tough, which is why the TCA runs the Best Fleets to Drive For awards. Every... more
10 Best Funny Trucking Video Mishaps
You know what’s worse than experiencing an embarrassing moment? Having that moment caught on video! Unfortunately for the drivers in these YouTube truck driver videos, their bad luck was captured for all to witness. So let these trucking mishap videos be reminders to always put safety first in your trucking career. Check out these 10... more
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There’s more to life than driving, sleeping, and eating, right? Of course you want to be as efficient as possible on the road so you can get back home and enjoy your home time, but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses when you’re driving. You don’t have to travel far for on-the-road entertainment. There are plenty of historical, bizarre, and picturesque roadside attractions that... more
Is Bigger Always Better? Benefits of Working for a Small Trucking Company
You've probably heard other truck drivers talk badly about small truck driving companies. Maybe you've even made the mistake of ignoring job listings at small companies in favor of those at national companies. In this industry, small trucking companies often get a bad rap, which is actually very unfair... more
Can I become a trucker if I have a prior police record or traffic tickets?
Truck driving is a field that can create opportunities for a wide variety of people. However, if your criminal history or driving history isn’t exactly spotless, you may wonder if you even qualify for a commercial driver's license. Learn about driving problems and criminal issues to find out if you’re... more
How does getting a DUI affect my CDL?
Getting a ticket for driving under the influence is a serious violation, both for personal and commercial drivers. However, it may have even more serious consequences if you have a commercial driver’s license. This is even true if you are operating a personal vehicle when you get a DUI, since those who earn commercial drivers’ licenses... more
Car Hauler FAQ’s
The trucking industry truly offers a variety of career options for skilled drivers with the proper training and endorsements. There has been a nationwide shortage of drivers for several years now, and this is expected... more
What will I learn in my CDL training?
If you’ve never driven a straight truck or tractor-trailer before, it may seem fairly straightforward. As long as you drive safely and have a solid route to follow, you should be ready to go, right? Actually, CDL training is a comprehensive educational program that covers many different aspects of safely navigating a large truck around... more
Top US Trucking Companies to Drive For
For lots of drivers, the problem isn't finding trucking jobs—it’s effectively narrowing them down. There are so many semi-truck companies around the United States that you can get overwhelmed trying to compare them. Keep reading to learn more about your options and find out how to pick the top US trucking companies that treat their... more
Want to Earn Your Class A CDL?
Truck Driver salaries can be an extremely varied list when truck drivers have their Class A CDL after training or school. CDL A is a classification breakdown of all the different types of driving classifications. CDL Classifications in A cover vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating that is 26,001 pounds or more and also is towing anything... more
Dedicated Trucking: Consistent, Reliable, in High Demand.
As you look for the perfect truck driving job for your CDL class, your schedule, and your career goals, you may have come across dedicated truck driving jobs. Dedicated jobs are often in high demand among truckers, since they can give you reliability and stability in your schedule. Learn more about dedicated truck... more
GPS for Truck Drivers
Whether you drive the same route every day or you take on new trips every time you drive, you can’t ignore the benefits of a solid GPS system. Reading maps can be tricky and even dangerous if you try to read while driving. Furthermore, maps may not have up-to-date information on bridge weight limits, closed roads, and alternate routes.
Drug Testing at Trucking Companies: What You Need to Know
Going for a drug test is a nerve-wracking experience, regardless of how confident you are about passing it. Whether you are a new truck driver getting ready for your pre-employment drug screen or an experienced driver who is required to take a test after a road incident, learning more about the truck driving drug test... more
Everything you Need to Know About Oil Field Driver Jobs
Job opportunities for CDL drivers in oil fields are increasing due to the boost in fracking across the country, especially where oil and gas company initiatives are concentrated. If you live in an area where oil field driver jobs are available, you might want to consider this career for several reasons.
Alltrucking's Top 10 Tips for Truck Drivers Searching for a Job
Whether you're fresh out of driving school or you have decades of truck driving experience behind you, the job search is always a little intimidating. You don't know who you're going up against, how competitive a job is, or how long it will take you to find a job. Don't put off the truck job search any longer.... more
What to expect as a First Year Truck Driver
The ability to travel on a regular basis while making money doing something you love is a privilege and a dream for most. One of the few employment positions that have this privilege are truck drivers. Drivers deliver items from around the world throughout the U.S. and sometimes even Canada and Mexico. Truckers are an essential... more
Starting out in the trucking industry can be frustrating for rookies. What most new truck drivers do not understand is that experience is where the money is. Just like with any other job, entry level positions do pay considerably less. Going through a truck driving school that offers employment placement assistance really is your best bet. Inexperienced tractor trailer drivers are a... more
Discover what it is to be a Flatbed Truck Driver
The majority of loads truckers haul can easily be transported by tractor-trailers. However, many companies produce goods that cannot be transported by traditional means, due to their size or shape. When this happens, companies turn to flatbed truck drivers.
Flatbed trucks have goods that are tied down to the truck,... more
What are fuel handler and fuel driver jobs?
Typically, fuel handlers transport fuel from petroleum companies to gas stations and other places that need fuel. Drivers transport fuel in large tanker trucks and have many responsibilities that require company-specific training that goes beyond your CDL and endorsement requirements. The information below is meant to help you... more
Discover the Best CDL Refresher Course Here
The amount of work that goes into driving a commercial truck is pretty crazy. As a CDL holder, you probably already know that. If you don’t use your CDL for a period of time, it’s easy to forget skills and laws that dictate your time on the road. Unfortunately, going too long without a truck driving job may make companies hesitant... more
It is no secret that over the road, or OTR, truck drivers make the best money. Walmart is one of the highest paying, with an average salary of $71,500 per year before bonuses. Over the road drivers are paid more due to the type of travel, the hours involved and all of the different road laws that must be followed in... more
Applying for your First Truck Driving Job? This is the Guide for you
You’ve made it this far in your job search—you have a CDL in your home state, you feel confident that you can get behind the wheel of a commercial truck and actually drive it, and you’re ready to start earning money. But how do you get that first truck driving job?
As you search for “CDL jobs no... more
How can I study for my CDL?
Before you can start your career as a commercial truck driver, you have to go through the commercial drivers licensing process layout by your state. This includes at least two exams: a written exam and a skills exam. If you want to get additional endorsements on your license, you may have to complete even more than that. Studying extensively for... more
How much time will I need to commit to a CDL program?
As you look into truck driving schools in your area, you may see that most truck driving programs are full-time. If you’re dedicating 40 hours a week to your truck driving training, you may be unable to work until you get your CDL. Knowing how long CDL programs last can help you plan accordingly, ensure that you can take... more
How to Beat Being Lonely on the Road
There’s a lot to like about the trucking industry—the money, not being stuck behind a desk, working on your own, and the opportunity to become an owner-operator, to name a few benefits. But like all jobs, with the benefits of truck driving, you also have to deal with the downsides of this industry.
Loneliness is a major problem... more
Passing the DOT Physical
Truck driving is a career path that requires excellent health. Spending a lot of time seated, a condition that includes driving time, is a significant health risk. Your employer must ensure that you are healthy enough to take that health risk before they put you on the road.
In order to keep the roads safe and minimize health problems for... more
How to Start a Trucking Company: Be your Own Boss
You've worked as an owner-operator long enough to know that you're ready for the next step. You know the industry and you're confident that you can give customers high-quality service. What's the next step in starting a small trucking company?
Read the tips listed below to find out what other small truck company... more
Although we do not know the exact impact humans are having in connection with transportation and climate change, we do know that the Earth’s climate is behaving in ways we did not prepare for. The nation’s roadways are the perfect example of how you can make a prediction, but reality is usually much different. Climate change is already having an effect on almost every industry. From... more
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What is a Lease Purchase Truck Driving Job?
Whether you have been in the truck driving industry for years or you’re just starting your truck driving journey, you’ve likely considered the benefits of truck ownership. As a truck owner, you may be able to keep more of your pay, drive a truck that best suits your needs, and become self-employed when you feel ready for that stage... more
Best Trucking Rants You Need to Hear
Look, we obviously love the trucking industry as much as anyone, and more than most. That’s why we also know that the trucking industry has its shares of ups and downs, just like any occupation or industry. If you work in trucking, then you probably know there are many trucking video personalities that sit behind the wheel and keep our... more
Are you thinking about becoming a livestock hauler?
If you live in a city where livestock is frequently transported locally, regionally or across the country, you might be thinking about these types of trucking positions. Livestock hauling might not be for every kind of trucker. Remember, you’re dealing with live animals. This isn’t haulin’ BBQ sauce to Wal-Mart. You might... more
Interested in a Local Truck Driving Job?
Are you interested in driving a truck for a living but want to be able to return home on a daily basis? If you’re considering putting your driving skills to use in a local truck driving career, keep reading to learn more about what it’s like to work in this career. You can also find jobs driving locally directly from our site.
Interested in a OTR Truck Driving Job? Read Here and Apply on Alltrucking.com
Whether you’ve been in the trucking industry for ten years or you’re just getting started as a truck driver, you’ve likely seen OTR job listings during your job search. Over-the-road driving is one of the most in-demand truck driving jobs in many parts of the United States. This may be due to the... more
If you’re checking out this page for O/O Truck Driver salaries, then you already more than likely know the ins and outs of a Class A CDL. If you don’t, we have another page that is dedicated to the salary & information around a Class A CDL. Becoming an Owner Operator is more than just driving a truck,... more
Reefer Truck Driving Jobs
Food is one of the main products transported by truck drivers. In some cases, food and perishable goods are transported clear across the country by skilled truck drivers. Driving a refrigerated truck (also known as a “reefer” in the trucking industry) requires extra responsibility and job tasks, so it may be a great way for you to take your trucking... more
Regional Truck Driving Jobs in America
As a professional truck driver, you may be looking for balance. You want to spend time on the road and get familiar with your assigned routes, but you also want to return home on a fairly regular basis. If you’re looking for a truck driving career that offers the best of local truck driving jobs and over-the-road truck driving jobs,... more
Are there scholarships or grants available for trucking school?
Coming up with the money to go to school can be intimidating, even if you know that it’s a great investment that can change your future. Luckily, the field of trucking has a significant shortage of drivers. Because of how rapidly this industry is growing, many organizations and employers hope to make trucking... more
The Story of PAM Transport
The story of PAM Transport is one that demonstrates the importance of making wise business decisions, waiting for the right place and the right time, and persevering. Paul Allen Maestri, the founder of this thriving company, chose the right time to start a trucking company. This decision has yielded huge benefits for decades.
Learn more... more
The Story of Carl Moyes
Every trucking company owner hopes that their company will go on to become the next international transportation chain that brings in tens of millions of dollars every year, but only a few trucking companies reach that level of success. What sets them apart? What makes these entrepreneurs so wildly successful?
To answer that, keep reading to... more
Discover about Tanker Truck Driving Jobs
Quite a few in-demand careers in the trucking industry involve the transportation of potentially hazardous materials and liquids. If you are willing to adhere to additional standards and laws while driving your truck, you may be a perfect fit for a tanker trucking job. If you are considering furthering your trucking career with a... more
What are Team Truck Driving Jobs?
Truck driving can be a very solitary job. While this is perfect for people who like to work alone, it can be very isolating for those who enjoy having company while working and who prefer to work as part of a team. If you like the idea of driving for your career but don’t want to spend your days alone on the road, you may want to learn more... more
Dangerous Trucking Hauls
You think life on the road is just daydreaming out the window with your radio turned up and the breeze in your hair? Yeah, maybe that’s how it feels sometimes. And those are the best days. But anyone who has experience in the industry knows that every day can be filled with the unexpected. That’s why we compiled these 10 dangerous trucking hauls... more
Top 10 Healthy Truck Stop Foods to Become a Healthy Trucker
Eating healthy while on the road is a challenge if you don’t plan ahead. Once you get into the habit of planning ahead for trips, you can bring snack foods with you to avoid overdoing it on fast food and candy and become a healthy trucker.
Even if you have to rely on gas stations and truck stops for your food... more
Alltrucking's Semi Truck Seats Review
As a truck driver, you can legally drive up to 11 hours in a 14-hour period after getting at least 10 hours of rest. That is a lot of time spent sitting, so you may as well be comfortable when you’re in the driver’s seat. If you own your truck, you can make upgrades and alterations to it as you wish, as long as your truck remains legal... more
Why Should I Get My Tanker Endorsement?
You are working toward your commercial driver’s license, or perhaps you're looking for a way to make your commercial driver’s license more competitive in the workplace. A tanker endorsement may be just what you need.
Endorsements allow you to perform specific trucking functions that most drivers cannot do. As a result, earning... more
Why Should I Get My Combination Vehicles Endorsement?
The trucking industry is constantly changing. Trucking companies add new types of tractors and trailers, get new customers with different needs, and rearrange hauls to make the most of their drivers’ miles. The more different trucks and vehicles you can drive, the easier it may be for you to adjust as the industry changes... more
Why Should I Get My Hazardous Materials Endorsement?
When you find out how much time and studying it takes to get a hazardous materials endorsement, you may be wondering how this endorsement can improve your career and pay off for you.
A hazardous materials endorsement is in high demand in the trucking industry. With the potential danger in these materials, truckers... more
Best Fitness Options for Truckers - The Top Exercises for Truck Drivers
Trucking careers offer lots of benefits, but one downside of this industry is how difficult it is to stay healthy. Sitting up to 11 hours per day is hard on your body and your overall health, especially combined with sleep deprivation, truck stop food, and minimal physical activity.
You don’t need... more
In the course of your trucking career, you may bring loads to a variety of places. However, if you need to drive to sensitive or protected locations, it's likely that you'll need to go through additional security steps or provide government identification. The TWIC card is a type of identification that allows you access to maritime facilities.
What Is a TWIC Card?
Top Bets for CB Radios
A good CB radio is essential for communication while on the road. In addition to providing essential information on crashes, safety risks, and traffic concerns, CB radios also provide entertainment and company to truckers. To answer the question “What is the best CB radio?” you have to consider the features you want, your budget, and what is practical... more
Great Tips for Your Trucking Inspection
The pre-trip inspection is one of the most important parts of any drive. If you get stopped or your vehicle gets inspected, you want to know that you thoroughly checked every single part of your vehicle before hitting the road. Since a pre-trip inspection can take a long time, it’s important to have a process that you can trust. Follow... more
Tips for Staying Awake for Truck Drivers
Call it what you want: zoning out, drifting off, highway hypnosis, or drowsy driving. No matter what you call the sensation, the effect is the same. Getting tired or sleepy while driving puts you and others on the road at huge risk.
Even if you never actually fall asleep, driving while drowsy increases your reaction time and... more
Why Should I Get My Passenger Endorsement?
Being able to transport passengers is a huge advantage to have in your trucking career. Many commercial vehicles are designed to hold large groups of people, and that task comes with different challenges than general truck driving. If you get a school bus or passenger endorsement, you can legally drive groups of 16 or more people.... more
Why Should I Get My Doubles and Triples Endorsement?
A Class A, B, or C driver’s license is a good start to your trucking career, but taking your education further with the doubles and triples test can expand the job titles and loads that you qualify for. A doubles and triples endorsement is a fairly quick and simple way to do more with your license and apply for a greater... more
10 Truck Driving Apps That You Need
Sure, you could work as a truck driver without a smartphone, but why would you want to? An Android smartphone or iPhone can help you drive more safely, make better use of your road time, improve your health, and keep you in contact with loved ones.
As the trucking industry embraces new technology some eye popping statistics show if... more
Top 30 Questions for Truckers to Ask in Interviews
There is one huge interview mistake that most truck drivers make at some point in their careers. You may have done the same. If you go into an interview anxious about whether or not you can prove that you are right for the company, you are missing a huge factor in choosing a job: if a particular company is right for you.... more
Top 5 Pet Friendly Trucking Companies
Being an over-the-road truck driver can be lonely, especially if you take routes that require you to be away from home for weeks at a time. This type of schedule can also make it difficult to have pets, since few people have friends or family willing to pet sit almost every day.
Luckily, more trucking companies are starting to let... more
Top GPS Models for Trucking
If you already work in the transportation industry then you know how important it is to find the best truck GPS navigation for several reasons. Obviously, drivers need to know how to get to where they’re going – but GPS systems can offer drivers and everyone else in the supply chain benefits that were only dreamed of not too long ago.
Here is the Top News in Truck Driving Jobs for 2016
2015 was a great year for the trucking industry. The industry as a whole saw huge growth, which meant more miles and more money for truck drivers like you. Heading into 2016, what does the field of truck driving have in store? Learn more about some of the biggest stories in truck driving jobs for 2016.
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Here are Alltruckings Top Instragrams to Follow
We can’t think of a better use of social media for truckers to use than Instagram. This photo app is perfect for showcasing life on the road: from scenic views to products being shipped, infographs about the industry and other relevant content that fits the context of the app. If you are one of the many truckers on IG and want... more
Ten Trucking Twitter Accounts You absolutely Must Follow
According to a 2013 article by AdWeek, a world-renowned advertising publication, 68% of trucking companies use social media. The same article states that two-thirds of those companies use Twitter. There can be several reasons for a transportation company to have a presence on this platform. Even though it may not seem... more
Alltruckings Top 10 SubReddits and Reddit Categories for Truck Drivers
Let’s say you want to follow the latest discussions and social media buzz about the trucking life, industry, news, and other related content. And let’s say you also wanted to chronicle your experiences on the road for others to learn from, laugh along with, or find useful. There are many trucking... more
Why Should I Get My Air Brakes Endorsement?
If you're looking into getting your commercial driver’s license, you may discover that the general knowledge test isn't the only test you need to take if you want a full Class A license. In many states, failing the air brakes test means that you get a restriction placed on your license. This restriction keeps you from driving... more
A Tow Truck Driver whether working for themselves or for another company as a tow contractor or employee will be faced with the US DOT mandate that anyone driving a truck over 26,001 pound or towing anything greater than 10,000 pounds must hold a a commercial drivers license. The CDL that covers a tow truck driver is a Class A which makes sure that a tow operator will have the... more
Truck Driver Cooking Equipment and Supplies
Have you gotten into the habit of eating on the go and relying on truck stops, gas stations, and fast food? We’ve all been there. Not only does this type of eating tank your budget, it can do a number on your health, too. With a little bit of planning and the right tools, you can get cooking on the road, enjoy more energy, and... more
There are approximately 3.6 million professional truck drivers in the United States, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Of these drivers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that more than 2 million drive... more
What Kind of Truck Driving Certifications Exsist?
You’ve likely been attracted to the field of truck driving because you’re aware that you can earn a pretty competitive salary in this field. However, if you’re willing to spend a little bit more time in school and take a couple of extra tests, you may be able to boost your income considerably. Many states have different... more
The Story of Chester England
Quick, name three truck driving companies off the top of your head. Chances are good that CR England was among the companies you named. CR England is one of the oldest truck driving companies in the United States, and it is also one of the most successful. The story of Chester England's rise from solo truck driver to founder of a huge trucking... more
Trucking Jobs and Opportunities for Veterans
Military veterans often build an impressive set of mechanical and knowledge-based skills, as well as leadership capabilities that they can apply in civilian roles once they fulfill their sworn duties.
Trucking schools and carriers recognize these high quality character traits and the job skills our veterans possess. That’s... more
Hourly pay is not a common occurrence in the truck driving industry. It has its pros and cons, as with any other job. While it may seem that being paid hourly as a truck driver is beneficial, it is not always lucrative. For local drivers, hourly pay is a better option. Route drivers are usually paid overtime, but other truck driving positions do not pay overtime. It is straight pay,... more
Truck drivers that are paid per mile see varying wages depending on their experience, the region they work in and the company they are employed with. A majority of trucking companies pay between $0.28 and $0.40 cents per mile according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics... more
How Much Does Truck Driving School Cost?
As you start to consider attending trucking school and think about how it could change your life, it’s important to think about the financial investment involved in becoming a truck driver. Finding out how much truck driving school costs can help you prepare adequately for this part of your life and ensure that your finances are in... more
What happens if I have an accident while driving a truck?
Car accidents are one of the scariest experiences you can go through, but it’s even worse if you do it in a work vehicle when you drive for a living. If you have recently had a vehicle accident while on the job as a truck driver, you may be wondering how this will affect your career and if you’ll still be able to... more
Trucking Companies & Jobs That Provide Training
It’s no secret that transportation companies across the United States need drivers. With the seemingly never-ending driver shortage, there are opportunities for all types of drivers, with a variety of qualifications and endorsements.
One benefit of moving into the trucking industry is the number of companies that... more
What are the Different Types of Truck Driving Endorsments?
When you go to apply for your CDL or your learner’s permit, you may have to tell the DMV which endorsements you are interested in earning. Endorsements are simply extra permissions you can add to your CDL. Endorsements allow you to transport certain types of goods or drive specific types of vehicles that are... more
Truck Driving Pay Structure
Some truck drivers get paid hourly. Many of the hourly paid company truck drivers drive either locally or regionally. There is a pretty large gap in the rage of their pay within the same job descriptions especially when comparing some of the union jobs to non union truck driving jobs. The range can be all the way from $7 or $8 dollars up to $16... more
How can I find information about tuition reimbursement for trucking school?
Figuring out how you’re going to pay for your education may be one of the most daunting steps of getting ready for a new career, no matter which type of training you plan on completing. Luckily, trucking is a growing and in-demand field with plenty of financing options.
As a new student, you... more
What are the different kinds of truck drivers?
One of the largest benefits of working as a truck driver is the wide variety of job titles and specialized job types you can apply for. In some cases, these jobs require specialized training or additional education. In other cases, these jobs simply require you to be interested in new responsibilities and willing to learn a new... more
What if… automated trucking takes over?
Now that we are all familiar with Google’s driverless car initiative, and the buzz about a driverless trucking future, it’s not too hard to imagine how this will affect the future of the transportation industry. Is it time to freak out about robots and computers taking away trucking jobs? Will there be a day when all driving jobs are... more
How Different would Trucking be if it was Majority Women?
There is currently a big disparity between the number of women in the workforce and in management positions compared to the number of women in trucking. If you want to know ‘How many women are in trucking?’ here you go… According to a May 2016 article, the driver population for truckers is only 6% female, compared... more
Where can I take my DOT Physical?
Before you begin the process of getting your commercial driver’s license, you must meet the physical requirements of the trucking industry. Find out where you can get your DOT physical exam and take the next step in your new career.
Federal Physical Requirements
For many years, truck drivers could go to any licensed doctor... more
Oh, no! You’re driving your personal or commercial vehicle when you suddenly see blue and red lights flashing behind you. As much as you hope that they are not meant for you, they are. By the time you drive away, you have one or more tickets. If you have a commercial driver’s license, a traffic ticket may obviously affect your career and... more