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What to Expect Your First Year as a New Truck Driver

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A new truck driver endures the most challenging part of his entire career, in their first year. Just a few things the new trucker ought to be aware of, so you know what to expect in your first year. The pay is often lower than a more experienced driver, the loads dispatched to new drivers aren't usually premium loads, new drivers are often kept out on the road for very long periods of time, and sometimes trucking companies take advantage of new drivers. This first year may be somewhat stressful, but is necessary to get in hours behind the wheel, and get experience to add to your resume. Trucking companies like to hire drivers with experience, so you may not have much choice when it comes to your very first job in the trucking industry. After the first year, things should start to get better..... the driver will usually travel with his own company truck, and not as a team member/driver trainer, so become more independent. The loads will be better and things will fall into place. If you love to drive, hang in there... it'll be worth it in the long run. For more information to find out what to really expect from that first year as a CDL driver, check out http://www.smart-trucking.com/new-truck-driver.html . ------------------------------------------------------------------------ If you're a truck driver, or interested in becoming a truck driver, be sure to subscribe to our Smart Trucking Channel for tips and advice which may be useful in your trucking career. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDLYpkffTdRP_7gSf18CAXA?view_as=subscriber CONNECT WITH US! Smart Trucking -- http://www.facebook.com/SmartTrucking -- http://www.google.com/+Smart-Trucking --http://www.twitter.com/Smart_Trucking --http://www.pinterest.com/smarttrucking Music From Apple Library Song: Windy City Medium Artist: Apple Inc.
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Tommy Nightmare (13 days ago)
Weren't you the guy in Smokey and the Bandit?
Tommy Nightmare (6 days ago)
I wanted to be an Astronaut when I was 5, but after I Saw "Convoy" (movie), "B.J. and the Bear", and "Moving on" than after "Smokey and the Bandit" That was back when Drivers really Personalized their Trucks and they were truly beautiful. I wanted to be a Trucker after that.
Smart-Trucking.com (9 days ago)
No, wasn't me. I liked his rig though. Dave
F3AR cLuTcH (17 days ago)
I started driving my fathers 18 speed peterbilt 379 when i was 18 with a dump truck license. My father taught me how to drive a tractor trailer when I was 10 and I'm only 22 now and I'm still very good at driving
FUTURE Farms (18 days ago)
Love that Peterbilt
Smart-Trucking.com (9 days ago)
Thank you! It is nice to drive. Dave
C4Rilla kingpin (22 days ago)
Hey thanks for sharing
Tidiest Flyer (26 days ago)
Ive got my life laid out. 1: im gunna go to college 2: try to get the job that i got a degree for if it fails or just doesn't work out for some reason 4: become a truck driver. because i love engines and working on cars. Im a self taught mechanic, Ive replaced timing belts, batteries (wow real impressive huh), catalytic converters, modern electronic ignitions, cooling systems. But I dont want to become a mechanic. I dont like being the guy that sells something way over priced. If I become a truck driver, I could do all the repairs my self. I have the know how on how to do it. Me watching these videos is like a backup plan.
Smart-Trucking.com (21 days ago)
You sound like good trucker material! Dave
Jim Phelps (1 month ago)
Question, I am curious if there are any companies to lease on with part time with my own truck? Please let me know any thoughts on this. Thanks!
Jim Phelps (20 days ago)
Hey thanks for the reply. As it stands I am in the process of buying my own Pete 379 and getting my own Authority. The truck will be paid for so my hope is to run part time for the first year or so.
Smart-Trucking.com (21 days ago)
I don't know of any but I would think that there would be some. The cost of insuring and plating a part time truck may be the problem. Dave
Astalonte2 (1 month ago)
You are lucky with all those open roads in USA. I drive a 20t rigid Volvo in Scotland transporting cattle food and machinery and is quite challenging. Narrow places, dirty trucks and ice and rain all the year.
Smart-Trucking.com (21 days ago)
Yup, I heard it could be very challenging over there but i bet you never fall asleep at the wheel from boredom! Drive safe! Dave
un_COG (1 month ago)
Invaluable wisdom.
XxzombiekillerxX mlg pro (1 month ago)
I drove over 40 YRS best way to become a truck driver is take a hammer hit yourself in the head real hard till you have brain damage when your total nuts your ready ,it's better to make yourself crazy than let the dispatchers do it,just kidding bet the one guys right learn to say no it could save someone's life
Andres Benavides (1 month ago)
This sounds like the life of an infantry man in the army. Okay, if I can handle that 6 years of bull shit I think I'll be okay driving for the next 20 years. Pretty excited about it but I know it'll be tough that's forsure.
Bubba Brazil (1 month ago)
what's the top 5 or or 10 things I want to get out of a trucking company as a CDL holder with zero experience
Frank Alfani (1 month ago)
Thanks for this video. I'm about to make my career change to this work. its been a dream of mine for many years!
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Take your time, never rush and you'll be fine. Dave
Ernesto Mercado (2 months ago)
dude THANKS for the Info... good luck to me on this new career.😎
Ben (2 months ago)
The dude chuckling behind the camera! Hahaha
samayza 200 (2 months ago)
how long is the course to be a trucker
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
Depends on the school I imagine but somewhere around three weeks I would think. Dave
русский гордость (2 months ago)
that bird is getting on my nerves
Francisco López (2 months ago)
Because of most new drivers that don't know much about the business is one of the reasons why older drivers get screwed!
BigDish101 (3 months ago)
Can one go straight into being an owner-operator providing they have the credit/resources to buy a truck right away?
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
Yes, but there's a world of knowledge you'll need and that's best gained by being a company driver first for at least a few years. Dave
Paul Jordan (3 months ago)
Thank for the tips
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
No trouble, glad to help. Dave
†415KїddTv (3 months ago)
truck driving k
All Be Informed Knowledge Is Power House (3 months ago)
love this channel 🤗😂😂😂, they give you nothing but the true info.
Jonathan t (3 months ago)
I've been driving for a while and my advice is that if you like being by yourself then you'll be fine and if you want a good career in trucking just find the right company all these guys saying how it's horrible are just mad cause they got felonies and drug abuse history so the only compaines that will hire em are companies like cr england. prime inc is a good starter company good training and good pay but if you got records and drug abuse then don't except to get hired cause there a respectable company that hires respectable people. the first year can be fun if you get the right company like prime and just have fun with it your life you've been driving in little cars now your drive a big as truck its fun and you get to see the country and after your first year if you don't like long halls then find local stuff like hauling gas or beer or food you might still be gone for a day or two but it's not bad or be the garbage truck driver you don't touch trash and you get paid 80% more then the guys who do or get a job with a excavating company hauling dirt off sites that's good pay to once you get a CDL and get through the first year which for me flew by there's an entire world of opportunity if you search for it it won't just come to your doorstep. stay out of trouble don't get discouraged by these hate comments from deadbeats. you'll eventually find a job you love with good pay if you work hard for it
Waleed Hussein (3 months ago)
I quit this job after two years of driving. It's not worth it. I don't believe that they call it a job. It's dangerous. Too much regulation. Too many hours of work. Lonely. Dealing with 4 wheelers was the worst thing. Low pay. Unhealthy job. For people who want to be a truck driver. Go to any truck stop and watch the people who is getting in and out that fuel station. Watch what they look like especially in the morning.
ohWillyum (2 months ago)
Waleed Hussein maybe this job wasn't the right fit for you, and maybe the company wasn't either.
Mike Luckett (3 months ago)
wow some of the best advice I've heard on The job of a professional driver.thank you DAVE. if I could say one thing it would take your time and move slowly,you can get out of any bad situation just think your way out,if you don't have time you were moving to fast.🇺🇸👊
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
Exactly right! Drive safe Mike. Dave
Random Black Guy (3 months ago)
The trick is to get your own truck and your own authority, your own trailer and get rid of these dispatchers. When you get your own truck with your own authority, you get to decided what loads you want and don't want. You get a heck of a lot more cash, mainly because there is no dispatcher to take the cut. My dad is talking to guys that's been doing this and they would be earning over 10k a week, no lie. My dad showed me a screenshot of one of his buddies doing a load for 1.5k, easy money My dad already owns his truck under his own company but he's currently working to get his own authority. With that comes time and patience and it will be difficult the first couple of times but you will get use to it (as they say). He's currently talking with his insurance company to have the proper insurance for it. Once that's over with, he'll wait for 3 weeks (a month basically) and he will have his own authority and a trailer to work with. Then he'll be set. With the truck industry, you have to fight for your own and part of that is doing your own thing and not having these snakey dispatchers literally taking your cash
Ej Tipperreiter (4 months ago)
Great Video, very well put!
Smart-Trucking.com (4 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
FinnishLad (4 months ago)
This is so much different than here in europe O.o
Bryan M (27 days ago)
FinnishLad can you describe the difference?
Terry Franks (5 months ago)
you just put all my worries into perspective sir.Much beers to you sir.Im 47 and my dad has been driving for 46 and never was willing to teach me a thing.So im going out pretty much blind.Thank you sir.
Arshdeep Sandhu (5 months ago)
hello sir, I am from India and I wanna drive big truck. in India I drive mini truck. can you guide me
Brandon (5 months ago)
Any New drivers out there download a app called truckers path one of the best tools out there
Cynthia Ferguson (5 months ago)
i really want to be a truck driver so bad
Michael Stutts (5 months ago)
Cynthia Ferguson For my retirement I want to become a truck driver, and Roll Tide!
Smart-Trucking.com (5 months ago)
First we'll have to have you drug tested. Dave
The Asian Mai Show (5 months ago)
i appreciate this man. Thanks for the words of wisdom. This inspires me on my channel!
Shane Robbins (5 months ago)
great video thank you sir
Dis Guy Nowhere (6 months ago)
Great advice .. I understand the trucker business. I recently went thru a big trucker industry, got my class A license but ended up in a shitty atmosphere with this company, I'm still under their contract till I pay them off . I guna pay them their money .. I didn't get in this business to be give up . I understand I owe them money . I have ever intention to pay them , but can I still be in the trucker industry n be pick up with any company ?? I can drive but still need training... pass my test pest on manual, drove on a automatic..
turk 19 (6 months ago)
can you elaborate on the kind of nasty things that happen in the sleeper with a trainer
turk 19 (6 months ago)
Sick
Smart-Trucking.com (6 months ago)
There are a couple documented cases of attempted rape by driver trainers. Dave
Timothy Tj (6 months ago)
good info.i did a mere 50,000+ OTR years ago, and this is good solid info.
Dennis Mckown (6 months ago)
the best city map to get, for Chicago, is the "low bridges" map. Chicago has a lot of low bridges, less than 13 ft.
rogerio prad (6 months ago)
Beautiful advice, thank you, very true in all aspects!
gravytrain416 (7 months ago)
That was a good video, unlike some I've seen on YouTube. I've been in this thing for 16 years, and every once in a while I still have to make a couple tries backing up. Sometimes I still miss a gear. We'll never be perfect. None of us are. You keep learning something new, no matter how long you do it. I had to do my time to get the sweet deal I have now. I've lived in a truck, spent days away from home, but no more. Pulling empties for a trailer repair shop and sleeping at home every night is a dream job. I feel SO fortunate to have fallen into what I have now. It's hourly paid, but it's still not bad money. Hang in there and do the best you can. Like you say, it's about putting the days and miles under your belt and getting the experience built up. The more experience, the better position you can attain. Nothing, including trucking, is easy when you first start.
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
Well said and all true> Dave
Frank Roberts (7 months ago)
I am 63 yrs old retired started out hauling swinging meat. You are giving them good info. trucking has its rewards if you work hard, and like what your doing.
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
You know, I hauled swinging meat back in the day but I never hear about that anymore. Hauled it for Canyon Dist. Does anyone haul swinging anymore or is everything boxed now? Dave
Timbrock1000 (7 months ago)
I'M A SECURITY GUARD AT A TRUCK STOP. I see and know a few drivers who come and go there every few weeks by name. I keep out the riff-raff and unscrupulous people (such as drug dealers, vagrants, "lot lizards", etc) who have no business at the place away. After being there the past few months, I'm thinking about getting into trucking.
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
It's rarely boring, you may find you like it. Dave
Driven home (7 months ago)
Wonder if you survive the tough stuff and they keep giving it to you. When does a truck driver say.. yeah... no more.
caleb's vlogs (7 months ago)
the 52 people who disliked this are swift drivers 😂
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
I bet you're right! Dave
Adam Adam (7 months ago)
I do actually have a couple of other questions regarding truck driving. You don't have to answer all of them.Anything can help. The trucking business is all about meeting deadlines, especially where deliveries are concerned. How do you make sure that you meet deadlines when driving? What is the longest drive you have managed in your career? Do you think there is any importance of team work in this profession? How would you incorporate technology into your position as a driver and what benefit do you believe it offers in your line of work? What are your views about driving safety? What do you think are the main duties of a truck driver?
Richard Short (7 months ago)
Dear Dave, I'm 62 year old Brit living Canada. Due to the oil price I have been unemployed for a year to date. This week I took my CDL test and past. Now to start looking for work. I thought at 62 I should be winding down not up, but needs must. Gotta make a living for a few more years yet. My questions to you are, 1) Become a O/O or work for a company. 2) If I am to to go for a O/O option which brand of truck is the best and which engine manufacturer 3) How many miles on a truck would you consider to many if buying used 4) Do you go with tandem or tri axle tractor and how do you figure out axle ratios and axle weights etc as so many trucks vary 5) Stick shift or Automatic Thanks for the videos, I love the spinners but they are illegal in Canada or so I'm told. Appreciate the support you offer drivers with your honest thoughts and experiences keep up the great work. Richard
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
I've been told spinners are illegal here but no one, including my local MTO officer could find it in the book, hence they must be legal here as well. As far as the other is concerned, these days here in Canada I would be and am, a driver. I have my own truck, paid for, but it's parked because I couldn't find an honest carrier to put it on with. So, I would be a driver rather than an owner operator here. That aside, if you are determined to own your own truck I would recommend a Paccar truck, either Pete or Kw with a paccar engine. I wouldn't buy used with all the trouble they're having with the newer ones and I wouldn't buy an automatic. Axle ratio would depend on the weight you want to pull and the size of tires you go with. Go with tandem drives unless you 're pulling huge weights. Good luck and keep me posted if you have the time. Dave
jimmyt568 (7 months ago)
have been out of the industry for almost 20 yrs.. alot has changed ..but alot has has stayed the same..thinking about getting back in .. any ideas for a person who has 10+ yrs but been out for 20+?
Dj Hott (7 months ago)
jimmyt568 stay away and enjoy your life learn to play a instrument
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
I think the good carriers will beat a path to your door with 10 yrs experience. Maybe the biggest change you'll notice is how bad the traffic is now compared to 20 yrs ago. Try to find a job to ease back into it, don't go back and start out with a run peddling LTL in NYC. Dave
Daniel Kennedy (7 months ago)
Dave, what is fascinating to me is companies want experience from other companies to steal a driver away from the other! Seems crazy that the hiring binge keeps going on for years, yet no one rarely is happy with the same company. Its all about the money, home time etc. Sure we all know that. however does the guys or gals that cut the checks understand? I remember as an independent guy back in the early 80s, mile/pay was almost the same! 35-40 years later! I truly admire those company and independent folks that have hung in! This is one tough business!
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
Yeah, it sure is. I've always loved it and I guess that's why I get so mad when I see stupidity destroying it through over regulation or low rates or whatever. Dave
Matthew Boers (7 months ago)
i am 22 and just got out of school, im currently on my 2nd week in training. my trainer and i are pretty cool. same interests, goals, etc. but the pay is shit. through training i get 70$ a day plus 20$ a day for meals (90$). but we go 14 hr days for 5 days a week. made more money making pizzas.. but only 3 more weeks till im on my own. another shitty problem we hit my 1st week were the number of trailers other drivers werent doing post trip on/ not reporting defects or mechanics just simply not fixing them. we had 3 stops between buffalo to laredo TX and refused 4 trailers due to flats, lights, bumpres. training blows. made 6$ an hr for 70+ hours.
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
Welcome to pulling for a big fleet carrier. At 22 you're probably not married yet with a family to support so the money is okay but yeah, when you average your time out against your pay check, staying home and making pizzas starts to look like the better choice and that's the problem causing the driver shortage. Truckings' okay for the young and single with no bills or commitments. Dave
Maher David (7 months ago)
that birds a real chirper
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
10-4
Nick Copeland (7 months ago)
cool. in 2 days I'll be getting on a bus to Ohio to train. good video man.
Dondi Dykes (8 months ago)
now with GPS for trucks you can get in to the place you want use to be you have to call the customer to get in
Dondi Dykes (8 months ago)
stay out of new York city or down in the city of Chicago
Dondi Dykes (6 months ago)
And some of those bridges are marked low or incorrect makes for one hell of a time trying to get out
Dondi Dykes (6 months ago)
Yeah I know but I've gotten caught in traffic at the GW bridge one time then after that I would just go another way to avoid the gw
J.T Amazing Cichlid Man (6 months ago)
Dondi Dykes The best way to travel in New York is off peak times. Don't ride on pkwy and stay on interstate. Stay alert of low bridges and you should be good. #NewYorkTrucker
002brooklyn (6 months ago)
Why
DemikB16a (8 months ago)
want to know if they well hire me still if I didn't look for a job right way when I graduated it's been 6 months now and I'm barely looking for job well that affect me ?
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Shouldn't affect you, if they ask you could simply tell them you were exploring other options. Dave
Maxwell hanson (8 months ago)
Good video right to the point. Guy knows what hes doing
Cowboy Kody (8 months ago)
Why not?
Daniel Berry (8 months ago)
Really appreciate your advice, as I am thinking of making a career change to OTR trucking.
toadsonytwo (8 months ago)
Ive had my cdl for about 10 years but im having trouble finding work as a cdl driver because ive never used it for over the road and its been quite awhile since ive driven a class a sized truck. When i was younger i had a bad driving record, but nothing with drugs or alcohol, but its been about 21 years since that happened. In the past 16 or more years ive kept a pretty clean driving record, just a speeding ticket here and there every 3 or 4 years or so. I love to drive so thats why i want to get into truck driving. I love being by myself and that's another reason. Any ideas on which companies i should apply for.
Dj Hott (7 months ago)
toadsonytwo at this point the only thing that matter is getting the experience they all basically the same
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
I hear good things about Celadon Dave
LOW HANGING Fruit (8 months ago)
Thx u for an honest vid 👍🏾
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
thank you! Dave
Jonathan coleman (8 months ago)
how old do you have to be
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Depends on where you live. 18 in Canada if you can get insurance, 21 in most states. Dave
kyuss (9 months ago)
Sincerely appreciate the video, hope you and yours are doing great! Thank you
Ivan Ross Vrana (9 months ago)
Thank you vey much for the honest view greatly appreciated
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
Micheal Scott (9 months ago)
Truck drivers should just kill themselves. Total waste of life. If you aspire to be a truck driver, you should have already killed yourself and if you're one now....you either are thinking of killing yourself, or you will soon enough. Lowest form of human job right next to shit shoveler.
Christopher Williams (1 month ago)
Micheal Scott fag
Michael Harris (1 month ago)
Man if I knew you in real life, I'd beat your fucking ass.
ohWillyum (2 months ago)
Micheal Scott how would you be able to use all of the supplies you use on a daily basis? All of that stuff needs to come from somewhere. Come on buddy
Dj Hott (7 months ago)
Micheal Scott Ass hoe if it wasn't for a truck drivers stores would have to shut down everything you have had to be delivered by a truck
Janne Salonen (9 months ago)
Just getting started in the industry soon, graduating the academy here in Finland. All in all, from what I've heard - all the things apply here as well. I appreciate any help I can get to get started safely (concerning myself and the others on the road). I've been watching these viedos of yours and gotta Thank You. Humbly. I appreciate these.
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Hey, thank you! Good luck! Dave
Valerie Foster (9 months ago)
Gives me a lot to think about, thanks!
Viggo Bauman (9 months ago)
I am thinking about it as a means to an end to get out of my current situation. I am an experienced driver not long haul overnights but I know what I am getting into if I do it. My only concern is that at the end of the 2 or 3 years it takes to get myself back on my feet I will be miserably fat and out of shape, this is my real fear. Anyone have any advice or anything at all would be helpful.
Smart-Trucking.com (9 months ago)
Just be damn sure to save yourself time for some exercise Every day and eat right! Dave
karl martin (9 months ago)
is there limitations as to the hours and American driver can drive like the European model
Starstriple (8 months ago)
karl martin very much so.
Chloe Cola (9 months ago)
I've been talking to a few companies that pay for your schooling and watching a few videos on this.. Thank you :)
Smart-Trucking.com (9 months ago)
Thank you for watching! Dave
mustang Cobra 1990 (9 months ago)
thx for the video sir and nice truck :)
Smart-Trucking.com (9 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
quest 123 (9 months ago)
Is working 4 on 4 off a good schedule for a truck driver?
Smart-Trucking.com (9 months ago)
Everybody's different, some guys really like 4 on 4 off. I personally prefer a longer stretch at the wheel. Dave
Jonathan Wilfred Michelin (9 months ago)
I'm an idiot with no experience on highway with a standard, but driving a standard with a load, clutch in to brake or just tap the brake?
Jonathan Wilfred Michelin (9 months ago)
Thanks Mike, the school fast tracked and only time I touched a standard trans
mike55520 (9 months ago)
tap the brake and downshift, clutch is only needed if your slowing beyond the low speed for your gear.
John Hill (10 months ago)
to all you young guys that are all hung up on pay, experience and all that other bull shit just for the fun of it listen to an OLD song "that's truck driving" I started this job in 1978 lighten up and have fun
Matt Mcconnell (10 months ago)
I'm about to leave for CDL school! this was very insightful, i plan to do a nightly Vlog of my experience and what we cover each day.
X Trujillo (10 months ago)
yes sir! I'm a 10 year veteran, 2 month average out, LISTEN TO HIM, he is right, just take your time, you are the captain of the ship, you make the call, take your time! slow, steady,safe,PROFFESIONAL!, IF YOUR DISPATCH IS PRESSURING YOU, then get the fuck off that company, your CDL depends on you, everything will be blamed on you. ;) trillonatorx@gmail.com
Mark Hoffman (10 months ago)
I am considering getting my CDL. Good video. Thanks.
Cowboy Kody (10 months ago)
Why not work your way up the the ladder? School bus,dump truck, local etc.
Starstriple (8 months ago)
Cowboy Kody why would you do that?
Free Thinker (11 months ago)
New driver here, thanks for the video.
Smart-Trucking.com (10 months ago)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. Dave
Free Thinker (10 months ago)
A man can dream lol
Free Thinker (10 months ago)
+Mr.J Already married, wife's got seniority in her union. She's the French one. It's okay In a few years I'll start owner operator, and get enough trucks to where I can have people work for me.
Free Thinker (10 months ago)
+Mr.J The trade picked me, I blew out my back last year in the oilfield. And I can't speak French so I'm kind of forced into it.
kowal789 (11 months ago)
such a good video. ive been driving almost 3 years locally, but man I gotta say.. as a new long hauldriver.. I really want to get my experience in, go to the toughest places, do the stupidest runs, just to say I have. I'm no stranger to vehicle mechanics in maneuvering and vehicle control. I just want to get my time in, travel while I'm young (21 years old) and make a living. hell, after I catch up on bills long haul, I plan on going back to construction and low-bedding locally.
Smart-Trucking.com (11 months ago)
Good plan! Dave
Howard Joe (11 months ago)
New drivers , I've been driving 17 years and I am still learning. He's exactly right . Be patient and courteous. Backing for example ,well we all been there . Heck there are days I can blind side in on one shot and there are days I couldn't straight line back to save my life.. Lol.. If you get frustrated just step away and cool down . And remember the cars that share the road . Keep in mind that's somebody's mom or sister or dad in that car. Don't let your emotions dictate your driving . And don't get overconfident. When you think you have all figured out that's when your gonna f### up and tear something up or worse Never let your guard down
Pingle555 (11 months ago)
Hi guys! I have the same question as below: Can a non-US citizen with a working permit get into an American truck driving company?
Smart-Trucking.com (11 months ago)
I believe so, the trick is getting the work permit. Dave
pavel1809 (11 months ago)
thank you for the info don't get lost lol
Will Horton (11 months ago)
unfortunately the best pay I received at the huge company I was with was when I went with my trainer. such I horrible experience I was driving solo for 6 months and made about 150 every week after tax and insurance and paying the schooling off. I left and it was a nightmarish 6 month. it's been a year moved to the east coast and found another company pays more then I ever expected and is a fun time. good trucking and be safe. awesome video
A F (1 year ago)
LOL! At 1:55
Joshua R (1 year ago)
I had back surgery a little less than two years ago and I have a few disc issues. I've been on the mend though and feeling pretty good with exercise and stretching. I'm on some medicines that I'm contemplating having the doctor discontinue if possible so I can hopefully pass the physical I just don't know what to expect or what I need to have in check. I'm doing cardio everyday and watching my diet I have some lifting restrictions though. Any advice on what is needed for the medical card I'm very motivated to improve to become qualified.
jjsiegal (1 year ago)
Nice....
Frank Pisco (1 year ago)
Don't do it trucking is the worst job
Mike Theunissen (1 year ago)
Actually it is the best job in the world that you can have!
Jaidi Kasim (1 year ago)
nice.
Jerry James (1 year ago)
hands down this is the best video I've seen for new drivers,I drove for 25yrs OTR loved it .I cried in that truck two days before having to get out because of health problem,had two heart attacks ,got out end of 2009.I miss it so badly I'm on disability now,good luck to all the new drivers hope u make it and to other veteran divers stay safe brothers.✌👍😃🚛
BendtFender28 (2 months ago)
Jerry James If you don't mind me asking, what was your salary like?
gravytrain416 (7 months ago)
Jerry James, I appreciate your service. Thank you, brother.
JungleListSoldier (11 months ago)
Stick with what you're doing. OTR trucking is a terrible way to make a living. You'll have nothing but stress, fatigue, and home sickness.
Jerry James (1 year ago)
+Lord Blackworth just give it a shot ,lifestyle is different you will love it or leave it.
Lord Blackworth (1 year ago)
That sucks, especially since you enjoyed it. I'm seriously considering getting my CDL, I've been doing commercial driving since highschool (just a pickup truck dropping off parts and the like) I've always enjoyed driving and I'm debating taking the next step.
kaz9781 (1 year ago)
Whats. @ Good starting company?
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
I here good things about Celadon! Dave
Antonio Flores (1 year ago)
All truck drivers should start using that new people tv app for iPhone called dailycam? It's really helpful to the trucker world
Starstriple (8 months ago)
Antonio Flores no. don't use that crap. get a dashcam and that's it.
Nonya Byzns (1 year ago)
As a 30 year retired truck driver; my advise for any truck driver wannabees, dont waste your money i guarantee you will not be happy. Yeah you can get paid more money but then the company your working for only gives you less miles. And the drivers that get paid less get all the miles. Take any money you have and live on it and get a student loan and get a degree; a far better way to go
Grant Newton (1 year ago)
How dangerous does it get? Do they get robbed or attacked?
Kleo Dulla (1 year ago)
hi thanks for the nice vid i am almost 18 and i am working in a logistics company here in greece, so i see every day so much trucks and i feel so nice thinking me inside them and going over the world with thems.... i love this job and i want it so so so much!!! i hope the next years to be driving my scania!!! very nice videos great job
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
Thanks for the interest! Good luck with the driving job! Dave
Lori Gilbert (1 year ago)
I would like to take the time to thank you for the informational videos, as I am currently preparing to get into o.t.r. trucking. your videos are best on utube. Your honest opinions, and what to truly expect when getting started in this industry, and tips on how to help us succeed have truly helped me to more confident in my new career choice. please keep up the informational videos, they do help. thank you!
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
Hey, Thank you! Good luck in your new career. I can honestly say I enjoyed every day of my driving career. Sure there are tough days, but every job has those. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Dave
LegacyReBorn Buckner (1 year ago)
I just ace the compass test today. So what's the point of me getting my CDL... if I am not going to make what I'm worth.
LegacyReBorn Buckner (1 year ago)
+Smart-Trucking.com well. prime starts you off with 44.5 cents. I will do local driving. I heard they make pretty good. I refused to make less than what I'm worth
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
And thousands of other drivers are asking exactly the same question, then finding another line of work. Hence the driver shortage. And it will get worse, until the wages drastically improve. Dave
stan broniszewski (1 year ago)
One precaution not mentioned. In the event of dealing with a driver trainer, having an interstate delivery, & both the newbie along with the driver trainer sharing the same bunk. Having to warn the trainee that the trainer is gay. That's actually the toughest part of it all.
Rookie Freediver (10 months ago)
Id have to warn him that if he tries to get fresh I will bite it off.
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
Oh my god, never even thought of that! Dave
Matteo gianni (1 year ago)
thanks a lot this video explain mostly everything, I am so excited to be a truck driver wish I can made it quickly
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
All the best to you in your new career. Keep us posted on your progress. Keep the shiny side up, my friend.
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
Hope it helps.
Ravi Singh (1 year ago)
best trucking advice video ever!!!!!!! thanks for posting
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
Thanks ! Dave
Cody Ogden (1 year ago)
I am going to be a log hauler in alberta would I have to go and drive with some random stranger for weeks on the highway or would i have to just get my license and find a company to work for?
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
Depends on the company. Few Canadian companies make you live with a trainer in the truck and hauling logs is short haul work, so I wouldn't think so. Dave
Cody Ogden (1 year ago)
where I live in alberta canada I live in a small town of like 2500 and all the contractors who haul into the mill know my father and all want him to work for them. and all of them know I go with him all the time. like I help him throw his wrappers I tighten them help him chain up and un chain i help him work on the truck.
Ravi Singh (1 year ago)
depends on the company you chose to drive for & your experience on the road. log hauling!! I'm thinkn you would need some experience maybe not as much as freeway driving but more as safety things like securing the load, tie downs & strapping Goodluck to yu brotha
vincent vadachino (1 year ago)
How long are otr drivers gone for
vincent vadachino (1 year ago)
Thank u
Ravi Singh (1 year ago)
+vincent vadachino depends on the company most big chains want there drivers out for weeks at a time & you get a week or two off at a time, if your a family man I'd try & go with a company that will have you home every weekend at the least maybe look into some local wrk were you come home every night but most of the local companies want experienced drivers also dnt speed (ever) avoid it at all costs as it will affect your future if you decide to change companies, good luck to you
vincent vadachino (1 year ago)
+Smart-Trucking.com are there ways to influence or control the Amount of time?
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
Varies a great deal. Could be a week, as long as 3-6 weeks or even longer. Resets would be done on the road. Some of the mega carriers will keep drivers on the road for long stretches. Some drivers don't care if they don't get home, if they're single.
richard benitez (1 year ago)
I'm getting trained by my dad who's had his own authority for almost ten years now and has been driving almost three decades. I've also got a beautiful 96 KW W900l classic that's mine and I won't have to deal with low pay and working. For someone I'm starting out my own boss. Never realized how blessed I am!
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
That's for sure. Real nice way to start out Richard.... you are very lucky. Get some assistance with budgeting and keep a close eye on your P&L on a regular basis. All the best to you in your new business venture.