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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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1bikeman OnDaMoV (20 hours ago)
Christian Thério (1 day ago)
Some are still haystack company some improved...
Christian Thério (1 day ago)
Company don't ask enuf new drivers....they only look for the experience ones...Would say its part of the shortage in the industry....would need more patience and knowlegement from company too...
GES (3 days ago)
Drove many years. If your a military minded person or the type of person who thinks logical only or predominately then OTR might work for you. But if you're a relationship minded person forget trucking. Shippers and receivers will beat on your door to wake you up. Also forget your family because you will not see them period! And they will run you to death from the beginning this guy is just talking theory about senior guys etc.
alessio272 (3 days ago)
Went from trucker to airline pilot. Trucking you will sleep in a sleeper most nights while your out. Your expected to be out for two to three weeks with two or three days out in trucking. In the airlines you can stay out for a week and get five days at home. Every day your out you stay in nothing less than a holiday inn express. Airlines respect their pilots more than trucking companies respect their drivers.
to all your truck drivers out there, you have my respect you give up your lives away from your families to provide for them God bless you all
Wally Ortiz (8 days ago)
Thank you so much for sharing your video. Awesome advice. I myself just started and yes I am in training and yes you're right the pay is crappy but like you said it's not going to be easy but I have to start somewhere. Again thank you for sharing your video.
patinla777 (9 days ago)
Words that are never spoken when truck drivers are talking with each other, “Looks like you’ve been working out.”
Joe M (15 days ago)
I would like to add two things that may help. 1: If you are not sure exactly what is around your truck while backing, get out and look. Don't let pride or laziness get in the way, get out and look. 2: Use Google maps for new destinations you don't know. For places I never been, I use Google maps to check out the area and have even virtually driven the path I was not sure of with Google maps. I'm not saying drive a 1000 mile trip on the highway on Google, just the offramp to destination or where it could be tricky. With a 75 foot truck, you don't have a lot of room for error. I hope this helps someone.
Doc_Hawk (18 days ago)
Thanks for the tips with the driving element, I just got a 65' F600 with an unsynced tranny and with it being a larger vehicle, and a double clutch manual I'm trying to get all the knowledge I can before I can get it back on the road and start to drive it.
لايتوLaito_O (19 days ago)
Thanks mate. I am an engineer (29 years) and I am seriously thinking of doing it. I can't bear the feeling of having a boss; I hate longterm cyclic commitment (waking up the mornings, doing the same thing every day); I am a night owl; I get highly energised when doing a task (Start - end); I made best memories when i was younger with friends driving across country (did 36 hours nonstop driving once) I do not know if this is good signs that the job will suit me, or not? Pleae advie
لايتوLaito_O (14 days ago)
Thanks heaps mate. That's a relief and great motivation
Smart-Trucking.com (14 days ago)
Yup, I'd say those are good signs! I think you may be a natural! Good luck! Dave
The Questioner (19 days ago)
Have you ever gotten your truck washed at Blue Beacon? I think I washed your truck.
Smart-Trucking.com (14 days ago)
Washed at Blue Beacons everywhere. Which one did you work at? Dave
myownspiritlevel (21 days ago)
So I should prepare for my 2012 GMC Sierra to be repo’d? How many truckers go bankrupt in their first year?
Paolo Rodríguez (21 days ago)
I want to be a truck driver
Westside Smitty (23 days ago)
Awesome! Subbed and liked. After decades as an entertainer singing all them good old truck driving songs, looks like the economy is demanding I find another career! Looking into getting my CDL. Maybe I can carry my guitar and still sing a few songs at the truck stops! Meanwhile this is the inside track and thought provoking. Thanks!
Smart-Trucking.com (21 days ago)
Thank you and good luck as a travelling minstrel! Dave
enkadu007 (24 days ago)
Im currently working as a rgm in a retail food chain, i make about 40 to 45 a year working 50 hours a week, considering switching to this field for reasons mostly to not have to deal wiith 600 customers a shift,.. ty for the video sir
M T (28 days ago)
I just got my license a few days ago , im a new driver, where should i start ?
BubbaTech (29 days ago)
Todays my 3rd day out by myself
galacticious (29 days ago)
Google Street View on your smartphone is also a great tool. You can track the road in on it and also usually see the sign outside the site to confirm it is the right entrance. It also means you recognise where you are going as you approach.
EdMan50101 (1 month ago)
I started driving a Transit Bus at JFK Int'l in NYC. Then I became a Dispatcher/Trainer. I moved on to the NYC Transit Authority as a Bus Operator in Brooklyn, then Queens. I need to tell You that the Professionalism you displayed in this video was Top Notch. You Sir, are the Real Deal. Enjoy the Rest of Your Life.
Smart-Trucking.com (28 days ago)
Thank you sir, you too! Dave
PFL Pflueger Freight Lines (1 month ago)
Is it even possible or worth trying to become an Owner Operator in today's day and age? Seems there's no money to be made out there. Feedback would be greatly appreciated and I really enjoy your videos!
PFL Pflueger Freight Lines (1 month ago)
Smart-Trucking.com Thanks, Dave. It's a shame what 'greed' has done to this industry and to our country. Take care. William
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Good gigs for O\O are few and far between these days. Unless your brother owns a factory and he wants you to haul his product, I'd stick to company driver. Dave
Redheadspellslinger. (1 month ago)
I use to deliver cabinets in illinois down by saint Louis. . . Im 20 I did that job for a year and a half. The stress is real on this job.
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Yes it is! Dave
Tuber8301 (1 month ago)
Thank you for this very helpful information!
Ms. Sacha Aurora (1 month ago)
As a female... I wish I didn't have to worry about "all sorts of nasty things happening" if guys would leave us alone. I have requested a female driver for this particular reason, and if prime regards me.... I'll stay a student and keep waiting until one becomes available.
crashcoreytx (1 month ago)
Great video
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Thank you! Dave
Bod Log (1 month ago)
Was in 6 crashes my first 2 years..one fatal. The fatal was not my fault as i got rear ended in a backup...i did not like it..now i manage an adult entertainment buisness. Much happier with GREAT benefits
Eric Wilson (1 month ago)
Why is it so hard to get through the six with the training
Marshall Cato (1 month ago)
Great video.
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Thank you! Dave
dood poop (1 month ago)
But the school said i would make $100,000 a minute : ( I was just going to work for 30 minutes and retire ( -,_-)
jayar gamboa (1 month ago)
Thanks for the advice! Really helpful
heat flux (2 months ago)
what are pros and cons? im 29, i would like to finishe driving course for C category licence. Would it pay off?
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
By C category I assume you are trying to license for things like dump trucks or delivery trucks with tandem rear axles? If so, I would say yes, it would pay off as that type of driving is usually paid by the hour. Dave
Yazeed Husni (2 months ago)
Get 6 months experience and go local . I loathe OTR
progress426 (2 months ago)
Great video sir
lost cloud (2 months ago)
well there be spooning involved while sleeping in the cab with your trainer
Living Well With TJ (8 days ago)
If he’s cute and you’re lucky.
Doctor Heath (1 month ago)
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Oh man, I just lost my lunch! Dave
Mike Bastoni (2 months ago)
I wish I had training with him and not with a guy who didn't care who was mad at the company hated trucking so I quit was not worth it
I Biniam (2 months ago)
Just subscribe to your channel
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Thanks! Dave
dreharrison352 (2 months ago)
I got fired 5 months into driving smh trouble backing and the trailers were trash and I messed up 2. If I could go back and do it again I would get a partner and take my time with everything! I pulled up to a low overhead freaked out and backed up didn't get out and made contact with a vehicle. The worse
4.2 Jeep (2 months ago)
I'm thinking of becoming a trucker, I want to thank you for your videos. They've been very helpful. Can you make a video about the 'daily life' of a trucker on the job?
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
I'll do that! Dave
1980extremeG (2 months ago)
Great video! I'm across the pond in the UK and I think American trucks look much sexier than British/European lorries. I used to be a shunter driver in a factory; used to manoeuvre trailers and park them in the yard. I found reversing trailers very difficult at first, it's a real tough art to learn. But eventually it clicked. Tip for learner drivers; practice shunting /reversing with limited forward movement and room (an empty yard/quiet industrial estate is ideal) because eventually, like it or not, you will end up in a situation like that sometimes. There is a great culture with truck driving and a feeling of honour behind the wheel of such a beast of a machine; however, it's got its disadvantages (long hours, isolation, etc) and it should be a well paid job (some firms pay better than others just like any industry) because here in the UK nearly all goods are hauled by road 100% and I'm assuming that's the same in the USA; so it's an essential industry.
bawsx (2 months ago)
Always have an empty bottle, don’t ask why, just get it. Understanding why will come to you, out on the road.
lkjyuiop (2 months ago)
Do you still keep two log books They are trying to change them so they stop you from doing that. How do you have free time fun when you are on the road. What do u do.
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
These days I just run local and all I need to fill out is a vehicle inspection report. Dave
Campbell Jordan (3 months ago)
Is it bad I wanna get my CDL just so I can be behind the wheel of a truck? I’ve always been so fascinated by these trucks and I’d love to learn to drive one
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
CDL truck driving is a trade as well as a lifestyle. If you like problem solving and aren't afraid to get a little physical, it's not bad. The best advice is get some experience and in 6 months you can change your starter carrier for one that pays better. There is a trucker shortage, which is basically, a shortage of cheap drivers. A starter company is one that usually cannot operate with experienced and more expensive seasoned drivers with good clean records. Look for the best deal for you, don't let emotion rule your decision and be prepared to move on. Don't stick with a company 2 or 3 years hoping that it'll get better. A lot of starter carriers are raising their rates from .38 cents per mile to .41 cents per mile early this year. Be sure to ask the recruiter what the average miles their drivers drive per week.
Politically Incorrect (3 months ago)
LOL most of these new guys have never seen a map non the less know how to read one.
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
They teach that in CDL school, the new guys should practice. There's going to be a satellite apocalypse in the near future. All of your satellites travel the same route around the earth. When space debris hits a satellite, it breaks it up causing more space debris which hits another satellite and repeats. Eventually that route that satellites travel will have so much debris that no satellites can function. Then all drivers will have to read a map because GPS won't work, but that prediction is about 10 years out.
Speedo Adam (3 months ago)
Thank you sir, it's helpful.
Harriet Shearsmith (3 months ago)
This was really helpful, I love it!
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
Thanks Harriet! Dave
CLERIN D'CRUZ (3 months ago)
Hey it's been six months with cr England . Can we decline a load where we are not comfortable going? Does it cause any trouble for my jo?
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
I don't know England well enough to say. Try it and see what happens. Dave
mustang1191 (3 months ago)
Good advice for anyone starting out in any job.
Miah A (3 months ago)
I'm only a 10 year driver and always learn something everyday like these videos
Nick Tha Quick (3 months ago)
I have a question for you do you have tips for Expedited truck drivers who are going on the road in a straight trucks as a solo truck driver. Thank you
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
I don't, sorry. Never did that type of work. Dave
antonio8911 (3 months ago)
Hey man I'm trying to enter truck business in Brazil and I'd like to thank you a lot! Through a very good teaching posture, you share very important information in an objective, clear and well-intentioned fashion. We have some youtubers here also that share valuable information. I think that nowadays the internet plays a very important role in shaping the profiles of future professionals and you surely do your part in working for a better environment on the road. Thanks once again and God bless you! Or as we say around here, PROTEÇÃO DIVINA! Antonio, São Lourenço do Oeste, SC, Brasil.
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
Thanks Antonio, good luck! Dave
Michael Sizemore (3 months ago)
Expect to sit at shippers and receivers for 3,4,5 hell some times 7 hours waiting to get loaded or unloaded because people are lazy as hell and it takes them all day to load a 48' to 53' trailer. You'll eventually create new cuss words by the end of your 1st year.
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
Who do you drive for?
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
Love that last sentence! Got a smile out of me. Thanks! Dave
Gilbert Conner (3 months ago)
true hero.the sacrifice.is staggering.but we got jobs.
Dennis Harwell (3 months ago)
Don't do it pay sucks you will not get home when you want or need
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
Many companies these days will work with you about getting home in an emergency. They want to work with their drivers to ensure reduced turn over in employees. The pay is based on cents per miles times the miles driven each week. When you start out is usually the time you will make the least. Find out the cents per mile as well as ask the recruiter the average miles per week that their drivers have. I know that Werner just raised their cents per mile to .41 cents per mile starting in March and they average 2300 miles if I remember right, that's $49,000 a year. None of my office jobs paid more than $35,000 a year. But if you're willing to work, you will make more than that. And if the goal is money, you can find it, keep doing research, get your experience and always ask around. Other drivers will be honest with you.
william skrainski (3 months ago)
A map? LOL
william skrainski (3 months ago)
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
It's a big paper book with pictures of states and roads! Check for them in the back shelves of truck stops underneath the dust! Dave
Sidney Lawton (3 months ago)
Im trying to get in school to drive trucks hopefully all goes well
Ali Abdul Raheem (3 months ago)
First year sucks...true. Put in your two or three years and you can basically write your own ticket and drive for whoever you want and be paid well. good luck and be safe out there guys
85bmw528eguy (3 months ago)
Trucking, the most under appreciated and underpaid job on the planet. Being a commercial tourist is a labor of love for most because it damned sure is NOT financially rewarding the first few years for most drivers, this is the main reason most new drivers don't last a year. The trend is getting worse, not better and most carriers actually prey upon the new driver. Their business model depends upon the turnover to keep wages low and profit high.
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
New driver pay is going up, the industry is having trouble keeping people, seasoned drivers are retiring and most millenials cannot be separated from their smart phones long enough to look up and drive a truck. You have your starter companies that hire new inexperience drivers aka Cheap Freight, but nowadays if you have 4, 6, 8 to 12 months experience, it opens up a whole other world of companies that pay better with better benefits. The most accidents happen in the first year. If you don't like your starter company, plan on getting 6 months experience and move on. I don't know why people think that CDL drivers that average $47,000 a year are making low wages. My $31,000 office job is what you make when you only make $15.00 an hour plus a little overtime.
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
Sad, but true! Dave
Anthony Tomassi (3 months ago)
another know it all my best advice after 25 years in the business is do something else!!!!!!anything else find something local if you can. you will make just as much because this industry pays for shit for the work you do. go with a company local and drive linehaul. yes its mostly nights but you will make a lot more money.
Frank Carpenter (4 months ago)
The 1st year AND years beyond....the best words I can tell you is: YOU'RE GONNA GET SCREWED. Now another note.....there are 4 classes of people in America that get screwed daily: 1. the truck driver, 2. The native American, 3. The veterans, 4. The Hawaiian people. This is all true....
Truly Beauty (4 months ago)
How do you fix a bent rim
Smart-Trucking.com (4 months ago)
Best just to replace it. Dave
Michael Spinelli (4 months ago)
Damn that bird is loud!!!
Mike Radetskiy (4 months ago)
Lots and lots of stress, ....
Redheadspellslinger. (1 month ago)
Mike Radetskiy too true
Sun Worshiper (4 months ago)
Very good video. Thanks.
Smart-Trucking.com (4 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
Lazy Lightning (4 months ago)
I drove over the road for 7 years. What a shitty way to make a living. Get a local job. The road sucks. Stay away from big companies. With paperless logs you'll never get home.
John Santo (4 months ago)
First year? To get abused and screwed by everyone.
Jermaine Flowers (4 months ago)
Shit every area I go to is questionable.im flatbed and and I go to industrial areas and the neighborhoods near industrial areas aren't normally upscale.but the money in the first year is sweet ill make 65-75 depending on what the second half of my year is like.im about to get 21 cent raise after my first 6 months.and I run hard AF..... I love my job!
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
Too many negative nellies on here. Thanks for a shot of positive.
uppermostking02 (5 months ago)
All the truck jobs are going to robots. Self-driving trucks are the future and there's nothing anybody can do about it
Johnny Johnson (5 months ago)
truck driving best
rebel reaper (5 months ago)
Is it easier to adjust if you grew up around trucking
SouthEastStanger (5 months ago)
I'm not driving yet but I have a feeling to make sure not just your safety but also the public safety a must.
Puke Dukem (6 months ago)
Street view apps, Garmin Or Rand McNally GPS, and a dash cam...life savers! And buy a radio, and turn it up, for the love of god that’s been one of the sole absolute BIGGEST helpful things that I have invested in, plus it’s entertainment while stuck in traffic.
Puke Dukem (6 months ago)
I like to use google maps birds eye, or mostly my Truckerpath app, to locate my destination....zoom in and get a general feel and idea of where I’m going way before I get there....helps out a lot especially on street view, you can see which gate to pull in, where not to turn, even reading signs posted for the truckers on the fences and sides of buildings, and obstacles such as poles and other crap to watch for before you actually get there.
dakota beharry (6 months ago)
You can expect usually sitting on Saturdays and Sundays if you solo.
jay_615 (6 months ago)
First year suck hopping coming to company if your a minority they will treat you like dirt. Fine a smaller company that you call home. I'm Asian they treat me like dirt. Been with 9 company within the last 2 years. 5 minor accident got fired twice dispatch sucks. Going back to a company I like and stick with them don't go for big companies
Mom Police (6 months ago)
Am only 15 what do i need a high school deploma and drivers licence and trucking school hoe much do i need ??
Grizzly Country (6 months ago)
*Well that just stopped me from changing careers to truck driving* 👍
ghostscantkill (6 months ago)
I'm a rookie. I went through training with PRIME. Lots of other drivers dismiss us as just another driver farm, but PRIME does a pretty good job with getting you trained and on the road. Second phase training called TNT pays $700.00 a week, but that will be pro-rated due to potential issues where you might be put off the truck (didn't happen to me, but it happens). I'm on my own now for three weeks and grossed $1100 in my second week. It's not lots of money, but it's a solid paycheck for someone just starting out. My advice. Be ready to get some crappy loads that push you to your limits just as the gentleman in this video mentioned. I'm kind of thankful my truck is not fast because I'm not yet comfortable with traveling over 62 mph, and if my truck did travel faster, then it might be that I'd be expected to get more miles per day just based on timeframe. I average about 560.
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
560 a day is good starting out. Keep it up.
Snow Owl (6 months ago)
In October, I'll start driving for a small business (26,000 international) I've been with for ages (Warehouseman) Afterwords I'll be going for my Class B with passenger and eventually A (If my vision remains good) So excited! I'm gonna try to stay local and not long haul though. 18, graduated, and ready to drive :D
Smart-Trucking.com (6 months ago)
Enjoy and drive safe! Dave
dave12546 (6 months ago)
I drove for almost 50 yrs and never slept with another man, I afraid if it came to that, he would have to sleep in or on the trailer or if it was his truck, I would sleep out on the ground
Lester Munyon (6 months ago)
you definitely have to know how to downshift coming off the freeway downshifting to go uphill when you have a heavy load on downshifting is a good idea use your Jake brake one employer that I work for one of those to come off the freeway without downshifting or Jake brake to lift the motor to cool down and then when you get into the parking lot you can turn it off instead of letting it idle for a long time for it for it to cool down whatever you've got to learn to downshift and it's just in reverse you have to take a
Smart-Trucking.com (6 months ago)
Wow! Dave
Justin Vasauez (6 months ago)
Is knight transportation a good start for beginners
Smart-Trucking.com (6 months ago)
I'm the wrong guy to ask, I really don't have enough info on them since the merger. Dave
Justin Vasauez (7 months ago)
Can a truck driver carry a gun
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
In most states, in Illinois and one other state, you cannot drive with a loaded gun in your vehicle. But conceal carry is becoming a more acceptable thing. Also your sleeper cab is your castle/home, you have the right to carry a gun in your truck to protect yourself in all states. 50% of truckers are carrying from the research I did.
Smart-Trucking.com (6 months ago)
In some states. Dave
RDNCKRAMNOSD1 (7 months ago)
My first year was the easiest I guess it helps to work with a small company.
Brandon Petroski (7 months ago)
I'm not even a trucker, and this is just fascinating to watch. The culture, the vocabulary, and everything else is so cool.
Alexia Lee (2 months ago)
Lol right. I’m on a very different career path, but this is interesting.
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
I think so too Brandon! Thanks for following! Dave
Alan Forsyth (7 months ago)
As a 30 year truck driver my best advice I can give a new driver....are you prepared to take the company bullying and manipulation that there going to hand you and there will be a lot of it. Picture the scene..your nearly out of driver hrs and there's a load that needs to go and your the only driver available..what do you do? Say yes or no? Remember you went to that company for a job so they think they own you. You can make the job easy for yourself or tough...the choice is yours.
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
You say No. The reason being is the you are a professional driver, getting a CDL means that you are certified by the state and accepted by the insurance company. If either the state or the insurance company doesn't want you to drive, then you are done. There are plenty of employers out there and these days they are desperate for more and more drivers. The amount of freight is expected to increase by 72% in the next 10 years. They don't have enough drivers. If your company makes an issue of it, like harassment or termination, move on.
Alexandre Gauvreau (7 months ago)
I'm starting my first year at 21 yo, im stressing a lil
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
I'm a 46 year old former office worker that has just started my first week of CDL school. I freaked, but in the first week, I've gotten my permit plus air brakes, combination and tanker endorsements. Learned 3 out of 6 parking maneuvers, uncoupling/coupling a tractor trailer and forward driving a manual 10 gear shift down the back farm roads near my school. I'm going to have to spend the next two weekends memorizing my inspection. I've realized that I will get my CDL, I'm still a little freaked.
Pat (7 months ago)
My uncle is a truck driver sometimes he lets me come with me for work he never gets days of and sometimes he can come to our house.
AR AD (7 months ago)
In my first year of driving for this infamous Swift Transportation company I made 18K. Some weeks Id get $100 a week, sometimes $150, 200,250,300,and most of the time $350. Training was about driving back and forth from Phoenix AZ to Savanna GA port, no backing for me, also I had no Twic card and the mentor would drop me off in the area for hours to wait for him. My 1st driver mentor did not let me do anything except for driving straight for the 1st week ,he had payments to make and wanted to drive as many miles as possible ,he didn't let me even fuel the truck or do one backing that's how fast he wanted to get everything done. My 2nd mentally chellenged mentor was taking medications making him drowsy and sleepy while driving,he talked about it over the phone with our driver manager, his doctor and his wife,none of them made him get off the truck,so I was forced to get another trainer as this retard was either overly aggressive almost hitting other cars or trying to push them of the highway, speeding all the time and when drugged up he would turn on the radio volume all the way up to try to stay awake(I talked to the new driver who just got off of his truck and he was complaining about the volume up) and was drifting all over the place, once drove 250 miles in the opposite direction, instead of going west he drove east, which got him driver failure or whatever they call it,service failure etc. he also had accident with other truck he did not report, the damage was slight and only to the trailer though. The 3rd one was very disciplined, hateful military fuck, greedy as the first one,he lost one day waiting for load and was crying for hours about how much money he lost because of the delay,because he was making great money as he got paid for every mile i drove. But I got along with him quite well although he mentioned something about killing people here and there and about cutting throats, but well, i was ready for anything if i had to deal with him, and this time I either had to complete the training or find another company.....I did complete the training and you wouldn't believe how happy I was to be driving by myself now...during training the pay was $64 or so, after training it was only slave wages and never made more than during the training. So, Thank God I survived this ,later I've met many trainees and most of them were complaining about their trainers yelling at them,not letting them to back to the dock and making them drive only on Highway, always same thing,and I've met others receiving $100 for one full week of driving truck for swift.
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
Holy Crap Batman. I'm in CDL school and all of my trainers are professional with the best attitudes. In my first week, I've gotten my permit plus air brakes, combination and tanker endorsements. Learned 3 parking maneuvers, uncoupling/coupling and forward driving a manual 10 gear shift down the back roads. My biggest fear is a trainer that will yell at me. Now you've given me even more to worry about. At least I already know not to choose Swift. Thank you.
Christopher Shores (2 months ago)
AR AD You decide how much money you want to make. In my first week with Swift I drove 2000 miles. Every single week after that I drove from 2000-2500 miles. You didn’t drive many miles? I bet you stoped every hour and was looking for the truck stops with the best restaurants and not the best one for your trips.
Tommy Nightmare (8 months ago)
Weren't you the guy in Smokey and the Bandit?
Tommy Nightmare (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
No, wasn't me. I liked his rig though. Dave
F3AR cLuTcH (8 months 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
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
I'm an excellent driver.
American Farmer (8 months ago)
Love that Peterbilt
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Thank you! It is nice to drive. Dave
C-FoeRilla Kingpin (8 months ago)
Hey thanks for sharing
Tidiest Flyer (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
You sound like good trucker material! Dave
Jim Phelps (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (9 months 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 (8 months 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 (9 months ago)
Invaluable wisdom.
Z0mbiekiller254 (9 months 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 (9 months 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.
thegob1in (1 month ago)
Andres Benavides You will do just fine, brother.
Bubba Brazil (9 months 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
rayme4raw (2 months ago)
Top 2 are cents per mile and the companies average miles per week for their drivers. That's how you get paid, Cents per Mile and Miles per Week. Ask your recruiter about the companies average miles per week. The benefits are too similar for newbies to worry about. Don't make emotional decisions. Too many start out as team drivers just to make the most money starting out, this is an emotional decision. Be honest with yourself, are you a team driver type of person or a solo type of person.
Frank Alfani (9 months 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 (9 months ago)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Take your time, never rush and you'll be fine. Dave