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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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Terry Franks (6 days 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 (6 days ago)
hello sir, I am from India and I wanna drive big truck. in India I drive mini truck. can you guide me
Brandon (7 days ago)
Any New drivers out there download a app called truckers path one of the best tools out there
Cynthia Ferguson (16 days ago)
i really want to be a truck driver so bad
Michael Stutts (4 days ago)
Cynthia Ferguson For my retirement I want to become a truck driver, and Roll Tide!
Smart-Trucking.com (14 days ago)
First we'll have to have you drug tested. Dave
The Asian Mai Show (23 days ago)
i appreciate this man. Thanks for the words of wisdom. This inspires me on my channel!
Shane Robbins (1 month ago)
great video thank you sir
Dis Guy Nowhere (1 month 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..
Pure Sugar (1 month ago)
Very interesting vid :-)
turk 19 (1 month ago)
can you elaborate on the kind of nasty things that happen in the sleeper with a trainer
turk 19 (1 month ago)
Sick
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
There are a couple documented cases of attempted rape by driver trainers. Dave
Timothy Tj (1 month ago)
good info.i did a mere 50,000+ OTR years ago, and this is good solid info.
Dennis Mckown (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Beautiful advice, thank you, very true in all aspects!
BurnMoney LetItBurn (2 months ago)
What to expect, huh!! I'll give you the real truth and no need for a vid. 1. Be ready and willing to give up any self worth or dignity, you will be required to strip naked and allow a total stranger into and around your sexual organs and any refusal will equal NO D.O.T card which is required ever 1-2 years to be on the road. Yes every 1-2 years you will go through that degrading act that has NOTHING TO DO WITH DRIVING OR SAFETY!! If it had to do with safety their wouldn't be morbidly obese or addicts for truck drivers! Or how about the drivers with severe mental illness or missing limbs, lol, yeah, that's the gov for you and their way of saying, we own you stupid!!! 2. You will likely get into an accident, so your insurance will sky rocket 🚀. 3.The pay will not be what you think. The average after taxes and road expenses is around 8-13 dollars 💵 an hour based on a regular 60 hour trucking work week.4. You will realize you can make as much or more working at Walmart with the overtime. 5. You will have no home life. 6. If you never had a mental disorder you will after the first year from sleep deprivation, ptsd and severe depression here we come. 7 drug abuse becomes a real possibility, especially alcohol 🍺 abuse. 8 no sex life, I should of put this as number 2 right after being medically raped. Yes, after a month you will become a serial masturbator 9 married or dating, chances are you will be cheated on. 10 weight gain and lost of physical strength. 11 lower back problem and knee joint pains. 12 hemorrhoids are a real threat especially to older men and women. 13 tooth lost from lack of proper hygiene. 14 jock itch, again from lack of showers and proper constant hygiene. 15 foot fungus. 16 varicose veins 17 companies will drive you to the ground and will force you to drive illegal one way or another 18 A RUINED AND REGRETFUL LIFE!!! If your looking into trucking because your to stupid to get an education,I would suggest getting a simple trade and skip on the cdl bull. Everything I listed is no exaggeration nor is it meant to be a joke, im being serious and hope it helps you in making the right decisions. I have 20 years of dealing with D.O.T and CDL drivers.
T.Yevette DeWitt (26 days ago)
BurnMoney LetItBurn again wow very impressive that's a lot
T.Yevette DeWitt (26 days ago)
BurnMoney LetItBurn In other words thank you kindly for your honesty
T.Yevette DeWitt (26 days ago)
BurnMoney LetItBurn sweetheart you need to get a little edgy all I said was wow going off of what you said it's your honesty I'm just getting into this industry and I'm evaluating all feels all types of comments and things that nature okay it's not trying to prove anyone wrong obviously if I find it informative I wouldn't not reply to your comment I have a couple relatives to drive for the military and drive for various companies some of their comments are the same as yours and others are not
T.Yevette DeWitt (1 month ago)
BurnMoney LetItBurn wowww wowww
BurnMoney LetItBurn (1 month ago)
Any questions??? Seriously post me a reply and I will answer!! If I can help one man or woman stay away from this field, I will feel accomplished. Take care, be strong and be proud!!
gravytrain416 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Well said and all true> Dave
Frank Roberts (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
It's rarely boring, you may find you like it. Dave
OldDrivenhome OldDrivenHome (2 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 (2 months ago)
the 52 people who disliked this are swift drivers 😂
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
I bet you're right! Dave
Adam Adam (2 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?
BurnMoney LetItBurn (2 months ago)
Adam Adam you need to get your head out of your rump and go to school!! Get a real life, the only thing required to be a trucker is stupid. Yes, just be stupid and that will guarantee trucking success.
Richard Short (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
jimmyt568 stay away and enjoy your life learn to play a instrument
Smart-Trucking.com (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
that birds a real chirper
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
10-4
Nick Copeland (2 months ago)
cool. in 2 days I'll be getting on a bus to Ohio to train. good video man.
Dondi Dykes (3 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 (3 months ago)
stay out of new York city or down in the city of Chicago
Dondi Dykes (1 month ago)
And some of those bridges are marked low or incorrect makes for one hell of a time trying to get out
Dondi Dykes (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Why
DemikB16a (3 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 (3 months ago)
Shouldn't affect you, if they ask you could simply tell them you were exploring other options. Dave
Maxwell hanson (3 months ago)
Good video right to the point. Guy knows what hes doing
Cowboy Kody (3 months ago)
Why not?
Daniel Berry (3 months ago)
Really appreciate your advice, as I am thinking of making a career change to OTR trucking.
toadsonytwo (3 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 (2 months ago)
toadsonytwo at this point the only thing that matter is getting the experience they all basically the same
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
I hear good things about Celadon Dave
LOW HANGING Fruit (3 months ago)
Thx u for an honest vid 👍🏾
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
thank you! Dave
Jonathan coleman (3 months ago)
how old do you have to be
Smart-Trucking.com (3 months ago)
Depends on where you live. 18 in Canada if you can get insurance, 21 in most states. Dave
kyuss (4 months ago)
Sincerely appreciate the video, hope you and yours are doing great! Thank you
Ivan Ross Vrana (4 months ago)
Thank you vey much for the honest view greatly appreciated
Smart-Trucking.com (4 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
Micheal Scott (4 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.
BurnMoney LetItBurn (2 months ago)
Micheal Scott 😂 You couldn't have said it any better!! Yes, indeed for those who got offended by micheal, truckers move goods and still with that known fact of power they are too stupid to demand any changes from DOT, from the useless and degrading DOT physical cards to the long abusive work weeks that leave you with chump change and just moments to a serious accident. Truckers are the dumbest of the bunch if you really want the truth. Considering the cost of goods, a driver should be able to take in 80k a year on a 40 hour week not no 60+ if the companies where charging by piece instead of turning and raping the drivers in order to under bid for freight. But hey, try explaining that to a road dummy, reason number 1 why they waste their lives staring out of a windshield.
Dj Hott (2 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Hey, thank you! Good luck! Dave
Jimmy khan12 (4 months ago)
i like that nice laugh
Valerie Foster (4 months ago)
Gives me a lot to think about, thanks!
Dave S (4 months ago)
I'm a 25 plus year experienced driver..... excellent advice..
Smart-Trucking.com (4 months ago)
Thanks! Dave
Viggo Bauman (4 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 (4 months ago)
Just be damn sure to save yourself time for some exercise Every day and eat right! Dave
karl martin (4 months ago)
is there limitations as to the hours and American driver can drive like the European model
Starstriple (3 months ago)
karl martin very much so.
Chloe Cola (4 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 (4 months ago)
Thank you for watching! Dave
mustang Cobra 1990 (4 months ago)
thx for the video sir and nice truck :)
Smart-Trucking.com (4 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
quest 123 (4 months ago)
Is working 4 on 4 off a good schedule for a truck driver?
Smart-Trucking.com (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Thanks Mike, the school fast tracked and only time I touched a standard trans
mike55520 (4 months ago)
tap the brake and downshift, clutch is only needed if your slowing beyond the low speed for your gear.
John Hill (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
I am considering getting my CDL. Good video. Thanks.
Cowboy Kody (6 months ago)
Why not work your way up the the ladder? School bus,dump truck, local etc.
Starstriple (3 months ago)
Cowboy Kody why would you do that?
Free Thinker (6 months ago)
New driver here, thanks for the video.
Smart-Trucking.com (5 months ago)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed. Dave
Free Thinker (6 months ago)
A man can dream lol
Free Thinker (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)
Good plan! Dave
Howard Joe (6 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)
I believe so, the trick is getting the work permit. Dave
pavel1809 (6 months ago)
thank you for the info don't get lost lol
Will Horton (7 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 (7 months ago)
LOL! At 1:55
Joshua R (7 months 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.
jjsiegal1 (7 months ago)
Nice....
Frank Pisco (7 months ago)
Don't do it trucking is the worst job
Mike Theunissen (7 months ago)
Actually it is the best job in the world that you can have!
Jaidi Kasim (7 months ago)
nice.
Jerry James (7 months 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.✌👍😃🚛
gravytrain416 (2 months ago)
Jerry James, I appreciate your service. Thank you, brother.
JungleListSoldier (6 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 (7 months ago)
+Lord Blackworth just give it a shot ,lifestyle is different you will love it or leave it.
Lord Blackworth (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
Whats. @ Good starting company?
Smart-Trucking.com (7 months ago)
I here good things about Celadon! Dave
Antonio Flores (8 months 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 (3 months ago)
Antonio Flores no. don't use that crap. get a dashcam and that's it.
Nonya Byzns (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
How dangerous does it get? Do they get robbed or attacked?
Kleo Dulla (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
Thanks for the interest! Good luck with the driving job! Dave
Lori Gilbert (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (5 months ago)
Id have to warn him that if he tries to get fresh I will bite it off.
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Oh my god, never even thought of that! Dave
Matteo gianni (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
Hope it helps.
Ravi Singh (8 months ago)
best trucking advice video ever!!!!!!! thanks for posting
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Thanks ! Dave
Cody Ogden (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
How long are otr drivers gone for
vincent vadachino (8 months ago)
Thank u
Ravi Singh (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
+Smart-Trucking.com are there ways to influence or control the Amount of time?
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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.
Šarūnas S. (9 months ago)
What about your eyes? You wear glasses, but you still drive truck?
Šarūnas S. (8 months ago)
Short sighters in my country can't get truck driving licenses, because short sight are written in medical examination certificate. Therefore short sighter can only obtain A, A1, B, B1 categories, so i am only allowed to drive cars and bikes. Of course if you lose sight after obtaining licenses, in that case you can, but i am pretty sure just for a certain period of time, usually 10 years, when medical examination certificate ends
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
You can wear glasses and drive.
maxim30 (9 months ago)
excellent advice.
Trent Nelson (9 months ago)
Talking to a bunch of guys that were making loads from Toronto to Cochrane and they said they all meet each other trying to find the entrance for the loading bay in Toronto apparently it was a very shitty spot.
jose lora (9 months ago)
thanks for the info
Andrew lokoote (9 months ago)
this video is very good for advices thanks to the man that says all this wonderful information about a new truck driver I appreciate that ...this served me for my new adventure experience driving a truck . nice video badass videos man
QUIZM (9 months ago)
Thank you very much for the frank, straight forward info. Very appreciated.
Loudog577 (10 months ago)
I've been hauling rebar and cement slabs in and around the DC area for years and I still triple check my route even though I know the area. just a good habit to have.
Jim NORRIS (10 months ago)
I cant stress this enough.what it will cost you to eat out there can keep you broke.I dont know what their paying a new driver now days.but 350 too 400 want last long and if you have a wife kids house payment, and bill.350 will not go far.you'll have to eat. last time I was in a truck stop.just for a Hamburger fryes a drink was 10 to 12 dollars.do that twice a day for 7 days.that eats up 400 quick. if you can afford it take at least 250 dollars that first week out. again what ever you do DO NOT GET INTO THE HABBIT OF DRAWING ADVANCES
Rick Robertson (3 months ago)
get a plug in cooler, go to Walmart, buy fresh fruit, veggies, a cooked chicken, etc. You are all set. MUCH cheaper than truck spot. Better tasting food. AND MUCH healthier. It CAN be done with a little planning. No need to spend more than you would if you were eating at home.
Jim NORRIS (10 months ago)
guys like smart trucking and other didnt have quailcom are GPS all we had was a map, a CB, and phone.this is a tuff job..its stuff mentally. long hours away from family weeks at a time.load and unload times.waiting to get loaded.traffic.weather.the DOT, it is a good life.but like He said that first yr will make you are break you. if you have family this kind of job can cause a lot of heart problems. AND DO NOT LIVE ON ADVANCES. YOUR WIFE WILL LEAVE YA.
Etienne B (10 months ago)
Money is not everything .Haven a life is !!!.
MrSuckitandc (8 months ago)
+Rodger Playtoy fact
usernamesrlamo (10 months ago)
I don't understand something. Why do local drivers seem to make more money and have the benefit of being close to home? I would think way more people would want to do local driving and hence the supply and demand would make OTR better paying than local. Why is this not the case?
Scott Richards (2 months ago)
I don't know who you are talking to, but first off, local drivers on average do not make as much as OTR drivers. obviously some guys will, but they are the exception not the norm. secondly, you can't understand why people don't want to do local, to be home everynight ? driving in the city, is tougher than driving on the highway. far more idiots, mixed in with pedestrians, bullshit zones and all kinds of different speed limits and traffic lights that are all not universal in how they operate. then there are the traffic jams, the trains, delays, all of which you don't generally get paid. alot of city drivers are paid by the load, not by the mile. I know many guys who hate the city. being home is nice but for many its not worth it.
ryan meana (10 months ago)
thnx for this vid, it is really hard to find a trucking job that i i am interested in bcause the ones tht is posted need experience at least 1-3 years, and i jus pass my Class A1 license 4 weeks ago trying to apply for a truck driver, id say my weakness is backing a semi-trailer school i went to didn't teach me that ughh
Andras Csontos (10 months ago)
Excellent advice.
GORILLA RAH (10 months ago)
Thx great video.
Sohraab Kahlon (10 months ago)
I have my organic chemistry final tomorrow and have yet to review my chapters but at least now I know that you shouldn't rely on the GPS alone! haha
besteboyjr (20 days ago)
Paradox o_0 what's wrong with chem, aren't there jobs in that field? I would think that would be a growing industry.
Paradox o_0 (10 months ago)
+Sohraab Kahlon yes and don't rely on chemistry as a career either. If you're a chemistry major, get out NOW and switch ur major. I hope you're going to med school or something.
George Deal (10 months ago)
Good Video.
Eric Caro (10 months ago)
thanks for taking the time for making this video fou us newbies, I just got my cdl yesterday!!!
Brandt Vickery (4 months ago)
Eric Caro
Yeasin Maruf (11 months ago)
How much money someone can earn by driving truck?
BurnMoney LetItBurn (2 months ago)
Yeasin Maruf You will average after taxes around 8-13 dollars an hour based on a regular 60 week which is the norm in trucking. Very lifeless!!!
Dustin Jackson (7 months ago)
+quest 123 the guy I know leaves at 2 in the morning and gets home around 3 all in the truck.. Somtimes he gets home even later at like 5 or 6
quest 123 (8 months ago)
Wouldnt that be really hard to drive 11 straight hours everyday...
Jon Blake (8 months ago)
Ah,,,understood.
Jon Blake (8 months ago)
+MrSuckitandc DOT specified a Driver can drive 11 hours in a 24 hour period. (sometimes the Macro gives you option 5 in an emergency you can even drive past 11 hours SO my facts are correct Jackass! 
Efe Obas (11 months ago)
Thanks a million.
chris vega (11 months ago)
good job...good advice
zLOSTNOMOREz (11 months ago)
"What to Expect Your First Year as a New Truck Driver" The same thing you will get for the next 20 years, screwed!
BurnMoney LetItBurn (2 months ago)
Biff Danielson 100k ???? No driver even a lifeless owner op takes home 100k from a company. Unless it's some government contract and even with that taxes raped if down to around 70k and let's not forget zero home life to even touch those numbers. Just keeping it real!!!!
Biff Danielson (5 months ago)
I know guys who do very well. Many easily go over 100k. Some working for 3rd parties make far more than that. Just depends on who and what you hook up with.
Mr Sir (6 months ago)
do you know that from experience?
Cintara Sukapatna (11 months ago)
Lets be real. Does ANYone here in todays world expect they be made to sleep DOUBLE in a bunk with a trainer? Please tell me that's not the case today. Lets use Swift for example. Wouldn't a major company like that put you BACK at a terminal after a run? Or IF you did go overnight, a damn $60 hotel!? I mean, come on now. Swift makes millions. If they want to keep a driver, why force a camping with Bubba incident in a cab? Anybody have more about that subject?
Cintara Sukapatna (11 months ago)
+zLOSTNOMOREz Wow! That is fucked up. What about the rules of having to do a minimum 34 - 48 hrs break after your weeks total hrs are up?? If I'm on a training run for a few weeks or so, I can see bunking for a 10 hr break. But when that 34 - 48 comes, I damn sure aint spending it with a fucking trainer.  The company should be putting you BACK to their terminal and let you stay there, OR put you up 2 nights in a hotel if you're far out away from any home base.  Isn't their rules of driving 10 hrs., in any 14 hour time frame? Then mandatory 10 hr breaks after that 10 is up? I'm not sure how it is that a trainer can run my ass like a dog, when DOT has rules. :-/  ?????????????
zLOSTNOMOREz (11 months ago)
+Cintara Sukapatna Nope, if you are out with a trainer then you will be sleeping with the trainer and odds are he will run you like a dog ( to make that extra money which is the only reason people train anyone else) so you will never have time for a hotel. You may get lucky and get a woman but I wouldn't count on it. You will be sleeping in the same truck with bubba, sorry. By the way. If you are thinking of getting into trucking then take it from a 20 year trucker......DON'T!!! It's nothing like it used to be and the only way you will make good money is if you stay out for at least a month at a time. Are there good companies out there? Very very few, most will treat you like trash and screw you every chance they get! There is a reason that there is a driver shortage and it's not because there are not enough drivers. There just is not enough drivers who will work for slave wages and be treated like trash by companies. Hit a few of the truckers forums on the web and see for yourself before you sign on with ANY company!!!!