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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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heat flux (2 days ago)
what are pros and cons? im 29, i would like to finishe driving course for C category licence. Would it pay off?
lost cloud (13 days ago)
well there be spooning involved while sleeping in the cab with your trainer
Mike Bastoni (14 days 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 (16 days ago)
Just subscribe to your channel
dreharrison352 (16 days 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
HazyVortex (18 days 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?
bawsx (26 days ago)
Always have an empty bottle, don’t ask why, just get it. Understanding why will come to you, out on the road.
lkjyuiop (1 month 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 (28 days ago)
These days I just run local and all I need to fill out is a vehicle inspection report. Dave
Campbell Jordan (1 month 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
Politically Incorrect (1 month ago)
LOL most of these new guys have never seen a map non the less know how to read one.
Speedo Adam (1 month ago)
Thank you sir, it's helpful.
Harriet Shearsmith (1 month ago)
This was really helpful, I love it!
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Thanks Harriet! Dave
CLERIN D'CRUZ (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I don't know England well enough to say. Try it and see what happens. Dave
mustang1191 (1 month ago)
Good advice for anyone starting out in any job.
Miah A (1 month ago)
I'm only a 10 year driver and always learn something everyday like these videos
Nick Tha Quick (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I don't, sorry. Never did that type of work. Dave
antonio8911 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Thanks Antonio, good luck! Dave
Michael Sizemore (1 month 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.
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Love that last sentence! Got a smile out of me. Thanks! Dave
Gilbert Conner (1 month ago)
true hero.the sacrifice.is staggering.but we got jobs.
Dennis Harwell (1 month ago)
Don't do it pay sucks you will not get home when you want or need
william skrainski (1 month ago)
A map? LOL
william skrainski (1 month ago)
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Im trying to get in school to drive trucks hopefully all goes well
Ali Abdul Raheem (1 month 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 (1 month 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.
Smart-Trucking.com (1 month ago)
Sad, but true! Dave
Anthony Tomassi (1 month 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
How do you fix a bent rim
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
Best just to replace it. Dave
Michael Spinelli (2 months ago)
Damn that bird is loud!!!
Mike Radetskiy (2 months ago)
Lots and lots of stress, ....
Sun Worshiper (2 months ago)
Very good video. Thanks.
Smart-Trucking.com (2 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
Lazy Lightning (2 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 (2 months ago)
First year? To get abused and screwed by everyone.
Jermaine Flowers (2 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!
uppermostking02 (3 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 (3 months ago)
truck driving best
rebel reaper (3 months ago)
Is it easier to adjust if you grew up around trucking
SouthEastStanger (3 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
You can expect usually sitting on Saturdays and Sundays if you solo.
jay_615 (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
*Well that just stopped me from changing careers to truck driving* 👍
ghostscantkill (4 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.
Snow Owl (4 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 (4 months ago)
Enjoy and drive safe! Dave
dave12546 (4 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 (5 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 (4 months ago)
Wow! Dave
Justin Vasauez (5 months ago)
Is knight transportation a good start for beginners
Smart-Trucking.com (4 months ago)
I'm the wrong guy to ask, I really don't have enough info on them since the merger. Dave
Justin Vasauez (5 months ago)
Can a truck driver carry a gun
Smart-Trucking.com (5 months ago)
In some states. Dave
RDNCKRAMNOSD1 (5 months ago)
My first year was the easiest I guess it helps to work with a small company.
Brandon Petroski (5 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.
Smart-Trucking.com (5 months ago)
I think so too Brandon! Thanks for following! Dave
Alan Forsyth (5 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.
Alexandre Gauvreau (5 months ago)
I'm starting my first year at 21 yo, im stressing a lil
Pat (5 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 (6 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.
Tommy Nightmare (6 months ago)
Weren't you the guy in Smokey and the Bandit?
Tommy Nightmare (6 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 (6 months ago)
No, wasn't me. I liked his rig though. Dave
F3AR cLuTcH (6 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
American Farmer (6 months ago)
Love that Peterbilt
Smart-Trucking.com (6 months ago)
Thank you! It is nice to drive. Dave
C-FoeRilla Kingpin (6 months ago)
Hey thanks for sharing
Tidiest Flyer (6 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 (6 months ago)
You sound like good trucker material! Dave
Jim Phelps (7 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 (6 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 (6 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 (7 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 (6 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 (7 months ago)
Invaluable wisdom.
Z0mbiekiller254 (7 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 (7 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.
Bubba Brazil (7 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
Frank Alfani (7 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 (7 months ago)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Take your time, never rush and you'll be fine. Dave
Ernesto Mercado (8 months ago)
dude THANKS for the Info... good luck to me on this new career.😎
Ben (8 months ago)
The dude chuckling behind the camera! Hahaha
samayza 200 (8 months ago)
how long is the course to be a trucker
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
Depends on the school I imagine but somewhere around three weeks I would think. Dave
1998DodgeCummins (8 months ago)
that bird is getting on my nerves
Francisco López (8 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 (9 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 (8 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 (9 months ago)
Thank for the tips
Smart-Trucking.com (8 months ago)
No trouble, glad to help. Dave
415Kїdd (9 months ago)
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All Be Informed Knowledge Is Power House (9 months ago)
love this channel 🤗😂😂😂, they give you nothing but the true info.
Jonathan t (9 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
Ed Esteezy (1 month ago)
Needed this
Chris Carrera (3 months ago)
Thanks bro!
Mike Luckett (9 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 (9 months ago)
Exactly right! Drive safe Mike. Dave
Random Black Guy (9 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 (10 months ago)
Great Video, very well put!
Smart-Trucking.com (10 months ago)
Thank you! Dave
FinnishLad (10 months ago)
This is so much different than here in europe O.o
Bryan M (6 months ago)
FinnishLad can you describe the difference?
Terry Franks (11 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 (11 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 (11 months ago)
Any New drivers out there download a app called truckers path one of the best tools out there
Cynthia Ferguson (11 months ago)
i really want to be a truck driver so bad
Michael Stutts (11 months ago)
Cynthia Ferguson For my retirement I want to become a truck driver, and Roll Tide!
Smart-Trucking.com (11 months ago)
First we'll have to have you drug tested. Dave
The Asian Mai Show (11 months ago)
i appreciate this man. Thanks for the words of wisdom. This inspires me on my channel!
Shane Robbins (11 months ago)
great video thank you sir
Dis Guy Nowhere (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
can you elaborate on the kind of nasty things that happen in the sleeper with a trainer
turk 19 (1 year ago)
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
There are a couple documented cases of attempted rape by driver trainers. Dave
Timothy Tj (1 year ago)
good info.i did a mere 50,000+ OTR years ago, and this is good solid info.
Dennis Mckown (1 year 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 year ago)
Beautiful advice, thank you, very true in all aspects!
gravytrain416 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Well said and all true> Dave
Frank Roberts (1 year 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.
Eddy Spagetti (2 months ago)
holy shit "swinging meat" ... I ROFL'D
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
It's rarely boring, you may find you like it. Dave
Driven home (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
the 52 people who disliked this are swift drivers 😂
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year ago)
I bet you're right! Dave
Adam Adam (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
jimmyt568 stay away and enjoy your life learn to play a instrument
Smart-Trucking.com (1 year 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