8 Facts About the Truck Driving Industry
On the surface of things, the truck driving industry can seem pretty tame: There are trucks. They carry freight. That freight is driven to various places. The end. However, scratch the surface of the truck driving field and you’ll find a wealth of facts and trivia that not only hold interest but often reveal just how necessary the truck driving industry is to our nation. Read on to find out more. (more…)Read more
4 Podcasts to Enjoy on the Road
It’s no secret that when it comes to long-haul truck driving, drivers are on the road for a considerable stretch of time. As the hours pass by and you continue on the long stretch of road in front of you, it’s important to keep your mind active and occupied. While music will do the trick for a while, you’ll most likely get tired of listening to the same playlist or radio station. But did you know there’s another alternative?
In our experience, podcasts offer up the best option when silence and music have lost their luster. There are literally thousands of podcasts to choose from to fit any lifestyle, worldview or political persuasion. Download them to your phone when you have a Wi-Fi signal, then play them back to keep your mind active while on the road.
Below you’ll find a few of our favorite truck-centric podcasts. They’re a good place to start for the uninitiated, but don’t be shy about exploring the wider world of podcasts and find exactly what appeals to you! (more…)Read more
Long-Haul vs. Short-Haul Truck Driving: What’s Best for You?
It’s one of the bigger decisions you will make as a truck driver. And while it’s not a permanent decision that has to last your entire trucking career, it is one that can have a big impact on your life. That decision, of course, is whether long-haul or short-haul driving is best for you.Read more
While definitions vary regarding what exactly counts as long-haul and short-haul driving, generally routes that involve a 200-mile radius or less should be considered short-haul, whereas anything over 250 miles is considered long-haul driving. America Truck Driving School knows that this can be a challenge to choose between the two, so we’ve put together a few considerations to keep in mind below. (more…)
The Perks of Joining the Truck Driving Community
There’s nothing quite like the truck driving community. From podcasts and message boards to trade shows and pit stops, there are many ways for truck drivers to get involved with the close community of other truck drivers nationwide. Establishing and being part of such a community provides several perks, like feeling connected to others while out on the road.
Here are a few other perks associated with joining the truck driving community: (more…)Read more
Non-Trucking Jobs You Can Get with Your CDL
For anyone interested in becoming a truck driver, having a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a must. At America Truck Driving School, we prepare all of our students with everything you need to know to acquire your own CDL. But did you know that your commercial driver’s license can open you to a world of other job opportunities aside from truck driving?
Here are just a few possible non-trucking jobs you can get with your CDL: (more…)Read more