Knowing the Signs of the Road: Why It Matters
It’s true. We live in a digital age. We’ve got all the world’s maps available at the swipe of our smartphone screens. A GPS can track our location and speed and can even display the current speed limit. Traffic updates? Covered. Weather and road condition warnings? Yup, those too, loading on your smartphone in nearly real time.
With all this information ready, it almost seems like there’s no need to consider road signs. These days, your tech does a lot of your seeing for you anyway, right? Wrong. Besides it being required by law to know and understand these road signs, there are several other compelling reasons to learn their meanings and keep your eye on them while driving. Read on to learn why. (more…)Read more
Qualities That Make a Top-Performing Truck Driver
You’re taking the classes, learning proper procedures and putting in the hours needed behind the wheel. Soon enough, you’ll be making your way into the world of professional truck driving! If you’re looking for the best jobs out there, it’s necessary to be a top-performing truck driver. At America Truck Driving School, we supply each of our students with the knowledge and experience to become an outstanding truck driver. However, each individual can choose to implement habits and strategies to ensure they’re performing at the upper-echelons of the field. If that’s the kind of truck driver you want to be, take a look at some of these tips. (more…)Read more
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…)