If you’re considering a career as a truck driver, you might be surprised to find out how many types of trucks and trailers there are — and corresponding types of trucking jobs.
Truckers new to the industry face a unique job landscape with many opportunities. When considering potential candidates, companies look for a combination of qualifications, experience, skills, and job readiness. Here are a few things truckers should possess when searching for a job.
Truck driving definitely has its perks — the opportunity to travel, meet people from all over the country, and enjoy a sense of independence many workers in other industries don’t have. But when it comes to driving, there are a few highways that truckers love, and a few they avoid.
If you’re a truck driver looking for a home away from home while hauling your load, you might want to consider visiting one of America’s best rest stops for truck drivers.
The rules and regulations of the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) are complicated, but one thing is fairly straightforward – you will be fined or penalized for late filing, underpayment, or unpaid taxes. To make it worse, you’ll have to pay interest on the unpaid amount until it’s paid in full. You want to avoid this financial setback if possible. But, in case it happens to you, here’s what to expect.
Exercising on a regular basis is an important activity any truck driver should try to consciously remember. Participation in daily exercise will keep any driver in healthy condition in order to prevent the negative effects of being in a sedentary position for extended periods of time.
When you’re out on the road for days and weeks at a time, you need something to help pass the time. Though music is one way to stay engaged when staring at miles and miles of pavement, podcasts have emerged as a great way to not only be entertained but to learn and expand your knowledge. Here are a few great podcasts truck drivers are sure to enjoy.
Slow down at the first sign of rain on the road – this is when many roads are the most slippery because oil and dust have not been washed away. If the road is slippery, it will not give your tires the grip they need. You must drive slower than you would on a dry road.
There’s much to love about this time of year: the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, getting together with friends and family during time off and the extra reminders to be thankful. But, as you know, trucking during the winter also means dealing with frigid temperatures and dangerous road conditions.
A recent study out of China indicated that a junk food diet contributes to fatigue among commercial motor vehicle drivers. A sample of 389 male truck drivers from Suzhou, China answered questions about food frequency, fatigue, and driving behaviors and attitudes.