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About: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

Truck Driving Schools: What They Won’t Tell You

Aug
2,
2007
6

I have lost count on how many “new” drivers have contacted me explaining that they have completed a truck driving course and now have their CDL, but they cannot get hired. The reason is always the same . . . … Continue reading

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CDL Truck Drivers Carrying Guns

Jul
29,
2007
30

Professional over the road CDL truck drivers are a unique breed of men and women. Strong, determined and masters of stamina, they keep the life blood of our country moving. Truck driving isn’t for everyone . . . in fact, … Continue reading

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Trucking: Is it For You?

Jul
3,
2007
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Lets just pretend for a moment, the trucking industry is perfect, all companies treat their employees wonderfully, all truck driving schools are reasonably priced and give top notch education, and everyone gets sick time and Holiday pay.(You will really have … Continue reading

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Miami, Florida Tops Road Rage List . . . Again

May
17,
2007
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Truck driving jobs allow those professionals tough enough to handle the hardships of the lifestyle, a means of exploring this great country of ours. From Bangor, Maine to San Diego, California or Tacoma, Washington to Key West, Florida . . … Continue reading

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Owner Operator: More Loss than Profit

May
6,
2007
8

In the world of truck driving, many newcomers are lured into the realm of becoming an owner operator. Given the choice of earning .34¢ per mile or $1.15 per mile, it is not difficult to understand why someone would choose … Continue reading

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Florida Petroleum Carriers Ready for Hurricane Season

Apr
8,
2007
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The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. As the previous years have shown, this can be a treacherous and even deadly time for those affected regions. Hopefully, we will have a repeat of 2006 where none … Continue reading

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Truck Driver Training for Accident Prevention

Apr
1,
2007
1

Truck driver training is the single most important factor one should consider when contemplating a future in truck driving careers. Many believe that after a three week course, they are ready to tackle the road as an operator of an … Continue reading

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Asleep At The Wheel : The Day "Aunt Hazel" Saved My Life

Mar
20,
2007
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“Aunt Hazel” Truck driving jobs allow drivers the time for a particular aspect in their life: “thinking.” Without a doubt, truck drivers have plenty of time to “think.” Countless hours and endless miles give drivers the opportunity to reflect on … Continue reading

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The DOT: Friend or Foe?

Mar
12,
2007
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Trucking companies and those involved in professional truck driving, understand that they have a higher authority that they must answer to. You will find those individuals within the trucking industry that will continually complain about the wrongdoing of this authority … Continue reading

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Truck Driving in Iraq : You Think It’s Tough Here?

Mar
4,
2007
0

Truck driving undoubtedly has its challenges here in the United States. Crowded highways, not enough parking areas and long hours are just a few of the problems drivers face on a daily basis. I was enjoying a meal at a … Continue reading

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