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Truck Driving Schools – Are They a Part of the Driver Shortage?

Sep
28,
2008
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We all know about the driver shortage, right?  Just not enough drivers to handle the amount of freight that needs to be moved.  What’s the truth about the driver shortage?  Take advantage of downloading the chapter from my book, “The Truth About Trucking“, to find out more about this.

 

 Through out life we are always bombarded by scams.  Sometimes, we’re hit with one when we don’t even realize it, until it’s too late.  The first and original, Truth About Trucking is all about spreading the truth. 

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Also, be sure to check out our talk radio show program at Truth About Trucking “LIVE” and join us to be a part of the show.  To check a suspicious article, you can see my originals at : http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Aubrey_Allen_Smith , or at : http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/author.cgi?C=45985 , or at : http://www.ideamarketers.com/experts/trucking.cfm , or at : https://www.amazines.com/view_author.cfm?authorid=49677 , or at : http://www.articleblast.com/option,com_comprofiler/user,3702 , or at . . . well, you get the point.

If you only have a question or concern about your trucking career or cdl  driving training, write me at : allen@truthabouttrucking.com or call me at the above phone number.  I’ll be glad to talk with you anytime.  Again, if I’m unavailable, leave a message and I will always call you back. 

And finally, if you would like to know the TRUTH about the driver shortage and what role trucking company driving schools play in the “shortage,” I would like to give you an excerpt from my eBook, Truth About Trucking . . . actually, I want you to have the whole chapter . . .

Chapter Six – The Driver Shortage – A Myth

Enjoy,

Allen Smith

 

 

 

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The History of Trucking

Sep
26,
2008
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The history of trucking is an interesting and sometimes humorous topic, with many colorful characters.  Join Allen Smith on the Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio show, Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 8:30 P.M. EST, as he talks about the history of trucking, detailing informative and sometimes, funny facts about the industry.

 

 First Powered Auto – 1796

 Guests are encouraged to call in and share their trucking experiences . . . what is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while out on the road? . . . what is the worst thing that has ever happened? . . . the most exciting? . . . time to just lay back and have a little fun discussing the trucking life.

1933 Kenworth 

 

Join Allen on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” . . . come and be a part of the show . . .

Truth About Trucking “LIVE” – Internet Talk Radio Show . . . on Blog Talk Radio . . .

9-30-08 at 8:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

PHOTO CREDITS :

1796 AUTO – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas-Joseph_Cugnot

1933 Kenworth – http://www.kenworth.com/7100_ken.asp 

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7 Ways to Combat Trucking Negativity

Sep
25,
2008
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Allen & Donna Smith-AskTheTrucker.comAt first glance, it would seem that positive thinking and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have nothing to do with one another. But many people with ADD develop negative thinking patterns because they become frustrated by their challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder for them to manage those challenges and move forward.

Practicing positive thinking allows people with ADD to focus on their strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows them to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck.   Those in trucking can fall into a “negative” trap also, due to all of the hardships and struggles a driver faces on a daily basis.  Problems with the shippers and receivers, dispatchers, traffic, DOT, law enforcement and the general public can, over time, lead to a negative outlook on life…and even depression

The following tips provide practical suggestions that you can use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It’s much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.

2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don’t seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference.

3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that a friend or family member’s bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly talking about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them. Don’t waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.

4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
Have you ever told someone “You’re ALWAYS late!” or complained to a friend “You NEVER call me!”?   Thinking and speaking in absolutes like ‘always’ and ‘never’ makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into believing that certain people are incapable of delivering.

5. Detach From Negative Thoughts
Your thoughts can’t hold any power over you if you don’t judge them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and don’t follow it.

6. Squash the “ANTs”
In his book, “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” Dr. Daniel Amen talks about “ANTs” – Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like “Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me,” or “My dispatcher wants to see me? It must be bad!” When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!

7. Increase Your Social Activity
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!

When it comes to trucking, protocol is pretty much the religion. To know the things needed to do are the basics of productivity, but interaction and having a steady mind makes up the entire whole of true productivity. There are those who seem to work well even under pressure, but not everyone can do this.  We are human and imperfect. To get these little things like stress under our skin won’t solve our problems. Sometimes it’s best to just stop, step back and relax for a moment.  We only have one life to live . . . why live it stressed, worried and with a negative outlook?

If your current truck driving job is not working for you financially, then find another one.  Being constantly surrounded by “negatives” will only cause you to miss out on the positive things of life.  Don’t let trucking rule your life . . . stop now and then . . . and smell the roses.

Allen & Donna

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The Most Dangerous Driving Maneuvers

Sep
22,
2008
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In the United States, nearly 50,000 people die each year on the roadways and,  according to recent statistics, over 22 million are injured.  As most of these are classified as “accidents,” what’s ironic is that  driving accidents are preventable.  Driving autos along our highways, roads and interstates are dangerous enough.  Add something as large and heavy as an 18-wheeler, and without the proper skills . . . we all know the carnage that can be left behind.

Stats prove that our nations truck drivers are some of the safest drivers on the road.  This is often not mentioned within the media because an “accident” that involves a big rig is, let’s face it . . . news.  As someone considering a career in professional trucking, you may want to ask, “what are the most dangerous driving maneuvers?”  Although answers will vary, I would like to point out the two most dangerous driving maneuvers out of two different driving situations:  (1) Interstate/Highway Driving . . . and . . . (2) City Driving:

Interstate/Highway driving is becoming more and more dangerous due to the amount of vehicles on the road today.  We simply have over crowded highways in many locations.  What maneuver do you believe is the most dangerous to perform while driving on the interstate or highway?  In my opinion, the most dangerous driving maneuver while on the interstate or highway would be – Changing Lanes.  We all know about the “blind spots” that big rigs have . . . how many times have we “looked” once and saw nothing coming, then we look away for a second, then, as we begin to change lanes, suddenly there is a car right beside us that wasn’t there a few seconds before?  When so many drivers are traveling at 70+ MPH, one can appear “out of nowhere” within a blink of an eye.  Changing lanes is the most dangerous driving maneuver while on  interstate/highway driving.

City driving opens up an entire other world of mishaps, incidents and accidents.  Maneuvering an 18-wheeler around in places where automobiles can barely fit sometimes, is challenging.  What is the most dangerous driving maneuver that a truck driver can face during city driving?   It would have to be any maneuver within an “intersection.”  Some reports show that over 80% of all city collisions involving injury or death occur within intersections.  Whether  you are driving straight through or making a left turn or a right turn, the majority of collisions at controlled intersections happen within 4 seconds of the light changing.   Also, since the average speed through an intersection is estimated to be over 50 MPH and the collision takes place against a side door, a greater result of injury or death takes place.

Slow down, look once, look twice, look three times if necessary, but never feel rushed by anyone to get through the intersection or to change lanes.  The “speeder” behind you can wait.  Always remember, it only takes a few more seconds to insure that all is clear and most importantly, all is safe!   Never forget the rules for Defensive Driving and trucking safety.  This will not only save your life, but the life of others. 

Allen Smith 

Trucking Company Partners with Army Reserve

Sep
22,
2008
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The Army Reserve and Schneider National has initiated a partnership which allows both organizations, working together, to recruit, train, and employ those interested, to be able to serve their country and pursue a career in the transportation/logistics industry.

Working together, Schneider National and The Army Reserve will recruit and train qualified soldier candidates. Those interested, must successfully complete their military occupational training ( MOS). Upon Completion of their MOS training with The Army Reserve, Schneider National guarantees job interviews for all qulified soldiers.

This program is not new to The Army Reserve and Schneider National. Since the inception in April, there have been many other business programs which have been recruited into this partnership. There are also hundreds of other businesses finalizing this partnership with the Army Reserve.

Benefits to the program are tri-fold.  It provides soldiers with career oportunities in a variety of fields. It strengthens the Army Reserve, and finally it allows businesses to fill job vacancies with qualifed well diciplined employees.  Many times in the past, soldiers would arrive home after serving their country in sacrifice and honor, only to discover that their skills in the civilian work force were limited, or worse yet, non existant. This program appears to alleviate that for our most honorable of citizens.

 

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How Can We Help?

Sep
20,
2008
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Quick note to all. If there is an area of question that you are having, drop us a line and we’ll try to help.

Also, there are some very good and informative posts that others have written that I feel will help out.

 Check them out…..

 

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Truck Driving School – Talk Radio Interview

Sep
16,
2008
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We completed our interview with Mr. Ken Bons of Eagle Training Services, Inc. out of Illinois.  It was very refreshing to hear how Mr. Bons and his highly skilled staff provides excellent training for truck driving students.  Our goal is to search and seek out more schools that hold this type of quality, honesty, and professional conduct.

If you are  searching for a quality truck driving school or considering a truck driving career, check out Eagle Training Services and be sure to listen to the replay of the show, in case you missed the live broadcast.  A lot of great information…..

We will be researching many other truck driving schools to add to our list of “approved”  trucking schools. 

 Be sure to follow up on our schedule of shows at Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”

Thanks,

Allen

Sarah Palin- Who is She and Why do We Care?

Sep
14,
2008
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Sarah Palin; If her name had been mentioned a couple of weeks ago we may have thought she was the neighbor down the street. Now, she is the topic of every news story, a common name in every household,  the fire of the Republican Party, the fear for the Democratic party, and frankly an inspiration for the American people.  To put it plainly, Sarah Palin not only represents “change”, but she is the very symbol of reform in action.  She is the passion that the American people are desperatley searching for and the belief and hope that hard work, commitment, and integrity can and will pay off.  She believes in cleaning up corruption in Government and “stopping” big Government. She doesn’t believe people should be punished for their dream of prosperity, but rather should be recognized and compensated for such.

Sarah Palin’s record in Alaska speaks for itself ( even though the Obama campaign is trying to discredit that also).  Her bold and confident personality has allowed her to make and execute choices for the state which has brought Alaska and it’s population respect and recogntion for their recent progess and accomplishments. 

Unfortunately the liberal media is on an all out mission to discredit Sarah Palin and her abilities, experience, and ethics. No doubt you have heard the rumors brewing about unethical or less than appealing behavior. Read what NewsBusters has to say about many of these accusations and allegations.

Recently Charlie Gibson of ABC interviewed Sarah Palin with a relentless desire to “trip her up”, asking questions that he had hoped would discredit her abilities, knowledge, and experience in goverment.  As you will see, her confidence and integrity appears to frustrate Charlie, as he just can’t get those answers he was so badly  seeking…for his own accomplishment and recognition within the liberal media. Here is the edited video of that interview. Just wondering, why didn’t Charlie ask Senator Obama those same questions when he had the chance? Here is the unedited version of that  interview with Sarah Palin.

So, who is Sarah Palin and why do we care? Well, besides running for the VP slot with Presedential candidate John McCain, she is a passionate, corruption hating, big government abolishing, God fearing and reform seeking spirit of America.  . We care because it’s what we ourselves are searching for in our country. A symbol of not “just change”, but integrity, commitment and a desire to vote for what you believe in, not what the media and Washington say you should believe in or support.

No matter what political party you associate with, one thing I think everyone can agree on: Sarah Palin is sharp, courageous, motivated, and believes strongly in herself and her country.

Donna

 

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Truck Drivng School List Expansion for TruthAboutTrucking

Sep
14,
2008
2

I would like to tell eveyone that I’m in the process of expanding our Trucking School list.  While doing this I will be asking those interested to sign up for information regarding the approved trucking schools on this list. We will be researching the many worthy and dedicated training facilities that prove to offer a safe, quality and affordable cdl truck driving school. This is a tedious and time consuming task, but will be well worth the effort in the end.  We invite those who believe that they have a Quality and Excellent Training Program to come forward and we will review their program.

All those who have purchased the “The Truth About Trucking” will receive this updated information as it comes in, however, we will ask you to be a member of this list so that you will agree to accept information from the approved schools, should they desire to send it to you.

We are hoping to create a “match” system of schools and students. The process is still in the early stages, but I feel that when it is completed, it will be one of the most complete and thorough lists of students and schools around. Actually, I don’t believe there is anything quite like it .  We will only accept the finest trucking schools and in return the schools will have the best of the best trucking students.

Our next Blog Talk Radio Show will be the start of this new investigation. We will be interviewing a truck driving school CEO and owner. Watch for the next blog post when we will release the details of the school name and guest speaker representing the school. You will be able to call in and ask questions as well as use the “chat” mode on your computers keyboard.

I want to continually thank all of you for your trust and support in our cause to raise the standards of the trucking industry.

Allen

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Federal Government Rejects Application To Toll I-80 in Pa

Sep
13,
2008
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The Federal Government has rejected Pennsylvania’s application to toll  I 80, one of the states most traveled highways. Pa’s Dept of Transportation and Pa Turnpike Commission were told by the Federal Highway Administration ( FHWA) that,  it “doesn’t meet statutory and technical requirements”. Pa Gov. Rendell believes the states infrastructure is in need of repairs and he will now attempt to convince those involved that privatization is the only other available option. Many people are opposed to this alternative as it would allow profit seekers to benefit, while the residents, businesses, and commuters carry the burden of more added tolls.  Obviously, trucking is one of the industries which would be directly effected with the addition of new toll roads scattered throughout the country.

Read what Jim Runk, president of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association ( PMTA) has to say in response to the announcement. He shares many sentiments and concerns that many of us in the country own and believe to be true, especially right here in the  great state of Florida.

If you were on our Blog Talk Radio call the other night with Allen, Sally Baptiste and Franklin Perez, this discussion may seem all too familiar when comparing what has happened  in Pa to what is presently going on in Florida.  Sally is presently fighting  to prevent the addition  of new toll roads in the state of Florida, and is planning the “RUSH HOUR PROTEST” rally on September 22, 2008 in Orange County Florida.

 

 

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