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Can You Get Your CDL for Under $500?

Oct
22,
2008
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Many newcomers to the trucking industry understand that there is a way to receive the CDL without spending thousands of dollars for a truck driving school.  On tonight’s show, Truth About Trucking “LIVE”  Allen discusses the steps that people are taking to grab their CDL for under $500.  Is it the right thing to do?   Should you receive the CDL by bypassing CDL school training and taking “easier” steps? 

If you missed the live show you can hear it now, and find out what Allen thinks about these “bypassing” steps.

 

 

Next show will be Tuesday, October 28th at 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time – “FREE CDL TRAINING” – Be sure to tune in!

Thanks to everyone for listening and your support of the show.

Donna

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” So You’ve Got Your CDL…Now What?”

Oct
19,
2008
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Great Day Today at TruthAboutTrucking.com.   A new Book is in the works. If you liked the 4th Edition of ” The Truth About Trucking“, you’re going to cherish this one, ” So You Got Your CDL….Now What?”

So far 50 Pages of info to keep you on the right path in trucking. Allen Smith has researched all his e-mails and created a section of Questions amd Answers. Another Section is ” Choosing the Right Trucking Jobs“. Also included is the 14 page Report, ” What You Need to Know About the 11-14 Hr Rule”. He’s still writing, so I don’t know how many pages it will end up being.

Knowing Allen, once he gets going….HE CAN”T STOP

Need Help with your Trucking Log Book? It’s in the Report!! Including Snapshots.

Want the 14 page Report for Free?  Then Download it Here!

Are You a Desgner or Graphic Artist?  Design the Cover of ” So You’ve Got Your CDL…Now What?”, and if we pick it…have your name and Website in the Book!        Send your ideas to: Donna@truthabouttrucking.com

Donna

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A Day in the Life of a Lady Trucker

Oct
19,
2008
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10/19/09     One Year Exactly from the original post of TruckerDesiree and 130 posts later!!  From that scared and frantic student contacting Allen for help, to one of the most determined and influential women in trucking today…offering advice and empathy to all who need it.

**YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY!**

If you would like to read Desiree’s Journal from the beginning, please scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to the bottom of the page. The journal begins as comments, in chronological fashion.

Click on the Blue Words “see older comments”If you don’t do this, you will miss the first few months of the journal.  Thanks,  Donna

This Journal will soon be available in book form.  We’ll let you know when it’s complete

10/19/08

Allen and I have the honor to communicate with so many people every day. Although we haven’t met the majority of them, I feel a camaraderie between us and them just the same. Trucking can be a lonely lifestyle in itself, but our websites, truthabouttrucking.com and askthetrucker.com, have introduced us to some of the finest human beings around. We receive letters, gifts, prayers, and friendship from many of our loyal subscribers.

Recently I started communicating by e-mail with a woman by the name of Desiree. Her e-mails describing her life as a truck driver were so detailed and graphic, I felt like I was living the experience right along with her.  Her stories were those of courage and integrity and Allen even used one of them in his new version of The Truth About Trucking 4th edition.

I  invited Desiree to post some of her stories here, and I hope all of you find them as intriguing, entertaining and fascinating as I did. These stories represent  similar experiences that so many other woman truck drivers have lived.

Some of her stories can definitely give you some insight on how trucking companies “value” women truckers.

When I asked her to how she would like to share some of her stories here on our blog, she answered with this reply,

“Well I’d like to start, by starting from the very beginning and navigating my way thru the trucking school scam and thru the individuals that I teamed with and was trained by, because there are already tons of funny stories… but great learning experiences. From weight management to hygiene I’ve been collecting and fine tuning this lifestyle to make it work.”

Okay, Thanks Desiree. It’s all yours now!

Donna

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Questions Answered on Talk Radio Show

Oct
15,
2008
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Allen Smith-BlogTalkRadio-AskTheTruckerWe had a great show tonight (10-14-08), on Truth About Trucking “LIVE”, where I read and answered questions from callers and from our email “vault.”   I appreciate all the listeners and callers and hope the show was helpful . . . it was well received and we will make a point to continue doing a Q&A talk show on a regular schedule.

Our main goal as you know, is to aid truck drivers and truck driving students towards a successful career within the trucking industry.

By knowing the truth and the ways of the trucking companies and truck driving schools, you can be way ahead of the game as you begin your trucking career.

If you missed the “live” show, you can catch it here :

 


 

Be sure to catch our next show : “How to get your CDL for under $500.”   Broadcasting on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 at 8:30 P.M. EST.   Hope to see you there!

Allen

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The Truth About Trucking- Revised 4th Edition Released Today

Oct
14,
2008
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Today we released the 4th edition of “The Truth About Trucking” book for trucking students, truckdrivers and trucking career seekers. Most people who know me ( Allen) as telling the truth…no matter how unpleasant that may be. I don’t candy coat things and I sure don’t want to give false promises…BUT…when you are equipped with the truth, only then can you expect to have a chance at being successful.

Today I released “The Truth About Trucking” with the hope to educate and inform as many students and new drivers as possible….equipping them with as many facts, info and knowledge I could find useful and necessary so they may achieve their trucking goals. It’s taken a few months to gather  the added information, but I feel the information given will provide the tools for a successful trucking career to anyone who is truly serious about having one.  I believe the extra 5  chapters will benefit everyone.  As always, all past clients receive the revision and it’s sent automatically to their e-mail.

Here is the new Table of Contents to explore. I hope all those who have received the new edition are already seeing the benefits.

We would appreciate all comments, input and opinions….and most of all…your success stories.

To Your Success!

Allen

 

PS Noticed a review on TruckerToTrucker Website. This was written before the revised edition.

 

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“The Truth About Trucking”- Allen’s Revised Book-Review

Oct
11,
2008
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For Everyone who has been anxiously awaiting for Allen Smith’s revised edition of “The Truth About Trucking”, we invite you to read what one of our clients had to say about the new revision.

Her name is Barbara, and we asked her if we could send it to her before the launch date of next week( October 13th) so she could write a critique.

We asked Barbara to really be Honest and Critical and not to spare feelings. She so kindly accepted our request. This is was she so graciously wrote:

“I think the first word out of my mouth after reading this book is “WOW”. This is an
incredible book. Allen must have put a lot of work into this book.
I really appreciate all the new information that have been added to the new book like:
1. The Easy Trucking software
2. The chapter on “Team Truck Driving”. That chapter particularly opened my eyes.
3. The new chapter on “Women In Trucking”. WOW. Who would believe such things go on
in the trucking business.
4. Bonus chapter 13 is something I will definitely look into.
5. The Fun Stuff chapter and
6. Internet Marketing.

This is a lot of incredible information you have put into the book. I really, really
appreciate Allen taking the time and the effort to write this book.”…….Barbara

Thank You Barbara for taking the time to do this for us!

We hope others will add to this AskTheTrucker blog post when they receive the new revised addition with the three additional chapters. We’d like to know what “your critique” is also.

 As always, Allen has really put his heart in this new revised version and hopes to prevent any hardships that truckers might otherwise face without it. This truly is a success formula for trucking…including truck driving schools, trucking companies, and most importantly, truck driving jobs. We are very very excited to share “The Truth About Trucking” with you.

To Your Success,

Donna

 

 

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Truck Driving Jobs

Oct
7,
2008
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When considering a career in trucking, there are many questions and concerns a newcomer will have when searching for the best truck driving jobs.   Join Allen, Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 at 7:30 P.M. EST, for the popular Truth About Trucking “LIVE” internet talk radio show. 

In this segment, Allen opens up his email vault and answers some of the hundreds of questions he receives on a weekly basis. Listeners are encouraged to call in with their questions for this special Q&A broadcast.   Questions answered . . . “live” . . . on Blog Talk Radio.

 

Listen to Truth About Trucking

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Allen Smith

Trucking Talk Radio

 

 

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Team Truck Driving

Oct
4,
2008
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Team truck driving is being investigated by many people looking into the possibilities of making more money in truck driving. The ads all say the right things and I have found various articles on the subject of team truck driving jobs. What is the truth when it comes to team driving? Can you really make more money driving as a team?

As a driving team, the goal is to keep the truck moving 24/7. You will find articles and ads claiming high mileage and high pay every week, as well as there being such a high demand for team drivers. The truth is, most companies are looking for team drivers, just like they are looking for solo drivers. However, many of us know what the solo drivers go through in the world of trucking. The same applies for team drivers . . . this is still OTR trucking.

Freight slows down, even for team drivers. The average weekly miles for a driving team is 3600 to 5000. Will you get 5000 miles every week? Not likely. But most of the time, if the company is a good one, you should average close to that figure. Also, remember that in team driving, both drivers split the cents per mile pay. Therefore, if the company is paying the average of .38 cents per mile, you both are making .19 cents per mile. That is to say, if you are both considered “equals” and one is not the “lead driver.”

The average pay for teaming is .32 cents to .47 cents per mile. So let’s look at how all this figures out. We are going to say that you belong to a team that is going to run 52 weeks per year, never stopping, never going home. You are going to average 5000 miles per week. You are with a really, excellent company and they are paying your team the top dollar of .47 cents per mile!

 5000 miles X .47 cents per mile = $2,350 per week.

$2,350 divided by 2 = $1,175 per week (Gross Pay)

Gross yearly pay per driver = $61, 100

Not a bad income, right? Of course, this is an extreme exaggeration because few people can handle running 52 weeks per year, never going home. You SHOULD make more money driving as a team. Team truck driving is also the “easier” version of OTR trucking due to the average haul for team driving being around the 1500 mile mark. Is it without problems? Absolutely not. Nothing in trucking is without problems. Let’s look at team truck driving on a more realistic scale.

On the average, team drivers will run 35 weeks per year, giving them 17 weeks per year at home, enjoying a break. What kind of yearly gross pay can a team driver expect with this type of running?

5000 miles X .47 cents per mile = $2,350 per week.

$2,359 divided by 2 = $1,175 per week (Gross Pay)

$1,175 per week X 35 weeks = $41,125 . . . gross yearly pay.

This is nearly the average gross yearly pay for a solo driver. Right now, the average yearly pay for a solo driver falls between $35,000 and $45,000. The amount of income you can earn as a team driver depends on how long you want to stay out and run. However, this applies for a solo driver as well. When ads claim you can gross $160,000 per year, they are basically saying that you will have to run all the time, with very little time at home, if any. Some teams do, but for most of us, this is not realistic.

But, if your question is can you make more money in team driving, then the answer is “yes.” If you are willing to sacrifice and run hard for the miles and make the commitment to live in the truck Therefore, the next question should be, “Are you “team material?”

In order to be a successful truck driving team, you only have to ask yourself two questions :

 

    1. ”Can I get along with my co-driver for 24/7?”

    2. ”Do I trust my co-driver?”

 There are plenty of horror stories about team driving. Many professional, over the road drivers will never team. Why? Both drivers have to be able to get along with each other, in a cramped area, for 24 hours per day, seven day per week. Also, while one is driving, the other is sleeping . . . will you be able to trust this person with your life? Will you be able to switch shifts? Instead of one driving all day hours and the other driving all night hours, what will happen when you decide you want a change? Can you trust that your partner will be able to stay awake at night, after having driven all day hours?

Team truck driving simply boils down to using common sense. Your partner has to be someone you can get along with on a 24/7 basis, and one you who will trust with your life, as well as one who will “pull their share” of the load. The best teams on the road today are husband and wife teams. Spouses generally do very well in team truck driving. There are still problems, like anything in life, but team driving works very well for the most part, between spouses.

As you have read earlier, trucking companies regulate the amount of miles you receive, and this is true for team operations as well. Remember how I stated that mileage is nearly always based on the magical 2500 miles per week for solo drivers? This is why you will normally hear the 5000 miles per week for team driving . . . 2500 times two drivers = 5000.

So how does this average weekly mileage add up for both solo and team drivers? Let’s compare a solo driver at .36 cents per mile, and a team driver at .36 cents per mile. The solo driver averages 2500 miles per week and the team driver averages 5000 miles per week . . . not hard to figure out, is it? Each driver would gross $900 for the week. Therefore, the only way a team driver could make more money than a solo driver, is to be paid above the average pay of a solo driver. If the team is making .47 cents per mile, then the team driver would come out ahead by $275 per week. Keep in mind, however, many solo drivers are earning .47 cents per mile as well.

So what is the advantage of team driving? In my opinion, only the ability to earn $200 to $300 more per week, if your current solo position is paying less than what the team position will be paying. If you are already making .45 cents per mile as a solo driver, what purpose would it serve to go work as a team driver making .45 cents per mile? If you are with a really bad company paying only .32 cents per mile, let’s say, as solo, and you can team for .42 cents per mile, you will increase your weekly gross pay by an average of $250. This may be worth it for you if things are tight financially.

Driving as a team could bring you an extra $8,750 to $10,000 per year in income, if the pay surpasses what you are making as a solo driver. Again, you will have to find the right partner who you can get along with for long periods of time and one you can trust with your life. If you can do this, and you’re up to the sacrifice, then teaming can bring you a great income. Just remember that you will not always get exactly 5000 miles per week, and this style of trucking is not problem free.

Allen Smith

Author of the first and original, Truth About Trucking.

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Allen Smith- Press Release- Raising the Standards of the Trucking Industry

Sep
30,
2008
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Today Setember 30, 2008 Allen Smith Of Truth About Trucking.com and AskTheTrucker.com  was featured in Google News Alert for his Press Release. Allen continues his quest of “Raising the Standards of the Trucking Industry.

To read this entire Press Release go to:

<http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/9/prweb1384764.htm>

 === Google News Alert for: truck driving schools ===

Veteran Trucker Allen Smith Releases Audio CD’s Exposing Trucking …
PR Web (press release) – Ferndale,WA,USA
In addition to his relentless quest to educate and inform truck driving
students and new drivers about the truck driving school and trucking
company scams, …
<http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/9/prweb1384764.htm>

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The Credit Crisis – The Great Democrat Scam

Sep
29,
2008
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The Credit Crisis is the greatest work by the Democrat leaders to date. We can’t give these highly “intelligent leaders” all the glory, however, because a great portion of the cause also goes to another sector . . . the American people themselves. The following will provide what so many people ignore these days . . . actual evidence and TRUTH.

These incredible “leaders” of our great country have succeeded in creating what began over 31 years ago with President Jimmy Carter. Finally, today, thanks to their total ignorance, “We the People” are now facing what they would like for us to believe, is the single greatest financial catastrophe of our lifetime . . . the purposely, self made . . . Credit Crisis.

We can’t let the Republicans off the hook either. None of them . . . NONE . . . had the understanding or foresight to stand up and FIGHT when this lying, immoral scam started to unfold. And millions of our own citizens simply grabbed everything these disgusting politicians were throwing at them . . . not having any sense at all in foreseeing what was to come. And now that the Democrats have succeeded in creating this crisis, they now stand up “fighting” for the American people and are desperately seeking a solution to their creation, in order to “save us.” They care nothing about this great country, its people or their welfare. Only two things motivate these Democratic “leaders” . . . Money and Power.

For the complete 7 page report readThe Credit Crisis – The Great Democrat Scam

Watch the video of the 2004 House Committe Meeting, where Republicans were warning about the impending “crisis,” and the Democrats were denying it all . . .

Read The Credit Crisis – The Great Democrat Scam

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