Ask The Trucker

Raising the Standards of the Trucking Industry


Audio CD’s for “Truth about Trucking” Making a Difference in Trucking

Jul
20,
2008
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We are happy to announce the 2 CD set Audio CD’s are available. There has been an overwhelming request for these and we’re glad to finally have them here for you.  The CD’s can be played and listened to at your leisure. We do strongly suggest however that you read the book ( which comes with them) because there are many links to various trucking companies and schools as well as other important references and resources that you may need. The CD’s and the book work together so you can get the most out of the information we supply for you.  Also included with the CD’s are 6 Bonus Reports which will be beneficial to everyone in trucking, including truck driving students who are investigating the thousands of CDL  truck driving schools across the country. We believe you are going to be very pleased, to say the least.

There is so much more that needs to be done.  Our book, bonuses, and audios are just the “tip of the iceburg.” We believe that if we all stand together, the scams within the industry will be abolished. The trucking industry, including the schools and companies, will be held to the highest level of integrity, treating their drivers with respect and giving them the recognition they deserve. 

Equally important, truck driving schools/ cdl training facilities will have one main priority: Teaching students how to drive safely and thoroughly. One day the CDL mills will be replaced with the finest training  sites available.

All this can be achieved if enough people join the cause. It only happens though when enough people are enlightened to the truth behind the scenes. Sadly, too many drivers discover the truth after they have been tested and tried for many years. Many times they become bitter, angry, and just give up on the industry,  not believing that their voice will change anything. They are wrong…. It can….and it will.

Soon we will have our first BLogTalk Radio show. We plan to have guests on the show who can help aid in our cause and to offer information of importance to everyone. We would like it to be a gathering where truckers and students can feel confident that the information they hear is that of credibility and  authority and can be trusted  whole heartedly. 

Another goal we would like to achieve is to create an extensive list of truck driving schools throughout the country which can be given the”stamp of approval” so to speak. This will not be an easy task however as a fair amount of research would need to be done before just “any” school would be recommended to our clients.  Right now there are many reputable schools scattered throughout the US and Canada, offering quality training at affordable prices. Unfortunatley the schools with less than adequate training have made it difficult for many of these worthy trucking schools to be recognized as the excellent training facilities which they are.  Locating  and reporting  ALL of them will be quite a challenge.

To sum it all up, we would like to change the standards within the trucking industry. We believe students should not have to worry about being scammed or ripped off from a school that they just paid thousands of dollars to for their training. We believe that truck drivers should not have to worry about being taken advantage of or lied to regarding  the promises that were made to them when they were hired. We believe this can and will be changed. We believe you can help. By voicing your opinions and experiences here and to all the other trucking blogs and forums, you will be creating a viral voice for all truck drivers and truck driving students everywhere.

Glad to see that a few of you have joined Twitter and are following us. Start writing your own posts too and get involved.

Finally, hope you enjoy the interview in the beginning of the post.  Allen was indeed honored to be chosen for this.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support and we wish you the best in trucking and your life.

God bless,

Allen and Donna Smith

 

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Trucking Talk Show

Jul
18,
2008
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Listen to Truth About Trucking on internet talk radio

As many of you are aware of by now, truthabouttrucking.com is proud to be launching the Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio show, on BlogTalkRadio.com, premiering Saturday, August 9th at 2:00 PM EST. I want to personally extend an invitation to all to join us for the debut of Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”

We will be discussing all aspects of the trucking industry and this will be your open door to have YOUR VOICES heard across the entire World Wide Web! Our mission? To fight back for our nations drivers and to raise the standards of the trucking industry in order to benefit those who deserve it the most….YOU….our men and women of trucking.

Whether you are a veteran trucker or just considering a career in trucking, we want you to join us on Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”

Together, we can change things for the better, and raise the standards of the trucking industry.

Until then, drive safe……..and we will “see” you on the Truth About Trucking, live talk radio show!

Listen to Truth About Trucking on internet talk radio

Allen Smith
truthabouttrucking.com

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Update : Talk Radio Show

Jul
16,
2008
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Please note that our url to the new Truth About Trucking Live Talk Radio Show has changed, in order to make it easier!! Direct link is now : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking . Join us as we debut on August 9th, 2008 @ 2:00 PM!

Thanks

Talk Radio Show

Jul
15,
2008
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Exciting news here at the truthabouttrucking.com home base! We are launching the Truth About Trucking Live Radio Talk Show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com . The very first debut is scheduled for August 9th, 2008 at 2:00 PM….Our special guest will be HazMat expert Barry Szczucki….We invite anyone who would like to join us on this Debut Special, to call in and be on LIVE TALK RADIO with the Truth About Trucking! You can check out all the details at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking.

Truth About Trucking continues to break new ground in its attempt to raise the standards of the trucking industry. We will be discussing all aspects of the trucking industry and ways to make things better for drivers…..everything about trucking! Continue checking back at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking to see what upcoming shows are planned and call in to the talk show.

Truth About Trucking Live Radio Talk Show – Debut – 8-9-08, 2:00 PM

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Class A CDL Driver Qualifications

Jul
13,
2008
1

I receive messages from students, new CDL holders and recent truck driving school graduates telling me that they now have their CDL Class A license, but nobody will hire them. Normally, it is because of some “little” thing in their past or on their “record” that is preventing them from being hireable. They simply did not know or understand that certain “little” things can stop an employer from bringing you on as an OTR driver.

Most all trucking companies go by the same set of rules when hiring a new driver. Many policies are set forth by local, state and federal law. Many other policies are those set by the company itself. Had any of these students or recent grads had known about these policies, they could have saved thousands of dollars they spent for the truck driving school, realizing that they would not be able to get hired in the first place.

If you are considering a career in trucking and have no driving experience and are planning to attend a truck driving school for training, first make sure there is nothing that will prevent you from being hired by an employer. Should there be something, you will have just wasted a large amount of money for a CDL that you may never be able to use.

There are four areas that you would want to verify to insure all is well: Minimum Qualifications, Safety Issues, Documents and Criminal History. Many truck driving schools will see a questionable item and tell you that you should be alright, but remember……..they want your $4000 payment, or whatever their training price may be!

Download and print out these Class A CDL Driver Qualifications and keep for a reference guide. If there is something that may prevent you from obtaining employment as a driver, you would want to get it resolved, if possible, BEFORE shelling out the $$$ for a truck driving school.

 About the author:

Aubrey “Allen” Smith is the author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. While offering advice through articles and free bonus reports, his eBook has helped thousands of new students and drivers become aware of the many scams within the trucking industry. Visit http://www.truthabouttrucking.com today to learn more.

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Truth About Trucking – FREE Reports

Jul
9,
2008
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To all you truck driving  students and new drivers and those considering a career in OTR trucking……grab these 3 FREE downloadable trucking  reports……Get started on the right track!     Thanks,   Allen Smith – http://www.truthabouttrucking.com

http://www.truthabouttrucking.com/free-reports.php

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Truth About Trucking on Twitter!

Jul
1,
2008
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Just a quick note to all our subscribers, customers and followers!  Truth About Trucking is on “Twitter” and we would like to invite all who are interested in trucking….current drivers, recent CDL grads, upcoming students and those thinking about a trucking career to join us on “Twitter.”  Keep up to date on “what we are doing.”   Check it out and HAVE FUN!!!      ……….   Allen Smith

 http://twitter.com/askthetrucker 

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Truck Driving Jobs: The #1 Mistake by Shippers and Receivers

Jun
19,
2008
3

Driving a truck professionally can be a tormented vocation. Truck driving schools enjoy manipulating new students in believing that over the road truck driving is an easy, laid-back lifestyle. At times, perhaps it can be, but for the most part it is a stressful, aggravating way of life. There are hundreds of thousands of pick-ups and deliveries made every day by our truckers and if you ask them which shipper and receiver is usually the worst to deal with, the answer will nearly always be the Grocery Warehouses.

I have never understood the management team of the grocery warehouses. You would think that management, lower to upper, would comprehend the main principle of business management . . . take care of the customer. Dealing with a grocery warehouse, primarily delivering, is most often the truck driver’s worst nightmare. They purposely make you sit and wait for hours on end, and most often make you, the driver, perform the unloading.

Grocery warehouses are known for their over-powering, disrespectful and hateful attitudes. Many of them will treat the professional driver as something less than a dog. All you have to do is ask a driver that has been at it for a while . . . grocery warehouses are the worst! These little managers that run the operation enjoy the feeling of power over the driver. This is the only reason I can imagine . . . what other reason would cause a “manager” to treat truck drivers this way?

Thus, this is where the management of these grocery warehouses are making their biggest mistake in managing. They may have the title of “management,” but they are not true, professional managers. What is the #1 mistake enacted by these shippers and receivers? They see these men and women truck drivers as nothing but “lower-class.” They treat them unfairly and many times with hostility. They abuse their management “powers” by making them sit and wait for hours on end, will take seven hours to unload a one hour shipment, and on and on.

This is where these so called “managers” are making their #1 mistake. These men and women of trucking may just be “truck drivers,” but they are also something else . . . they are CUSTOMERS! If every truck driver who has been treated badly by these grocery warehouses would stop shopping at the particular store, and their spouse stopped, along with their “two” kids, that would be a loss of four CUSTOMERS. Multiply this by 200 other drivers, spouses and “two” kids, customer loss would run up to 800! If each of these told a friend to stop buying from these hateful shippers and receivers, they would witness a customer loss of 1600! And . . . well, you get the picture.

A true, professional manager understands that the sole priority of a business is to make a profit. To do this, takes the customer. Without customers, a business fails. Is the customer always right? No . . . but when a company or corporation employs “managers” who fail to understand that even the lowly “truck driver” is a customer, they are no manager at all.

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The Truth About Trucking on Audio CD

Jun
14,
2008
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We’ve noticed during the last 3 years online,  we would receive an e-mail here and there asking “will you be putting your book on an audio CD?” Well, about six weeks or so ago, we took a mini- survey, and asked our newsletter subscribers if they would be interested in an audio of the book, “The Truth About Trucking”.  The response was overwhelming…and almost everyone said they would like to have an audio copy of the book.

We originally had the date set for the release of the audio CD for June 10th. To be honest, we didn’t realize how much more involved and technical it is to “put it all together” in a professional and well presented manner, a way that would be interesting and entertaining as well as informative and educational. We’re pleased to say that it’s in the final stages and we’ll be sending out an e-mail or newsletter giving the details of the availability.

There will be a very special price for all our loyal customers and subscribers to our newsletter.  Without you, this blog, the website,  and all the articles that are spread across the web, would not be possible. Your support and trust has allowed us  to continue  spreading our beliefs and desire to get the truth out to as many as we can.

All those purchasing the book or  PDF CD  prior to the release of the new audio CD, will be able to receive it for almost 1/2 off the new website price. The Audio will come with the downloadable e-book and all 4 bonuses as in the past. We really want to stress that you need the digital download ( which is available as an immediate download), because all the important links to the various trucking companies, truck driving schools, and other  resources are in the PDF version of the book ( e-book). The audio is meant for easy listening as many of you have said, “I would rather listen than read”. Although it’s not totally complete, it appears to be about 3 hrs long( includes the bonus reports).

So keep your eyes open for the e-mails that will give a direct link to the introductory offers for you. If you haven’t signed up for our free info yet, just complete the sign up form and your e-mail will be added to our news list. Allen has a feed for all the most relevant trucking news and he passes ,what he believes to be important, on to you.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon,

Allen & Donna

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Trucking Job Brings Me Face to Face With Vietnam Vet

Jun
13,
2008
8

     It’s amazing what an over the road truck driver can encounter on a daily basis. All of the sights and sounds they experience become so vast that they soon forget and accept them as simply a part of their daily lives. Experiences that few will ever know and even fewer can only dream about. I often stop and remember such things like slipping through the back roads of the Blue Ridge Mountains…….literally sliding my way down a snow covered Snowqualmie Pass……or slowing the rig down a few notches so I could enjoy the scenery of actual wild horses running across the plains of Wyoming…….and of course, that time I had no choice but to stop in the middle of the road and let that massive, huge moose cross in front of me in Caribou, Maine. All the sights, sounds and wonderment that now only live in my memories…..

     Though I no longer operate over the road, I am still “running” here in the State of Florida, averaging 420 miles per day. Not too long ago I was making a delivery in Gainesville, Florida at a small BP service station. As I pulled in, I noticed a haggard looking man huddled underneath the overhang of the building. Working nights, I often have to deal with some “rough” characters approaching me for money or food, so I kept my sight on him. It wasn’t long until I knew he was homeless as he walked up to me and the conversation began:

How you like driving that thing?” he asked.

It’s OK,” I replied, “Been doing it a long time.”

     He remained with me as I began my work and everything seemed to be going fine. Just a lonely guy, I thought, needing a little company. He walked back over to where he had been and sat back down beside a duffle bag containing all of his possessions. Suddenly, he placed his hand on the bag and started shaking it back and forth saying, “Get up! Get up!” I focused my attention back on him. Then, he began moving his head from side to side, his eyes darting here and there. I heard him mumble, “They’re dead……..they’re all dead.”

     A massive thunderstorm was moving into the area and I was working feverishly to complete my work before it hit. All of a sudden, an enormous clap of thunder and flash of lightening struck sending me running for cover. I immediately heard him yell, “INCOMING!” He was down on the ground with his hands over his head and it was then that I realized something…….I was in the presence of a hero.

     I knew I had to do something to bring him back to reality so I yelled, “HEY!…..HEY!…..you hungry?” He rose to his feet, his shaking subsided and a grin crossed his face, “I’m always hungry, dude” he laughed. I ran out to the truck and brought back a Gatorade and a ham and cheese sandwich. “Here,” I said, “This is my last drop so I’m heading home, I don’t need them.” As the rain poured down and the thunder rolled, I stayed by my new friend as he enjoyed the free meal. The political side of me kicked in and I wondered why is this man, why is this hero….left alone, forgotten by our Government, and made to live out on the streets?

     During the next thirty minutes, we talked about many things . . . from the Florida weather to alligators to truck driving . . . and with every teeth-jawing blast of thunder he would yell out, “KABOOM! ,” followed by a fit of laughter. As the storm passed and moved further to the Northwest, I said my goodbyes and told him to take care of himself. He shook my hand and thanked me for the drink and sandwich. Never once did he ask for money or help of any kind. He was his own man . . . he was a hero.

     As I began pulling out of the driveway, another loud burst of thunder occurred, followed by an enormous streak of lightening. I glanced over to see him staring up in the sky, his eyes flashing as bright as the lightening . . . his arms moving up and down . . . and I knew, once again, at that very moment he was no longer with me in Gainesville, Florida. I gave him a wave goodbye, but he failed to respond. He was no longer there . . . the hero had gone back to Vietnam.

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