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We found this video on YouTube and we would like to share it with you. This Gentleman’s name who created the video is Jim and he is a retired truck driver. He and his wife are parents of a soldier fighting for our country in Iraq.
He has made this video as a tribute to those truckers who have lost their lives while being dedicated to their driving career.
Some of you may have seen this already, but it is worth watching again.
Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxygoUW0KY0
Thanks Jim for remembering……………..and we thank your son too.
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Article describing the devastating effects that Owner Operators within the Trucking Industry are experiencing because of the High price of fuel.
Truck Drivers from all over the country are being forced to make drastic changes in their lifestyles, some on the verge of bankruptcy
Just when you think that a portion of the truck driving schools had enough of their own scams, along comes a sly group that even outscams them!….as if the Trucking Industry doesn’t have enough problems
Read about this bunch and what they are doing!
Here’s a thought: GO GET A JOB!
I would like to stress to those interested in choosing Trucking as a career, to make sure they do their homework before choosing a Truck Driver Training Facility or Trucking Company for Employment. Trucking Schools are a big business out there, and trust me, there are thousands of eager people just waiting for you to join them. The choice you make will determine the quality of education you receive and the amount of money you spend to obtain it.
On a similar note, careful choice must be made when signing on for a trucking job. The hope of financial freedom can easily be crushed if you sign on with a trucking company that readily abuses their drivers. They do this by keeping them out for weeks on end and compensating them with a small paycheck.
Trucking is Being Chosen as an Exciting Career, but you must be able to research and make the Right Choices. Don’t be Held Hostage by making the wrong choice.
As we enter the year 2008, the job market is looking less optimistic. More people than ever before are investigating a career withing the Trucking Industry as the solution for financial success. Their goal is not just having a job, but a career that will allow financial freedom as well as the freedom of Over The Road Truck Driving. Their goals for achieving this dream are two fold: Find a Truck Driver Training Facility ( to obtain their CDL) and then a Trucking Company to hire them. Simple, right?
Unfortunately, whenever there are anxious and enthusiastic people looking for an opportunity, there are those who will be equally anxious, waiting to take advantage of them. Their company ads and promises are as luring as expensive fish baits, and as successful as the most expert fisherman. Their motive is financial gain, plain and simple. They charge thousands and deliver very little, except maybe an empty check book or a large loan payment.
The most vulnerable are the Students desiring to obtain the required CDL license through quality truck driver training. This is the first step that anyone considering a truck driving career must achieve. As a result of this necessary requirement, there are many businesses out there targeting this audience, trying to obtain their business by promising a quality education in truck driving. Some are reputable institutions, but many are just businesses, posing as quality schools, offering a poor education, costing thousands of dollars. Many of these CDL Training Schools promise “quick training” in as little as 2 weeks. Since many potential drivers are eager to get their training and start earning a living, this kind of training is quite appealing.
The next targeted audience for abuse is the “newbie” CDL driver. Many Companies are willing to take on these new drivers, promising them the world, but only delivering hours of driving, time away from home, and VERY little pay.
Veteran drivers are very much aware of the scams and tricks out there. Many however, are not as aware of the Truck Driving School Scams, as they achieved their CDL many years ago before the “driving school mills” were as popular.
These veterans, are however, familiar with the trucking companies that take advantage of drivers, and stay away from them like the plague.
Many of them have paid their dues, enduring years of heartache and empty promises, going from one company to the next, until they found the “right” company. Others were fortunate enough to land a good company from the beginning and have spent their entire career with them.
We strive to encourage everyone to research all their options carefully before making any decisions. As many of you already know, Allen’s well researched book, “The Truth About Trucking” has much of the valued information you will need, including information he has obtained through his own trucking experiences.
Don’t get carried away with all your eagerness and enthusiasm. Take time and do your research. Only when you know about the scams will you be able to avoid them and be successful choosing the best truck driver training and trucking company to work for.
Allen is a 30 year veteran and expert within the trucking industry. He has written dozens of articles , helping students and new drivers to be successful by avoiding the scams of many truck driving schools and trucking companies. He is the original author of the well known book, “The Truth about Trucking” and the primary writer on his blog, Ask The Trucker.com
Truck driving jobs are always plentiful due to the constant driver turn over rate that now stands at 128% for over the road drivers. The average yearly income for truck drivers is $35,000 to $45,000 for company drivers, and $95,000 to $130,000 for owner operators, depending on where you live. Currently, as a local driver, working five days per week and home every night, I enjoy a driving job grossing $50,200 per year.
Every two years the US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases their list for the top 30 fastest growing job opportunities. Just released, this list shows the best career choices projected to the year 2016. Truck driving didn’t make the list, but how does truck driving jobs salaries compare with these 30 fastest growing jobs for the future?
Many of these positions require at least a Bachelor Degree, and some even a Master’s Degree or Doctorate, yet I find it interesting to note that professional truck drivers can earn more than these professional positions. And, with proper management skills, an owner-operator can actually gross more than any of the top 30 on the list!
Of course, there is not much glamour in OTR truck driving, but with the public’s view of the typical “truck driver,” I felt it was important to point out that with the right information, the professional skills and the proper attitude, truck driving jobs can offer a good wage and decent living . . . you just have to know where to look. However, comparing truck driving jobs with the top 30 lists, one should not consider themselves just a “truck driver.”
See how your current driving job compares with the top 30 jobs of the future . . . the salary shown is the median average salary for the year 2006 :
30. Physician assistant $74,980
29. Physical therapist $68,050
28. Manicurists and pedicurist $21,280
27. Environmental science and protection technician $40,260
26. Gaming and sports book writers and runners $20,850
25. Computer software and systems software engineers $87,250
24. Database administrators $67,460
23. Computer system’s analysts $72,230
22. Dental assistants $30,850
21. Marriage and family therapists $44,700
20. Mental health and substance abuse social workers $37,980
19. Mental health counselors $37,840
18. Dental hygienists $62,430
17. Forensic science technicians $48,150
16. Pharmacy technicians $26,510
15. Physical therapist assistants $41,410
14. Gaming surveillance officers and gaming investigators $30,470
13. Social and human service assistants $27,200
12. Financial analysts $77,280
11. Skin care specialists $29,550
10. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors $35,950
9. Veterinarians $81,490
8. Medical assistants $26,290
7. Theatrical and performance makeup artists $36,730
6. Personal financial advisers $66,120
5. Veterinary technologists and technicians $27,750
4. Computer applications software engineers $82,000
3. Home health aides $20,100
2. Personal and home care aides $18,180
1. Network systems and data communications analyst $67,460
The biggest problem facing truck drivers today is finding the right company to drive for, who will deliver what they promise. Unfortunately, over the road driving needs to be looked at very diligently by new drivers before signing on with a carrier. The 128% turn over rate speaks for itself. Knowing what to look for, understanding how the trucking industry works and thinks and knowing what to expect out of a life in trucking, will help you make the right choice in a trucking career BEFORE you sign on the dotted line.
With the right information, you can make trucking work if that is your chosen path for a career. And, as the list shows, you can actually end up earning more than the person sitting in a cubicle office space munching on a salad.
About the Author:
Aubrey Allen Smith is the author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. By exposing the scams of the trucking industry, Allen has helped hundreds, if not thousands of new drivers make the right choices in choosing a truck driving career. For more information, please visit http://www.truthabouttrucking.com today.
Here is a video we found on You Tube which we believe will be helpful to all of you obtaining your CDL license. If you are in a truck driving school or learning on your own, this video will be a benefit to you. Combined with the Pre-trip Inspection Report Bonus you received with your e-book purchase, The Truth About Trucking, you WILL PASS the Pre-Trip Inspection.
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As an over the road truck driver, one has endless hours to spend just thinking. I don’t know about you, but I think about weird, sometimes complicated things. For instance, is a horse really a horse? Anyway, I would like to hear about what some of you think about when trucking across this country of ours. For now, I would like to share this piece of information as just one of the “things” I think about :
The Big Bang Theory……we all know the story : Approximately 15 billion years ago an enormous explosion started the expansion of the universe. What existed before this explosion is purely unknown. World re-known British theoretical physicist and mathematician, Stephen Hawking was once asked what existed before the explosion. His answer? He thought for a moment and simply answered, “Well, there was nothing.” Nothing?
Now I am in no way within the same category of intelligence when it comes to Stephen Hawking. My High School teachers will attest to this fact. In fact, science and math were my two worst subjects! But his answer got me to thinking. Before the universe “began,” there was “nothing.” Well, what is “nothing?” Nothing is defined as the lack or absence of anything at all. If I hand you a box and tell you that you can have what is in the box, and you open the box and it is empty, then there is “nothing” in the box. No existence of anything, only nothing. Now, could you take that “nothing” and make something out of it?
Simple, common sense tells me that something always comes from something else. You cannot take nothing and create something else from it. Stretch out your arm and open your hand. Now, I want you to take what is in your hand, (nothing), and make something from it. Can you? Of course not, because there is “nothing” in your hand. And, since something always comes from something else, how can you make anything?
Let’s look at something that is common in our lives. Let’s say…..glass. Did glass just appear out of nothing? Glass is derived from sand, soda ash and limestone. What about limestone? Limestone mostly consist of calcium carbonate. Did calcium carbonate come from nothing? No, calcium carbonate is a chemical combination of calcium, carbon and oxygen. OK, what about oxygen? Natural oxygen comes from a mixture of three isotopes : 16O, 17O, and 18O.
Something ALWAYS comes from something else.
What about human blood? Can it come from nothing? Human blood consists of the red blood cells, the white blood cells and the platelets all floating around in a fluid called plasma. Something ALWAYS comes from something else.
OK, what about air? The air that we breathe . . . does it come from nothing? Air comes from 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen with traces of carbon dioxide, argon, water vapor, and other various components. Something ALWAYS comes from something else.
Being in trucking most of my life, I thought about common petroleum-derived diesel. Maybe diesel comes from nothing? Wrong! This type of diesel comes from about 75% saturated hydrocarbons, mostly paraffins, and 25% aromatic hydrocarbons. What about these things called paraffins? Perhaps they come from nothing? Paraffins are chemical compounds that are made of only two elements : carbon and hydrogen. Something ALWAYS comes from something else.
According to Stephen Hawking, perhaps the most intelligent human being on our planet, in the beginning, there was nothing. But, in this case, the “nothing” is something. And, since something ALWAYS comes from something else . . . then where did the “nothing” come from? The “nothing” could not have just appeared from “nothing.” The “nothing” had to come from something else, because common sense AND science tell us that something ALWAYS comes from something else. If indeed there was “nothing” then “something” had to exist BEFORE the “nothing” in order for the “nothing” to have come into existence.
What existed BEFORE the “nothing?” Could it be some kind of “Creator?” But if something always comes from something else, then where did the Creator come from? The only explanation in my simple mind, is it would have to be something supernatural. Something far beyond our science, logic and common sense. A question that man can never comprehend or understand. It is simply beyond our reasoning.
Many supernatural phenomenons can be explained by science. Yet, there is still one that cannot be explained or understood : what existed before the “nothing?” Before there was a universe . . . before there was life . . . before there was space . . . before there was time . . . there was nothing. But, again, in this case . . . nothing is something. What existed before the “nothing” will never be answered by man or science. We are not meant to know or understand.
Something always comes from something else. What came before the “nothing” can only be something of supernatural existence.
Aubrey Allen Smith is the author of the first and original Truth About Trucking. His eBook has helped hundreds of new drivers understand the scams of the trucking industry. If you are considering a career in trucking, please visit http://www.truthabouttrucking.com today.
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Many of you have been writing me and voicing your opinions about specific trucking companies and trucking schools. Here is the place to write about them!
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