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Truth About Trucking- Your Opinions, Comments, and Testimonials

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 To all our very valued readers,  subscribers to our Newletter, and fellow truckers,Aubrey “Allen” Smith- TruthAboutTrucking

In response to all our daily e-mails, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU.

The blog and our website,  TruthAboutTrucking, is quickly becoming a source for information.

This is because of you. You have trusted us and responded positively by offering your input about our sites to others, and they too have eagerly joined our cause for The Truth within the Trucking Industry: Truck Driving Schools and Trucking Companies

For those of you have sent us testimonials via e-mail, we ask you to post them here, along with any opinions or ideas you would like to share in order to make the information we give even better.

Special thanks to “Larry”. Your words of encouragement in our e-mails and on YouTube are a blessing.

Looking forward to your comments, ideas, opinions, and testimonials

Important Note: Please be patient. There is a delay upon your posting to stop spammers.

© 2008, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: 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"

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24 Responses to Truth About Trucking- Your Opinions, Comments, and Testimonials. - Post a Comment

  1. sgray

    QUESTION: What will it take to form groups who push and push and push till relief comes in the form of rebates on fuel, firmed up prices and true miles?

    How many of you can keep DONATING your work and return part of your pay by accepting P.O. miles>

    Start forming protest groups, it’s the only solution.
    Going broke working 70 hrs a week is insane!

    COMPLAIN!!! DO SOMETHING!! GET TOGETHER!!!

  2. Earl Phillips

    Sir; Your ebook and website are my only source of truckung information, that is honest and simply explained.

  3. Larry Stafford

    I agree that we have to make it known that working people want opportunity and want reachable them. Its not fair that only the wealthy can afford to weather this economic storm. Lets change our policys on oil purchases and sales to the american people to allow ALL to benefit from the American dream or the rich are going to be paying my way for me cause I won’t be able to any more! Can’t afford IT!

  4. Rick Huffman

    I applaud the author of “The Truth About Trucking” for sharing his wisdom, and I would personally recommend it to anyone who is considering a trucking career. Most people who enter CDL schools do it with their eyes wide shut, and this book should be required reading for anyone before they make the investment of time and money into a trucking school.

    This book also contains valuable information on being an owner/operator. Many people who seek to become an O/O do so without educating themselves on the duties and responsibilities that go along with it. I have seen more than a few new O/O’s who have been desperately seeking to sell their truck after 6 months. This book will provide a valuable introduction as to what a new O/O is required to know in order to be successful.

    This book is a short volume packed with indispensable information for the newcomer. I wish that I had read a book like this when I entered CDL school 3 years ago. I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to know “The Truth about Trucking”.

  5. admin

    Thanks Earl & Rick for your kind comments.

    My main goal is getting this info out to all who need it, especially those “kids” just starting out & thinking about a career in OTR trucking. We’ve noticed several sites who are now copying ours, but maybe that is a testimonial in itself !? ……thanks again,

    Allen Smith

  6. Bill

    Very helpful in sorting through all the hype out there. The book clearly describes some of the games that are played and how to avoid making decisions based on bad information. It provides practical and specific suggestions. Thank you, Allen, for sharing your knowledge and experiences.

  7. Larry Stafford

    Larry Stafford wrote:
    Hi YA”LL, I just thought that I would comment on the email you had sent on fuel and ideas on your new book.I am tired of the fuel prices,have been for many
    years now. Allen, I really think you and your wife Donna are sincere about shedding light on the problems of our industry so I did want to add my opinion on what to include in your new book! Write about the need for all of us to start treating each other with alittle more respect, the non-union movements have caused alot of the splintering up of drivers(every one for themselves kinda thing.) I believe in individuality but we need each other in this. Everything I know today someone else taught me. I am not too original! I used to repect the truckers when I was growing up, lets try to act alittle more repectable out on the roads and be examples for others to see and appreciate. Honk the horn for kids&adults and wave to people. It matters. Like yourselves and your career! Appreciate the accomplishments of Drivers, Dispatchers,Office workers, Term.mgrs, Safety people alike. Everyone matters. Thanks for all you do. Larry&Joanne. PRLT.

  8. Steve Marshall

    Hi folks…

    Terrific ebook…I downloaded it last night at midnight and then was up until about 2AM reading it and following some of the links internet listed therein! You’ve provded a real service to potential truckers. Thanx as well for being so honest as to list several good (or at least the “best of the worst”???) firms to work for.

    Keep up the good work, and best wishes for your continued success in the trucking industry.

    Sincerely,

    Steve Marshall
    Warrenton, Virginia

  9. Sally

    This discussion is good for the newcomer yet a reminder to those who’ve been in the trucking industry a while. There are so many pitfalls within a job that should be pretty straight forward. After all, picking up a trailer at point A and taking it to point B should be a simple process. All the components in this process can be daunting so sharing seasoned experiences is a plus. I used to tell potential drivers (who asked me), “Stick to your program, realize the job is the toughest camping trip you’ll ever go on, and maintain the idea that the first year is like paid school.” I also gave talks about my own experiences to Truck School classes. One theme I liked very much was to point out that driving is the one job where pay is directly related to performance. Anybody who wants or needs a raise simply needs to take an extra load, bank it, and then after a few times of this go out and buy that big screen TV you want at home. This is still true yet it those miles seem a little longer these days, don’t they?

    However, having been all positive and everything, the pitfalls are devastating on the road. Getting sick in the middle of a trip, having something go wrong at home even worse, breaking down right after time off when you’re counting on that paycheck, a dispatcher that REALLY needs to get dunked in the swimming pool, and don’t get me started on the crap sold in the Truck Stops. Add to all this the fact that scammers see a dollar sign walking in the door and only take a name because it seems politically correct.

    I’ve believed for a very long time that the industry has so many men & women who, if they realized their own voting power, could literally make changes by combining forces to bring about these formidable big wigs who prey upon them. It starts with forums, products, and discussions such as these. With confidence comes banding together.

    I can’t wait.

  10. John Kennedy

    The truck driving jobs I see advertised are mostly from common carrier trucking companies. What about the individual companies who have company owned trucks. Wal-Mart is about the only company I see who run ads.

    I have not come across postings from individual company drivers. Are they forbidden to post? Or, are they just being treated better?

  11. Allen

    Anyone is allowed to post. If I understand the question right, you are asking why certain companies don’t post as much?

    Perhaps they retain their drivers longer. Could be a good sign.

  12. Bryan

    i’ve been a driver for several years and now I drive a local job with low pay and crappy trucks but all the same I like the job, my girlfriend is a medical assistant who hates her job and is considering getting a cdl to drive with me “teams”. I need some advice and your book but before I buy do you adress these kinds of things in your book? who should we drive for? Michigan area, what should we look for, for pay,

    can me and her drive together immediatly without 6 weeks of training since i have 3 yrs otr exp.?
    help please i’ve made bad choices already in otr compaines and i don’t want her and I to get bit again

  13. admin

    Hi Bryan,
    Many things are covered in the eBook……it would be up to the company you work for if they would allow her to drive without any experience and a recent CDL holder. More than likely, they would be OK with it since you are experienced and you would basically be her “trainer.” You would have to ask your potential employer about this for their prior approval, but my guess is they would allow it. She would probably only be able to drive during daytime hours……good luck

  14. Mark

    I wanted to get a CDL for driving my LARGE motorhome, 57,000 pounds and 79 feet long (with trailer). I did not need the full training but it was still difficult at first to figure out how to get the driving test taken. After reading Alans book, I was able to convince the DMV to let me take my test with MY rig, even though it was not a conventional “truck”

    Thanks

    Mark

  15. Rick

    I’m considering a career in trucking, I haven’t read this book yet, but will shortly. Funny I was considering PAM school and also Schneider National but in my readings it appears they may not be the best choices out there. Does anyone know of a good school in the New Jersey Area.

  16. Desiree

    As a female entering this unknown territory I am indebted to you for the information and bonus links. I appreciate the information you have provided. I love this job and wish I could have found your site before I spent the $6000.00 on a CDL MIll and was recruited by a company who kept me so poor I could not afford your program until now. Still, I remained optimistic with the free information your site provided that if I could find a better company eventually. Your site has kept me motivated to stick it out until I had some time to sit at a desktop and do some homework. My first stop on the internet was to buy your program and even though I’ve already done much of my first year the hard way, not to mention the total lack of professionalism by my company by their policy of “teaming” for six months with no regard to the dangers of picking some random guy to live with in a truck for six months you have only known for 10 minutes. If I can survive all that and armed with what I know now because of your site and people who are trying to make a difference, its all coming together now. I am pointed in the right direction. Thanks for you effort.

  17. David Everhart

    I am getting ready to start training with Prime Trucking outta Springfeild Missouri. Does anyone out there or on this site have anything to say about them. Good or bad Iwould like to hear. Thanks

  18. JMB

    I’m Trying to have a little confidence in the trucking industry and you folks that murmer and complain all the time, need to zip the lip .

  19. Gordon

    Very good Allen and co.,

    I am honored to be informed by your company. In the future, I owe some
    homage sir. My friend is going through a school which reminds me in
    some aspects of a ‘ diploma mill ‘. ( but good luck to that school ) He just wants to get anything
    under his belt and be able to obtain his CDL. But I’m taking one more
    step and before I get to a school, take the GK test, and road/ skills
    test, I’m doing my homework first. But it seems like no matter how
    much I gather about the industry, there’s always the fact that I have
    no exp and would by no other choice have to ride with a less than
    desirable co., at least for up to the first 3 months to 3 years…
    I’ve been reading reading reading though so… So once again thanks
    for this wealth of information you share ! I’m going to also order
    something from your site to see what you have. Hey I hope you have the
    best day.

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  21. Johnny

    How big a truck can you drive before you have to have a CDL? Been thinking of maybe a career move into trucking and I heard you don’t need one to drive a beer truck or something like that. Is that true, and do you think that would give me an idea of what it’s like to be a trucker before I go to school?

    • Allen Smith

      Here is a link to the FMCSA website answering your questions about licensing
      http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/cdl/cdl.htm

      Here is a portion of that page:
      Classes of License:

      The Federal standard requires States to issue a CDL to drivers according to the following license classifications:

      Class A — Any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.

      Class B — Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.

      Class C — Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73.

      Here is our website that will help you obtain the info you need to know concerning your questions about trucking life, schools, companies, etc…
      http://www.truthabouttrucking.com

      The blog also has much valuable information

  22. Johnny

    thanks for all the help, Allen – your a treasure of info. How long you been trucking?

    • Allen Smith

      In trucking, one way or another, 34 years! OTR a lot of those years.

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