Every year thousands of hopeful people enter the trucking industry excited to start their new careers as truck drivers. Every years thousands of broken disillusioned and angry people also leave the industry within their first few months.
Some barely make it even a few weeks!
This course is designed to give you a good idea of what to expect as a new entry level truck driver.
It is a no nonsense serious look at why so many people repeatedly fail in trucking so quickly - why this happens again and again - and more importantly what you can do to make sure it doesn't happen to YOU!
The hard cold truth is that very few of the people just starting out in trucking have anywhere near enough accurate, realistic and pertinent information to understand what it really is that they are about to get themselves into.
Neither do most family members or others who will also be affected in many different ways too by their loved one choosing a career in trucking. Everyone that is going to be affected needs to have an accurate expectation of what is coming and be prepared to deal with it properly as it happens.
This course is designed to help you do just that.
If you complete this course you will have a very good understanding of what a career in trucking is and what it is not. That way whatever you decide - you will be making an informed decision with eyes wide open.
If you complete this course you will be better prepared to begin a career as a professional truck driver if you decide that is the right path for you.
You will know how to continue your research and where to get the rest of the information you need to make important decisions that will help you begin to build a successful career in trucking and a better life for yourself and those you care most about.
There are many limitations and specifications on requirements that limit who can qualify for a CDL and drive in interstate commerce.
The best place to get this information is directly from the source itself - the FMCSR's or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations - which is where you will find the individual requirements and interpretive guidelines as well.
Before you invest too much time and money toward getting a CDL and becoming a truck driver it would be a very good idea to carefully read and study these regulations and be sure you meet all requirements.
In years gone by I have met several drivers who somehow got into and graduated from truck driving schools (and had the debt to prove it) but who were not employable because they did not meet requirements.
One that comes to mind was an insulin dependent diabetic.
Another was a 20 year old a few months shy of his 21st birthday. For interstate commerce you must be 21 or older - NOT ALMOST 21 - in his case its was a minor irritation and he just had to wait a few months and do a refresher class at his school.
In the case of the diabetic - he was unable to start his new career and it was a devastating blow to his plans, not to mention a massive expense.
These are just two examples - there are may other potential issues.
Please read carefully through the regulations and be sure you meet all minimum requirements. If you have any doubts discuss your concerns with the doctor you select to do your DOT physical and with the truck driving school you are thinking of attending, and with any motor carrier you are looking at applying to as well.
Finally - if you still don't have the answer you need ask the FMCSA directly for clarification.
General Knowledge of Entry Level Trucking
Information and understanding what trucking is and what it isn't will help you make the decision to proceed or change course and find another career if trucking isn't the right career for you.
If it is the right path for you then having the right information will help you be able to have a much better start to your new career than most - and become more successful faster than otherwise possible!
Lets see what you have learned so far...
WARNING! This lecture and the following lecture may be upsetting to you. WARNING!
I am going to tell you about real events where people have been killed - and other events where people have been seriously injured and where property was destroyed or damaged. I have changed the names and locations and enough details to protect the innocent and the guilty involved - however these are all real life tragedies.
IF YOU EVEN THINK YOU MAY BE UPSET THEN SKIP This Lecture and also SKIP THE FOLLOWING LECTURE - The Dead Drivers Club !
Business management, leadership, tactics and systems have been a major interest and focus of mine my entire adult life and remain so to this day. I have been a lifelong student of personal development and productivity improvement systems, which I have utilized in every position I have ever held. Over the years I have held a variety of positions in several businesses and as an entrepreneur I have started, owned and operated several companies of my own along the way too.
Every experience has taught me numerous lessons. Many of these lessons have been not only highly beneficial but also enjoyable - others were learned the hard and painful way, and while they certainly weren't any fun they were still very valuable learning experiences.
I have owned or co owned a number of micro and small businesses including wood crafting, medical claims processing, commercial cleaning, transportation consulting, independent recruiting, real estate investing, and soap and candle making companies.
Many years ago I started my own career in trucking - just as you may be considering doing now. I set out with the intention of making trucking my primary profession and I wanted to learn everything I possibly could about the business of trucking.
What an interesting journey it has been over the last couple of decades and continues to be even now. Over the course of my years in trucking I have held many different positions including;
Professional Truck Driver
Third Party CDL Skills Examiner
Human Resource Director
As a result of all these experiences and from working with all kinds of people and with hundreds of drivers over many years, I am able to provide you with a unique, complete and multidimensional personal account of exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and for those interested - exactly what it takes to become a professional truck driver, and trucking business owner.
While trucking is a fascinating business that offers many opportunities to you - it will demand much from you in return - and It is NOT the right business for everyone.
Finding the right business for you is the key.
Once you know what that is you can then start focusing your efforts on learning the skills and specialized information needed to shorten your learning curve, produce better results faster and help you achieve your own goals.
Life is far to precious and to short to waste working in careers and at jobs you don't like - so find something you do like - that is also profitable - then learn how to get started and just do it!
Today every lesson I have ever learned from all my personal experiences and studies I now teach in my courses and workshops as well as through my books, manuals and other publications.
That is my passion in life - helping people who want help get the information they need to build better lives...
How can I help you?