Truck Driving - An Introduction to Professional Trucking
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Truck Driving - An Introduction to Professional Trucking

What You Should Know Before You Go to Truck Driving School
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Created by L.D. Sewell
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1 Supplemental Resource
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What Will I Learn?
  • What a career as a professional truck driver actually entails, minimum qualifications necessary to get started, necessary skills and abilities, common mistakes and how to avoid them, common myths and misconceptions vs reality, professionalism and what it means, how to ask the right questions to the right people and filter the results realistically
  • The main objective of this course is to give the student enough information to help decide whether or not a career in trucking is something they wish to continue researching or whether to stop considering becoming a truck driver and to pursue other opportunities instead. Too many people spend thousands of dollars and months of time only to eventually figure out that trucking was the wrong choice for them from day one. Unfortunately they did not have the information in this course and had to find out the hard, expensive and painful way.
  • Make an Informed decision on whether to continue researching trucking as a career - or decide that its's not right for you at this time in your life.
  • If you are taking the course for other interests you will have a better idea of what entry level truck drivers face and must deal with when getting started in the trucking industry.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course - However there are many mandatory qualifications to become a professional truck driver in interstate commerce. You need to be over 21, have an acceptable driving record, and be able to pass both a medical exam for a DOT physical and a DOT pre employment drug test for starters and meet many other regulatory requirements as well as insurance company requirements and finally trucking company internal criteria as well - However ANYONE can take this course.
  • This is a basic overview course designed for people looking to better understand the realities of entry level truck driving.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in the possibility of becoming a professional truck driver or working with truck drivers in other positions within or outside of the transportation industry.
  • For Example: If you are thinking about going to truck driving school, are interested in owning a trucking related business and want a better understanding of what truck drivers deal with in their careers so you can better provide your products and services to them, say for example as a freight broker, or a truck accessory dealer (Chrome Shop etc.)
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
The Job and Lifestyle of Trucking
11 Lectures 55:01

Time Away From Home and Time At Home

Other Reasons Why People Quit and How to Avoid Them

How to Successfully Prepare For Your New Lifestyle

Driver Qualifications

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.

Preview 06:47

Initial Training Overview – Truck Driving School and Beyond

Selecting Interviewing and Applying to Your First Trucking Company

Trucking Company Road Training

Equipment Types and Considerations

Section 1 Summary
Training Completion and Running Solo
11 Lectures 53:02
Section 2 Overview

Career Planning and Long Term Goals

What to Expect During Truck Driving School

Road Training With Your First Company

Managing Your First Year After Training

Developing Good Driving and Personal Habits

Log Book Procedures and Trip Planning

Tactics to Develop Practical Skills Faster

How You Can Earn More As a Rolling Recruiter

Effective Communication Skills

Section 2 Summary – What We Covered…

General Knowledge of Entry Level Trucking 

Section 2 Quiz
1 question

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...

Section 2 Quiz
2 questions
Living Better On The Road
10 Lectures 36:44
Section 3 Overview

The Job and The Lifestyle of Trucking

Meal Planning – How to Save Money and Eat Better

Exercise Techniques That Actually Work On and Off The Road

Making Good use of your time

Sleeping Considerations

Stress Management and Recreation

Setting Up Your Truck for Maximum Productivity and Comfort

Section 3 Summary and Information Available to You in Course Resources

Self Quiz
Section 4 - Safety and Risk Management
9 Lectures 54:28
Section 4 Overview

Understanding the FMCSR’s

Additional Risks You Need to Know About

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. 


Broken Bodies and Destroyed Lives and What You Can Do Before It’s Too Late

The Dead Driver's Club - And What You Can Do to Avoid Becoming A Member

Know Your Rights, Responsibilities and Risks

Defensive Safe Driving Procedures and Considerations

Summary of This Course - Key Points and Where You Can Get Additional Information

Congratulations on Finishing This Course! Now It's Decision Time ...

Get some practice talking to recruiters and gathering information that you will need later in your decision making process. It is essential that you get the right information and to do that you need to ask the right questions and then document the information you get clearly without missing it up.
Call 3 Trucking Companies
1 question

Truck Driving is as much of a Lifestyle as it is a job. Failure to grasp that distinction is a serious mistake that helps end many new careers before they get started good. Knowing what to do then actually doing it makes all the difference...
Getting The Big Picture and Setting Specific Goals
5 questions
About the Instructor
L.D. Sewell
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Building Better Lives...

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

Driver Trainer

Third Party CDL Skills Examiner




Human Resource Director

Safety Director

Transportation Consultant


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 - working with and helping people who want to get ahead in life instead of just getting by, and that are willing to do the work to make it happen.

How can I help you?  

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