As summer comes to end, families across the country are gearing up for the return of school. Notebooks, pencils, class schedules, carpools — there’s quite a bit to organize before a new semester. At Commercial Truck Trader, we’ve decided to go back to school, too, and have put together this list of tidy reminders for both new truckers and those simply looking for a refresher course in the basics.
Maybe you recently passed CDL training and are looking for your first driving job. Perhaps you’ve been a trucker for a while now and are either looking to move on from your current company or have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whatever the case, it’s now time to click the “Submit Resume” button (or drop the letter in the postbox) and hope you get called for an interview.
With unemployment pushing competition for jobs to an all time high, you’ll want to write the perfect truck driver resume to help increase your chances of landing a job in transportation. A resume is your only chance to make a good first impression, and is an opportunity for you to sell yourself to the potential employer, helping them understand why they should hire you instead of anyone else. Continue reading “Writing the Perfect Truck Driver Resume”
Drivers across the nation have spine-tingling tales of the strange and supernatural, from creepy local folktales to terrifying personal experiences. In the spirit of the Halloween season, we’ve collected accounts from 9 of the most haunted roads in America. If you find yourself driving on any of these roads, beware!
It’s no secret that driving can be a lonely profession, with truckers often struggling to stay connected while on the job. Road transport is also tough work, requiring drivers to spend practically all day rumbling along in a relatively confined cab. Any chance, then, for truckers to settle in and make the interior of their vehicle a little more cozy is always a welcome opportunity, especially for those operating sleeper-cabs over long hauls. That’s why we’re breaking down 20 ways to feel at home in the cab: Continue reading “20 Ways to Feel at Home in the Cab”
In the 1800s, the steam locomotive and the Transcontinental Railroad revolutionized transportation. In the 1900s, the automobile and the Interstate Highway System was another game-changer. Now that we’re in the 2000s, our roads are overcrowded, in poor condition, chronically underfunded, and increasingly dangerous. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) only gives the U.S. grades of C+ for bridges, D for roads, and D- for transit – and if you drive for a living, those grades are likely not surprising. Continue reading “The Future of Road Travel”
Even if you are not a truck driver, you’ve likely been warned about using your cell phone – especially texting – while operating a vehicle. However, the dangers of driving while distracted take on even greater significance when the vehicle being operated is a bigger work truck or van, or an even more massive semi-truck. This is not news to commercial drivers, 93% of whom believe that reading a text while driving is a distraction. So how many truckers read and send texts?Continue reading “Texting Truckers: How Dangerous is Distracted Driving?”
Humble truckers may not often mention it, but the work they do can be very dangerous. It’s an unfortunate – but well-known – fact that thousands of people die every year in transportation accidents. In trucking, drivers are constantly faced with heavy traffic, distractions, stress, fatigue, and sleeping problems. As we look to solve issues in transportation, a changing world and innovations in technology can introduce new threats, and new solutions.Continue reading “New Recommendations for Trucking Safety from the NTSB”
“Daddy drives an eighteen-wheeler And they sure miss him when he’s gone Ah, but he calls them every night And he tells them that he loves them”
Alabama’s song, “Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)“, is one of the more famous trucking songs out there. Central to the song is what is foremost in the heart of almost every trucker: a connection to family. Being away from loved ones is a well-known theme of the trucking life; a stereotype that’s not accurate for every driver, but rooted in truth for many truckers on the road. Because it can be tough for those behind the wheel to stay connected to their friends and family, today we’re exploring why Staying Connected on the Road is important and what can we do about it!! Continue reading “Staying Connected On The Road”
Together, truckers like you move over 10.42 billion tons of freight each year. This requires dedication, focus, and skill, which you surely have in spades. However, hiring managers sometimes need help recognizing those valuable traits. To land more jobs — and the best jobs — you may have to make your qualifications more evident. You may have to build a personal brand. This isn’t being full of yourself; it’s simply providing potential employers with opportunities to get to know you. With solid marketing, employers may even come to you with job offers!! Of course, this isn’t easy when your job takes up so much of your time. To help, we’ve put together 5 fast and easy tips for building a personal trucker brand while you’re on-the-road!!Continue reading “On-The-Road Marketing: How Truckers Can Build A Brand”
How much do car drivers know about trucks? A truck driver knows it takes the length of a football field to bring a big rig that’s going 55mph to a full stop, but does the SUV driver chatting on a cell phone in the next lane understand that before he merges in front of that truck? Continue reading “Safely Sharing the Road with Trucks”