Truck Driving - An Introduction to Professional Trucking

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Course Description

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 this course is for:

  • 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.)

Expected Outcomes

  1. 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. Requirements 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. Description 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 this course is for: 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.) Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 42 lectures • 3h 19m total length Expand all sections The Job and Lifestyle of Trucking 11 lectures • 55min Introduction to The Course and Section 1 Overview Preview 02:58 Realistic Pay Expectations Preview 05:01 Time Away From Home and Time At Home 04:26 Other Reasons Why People Quit and How to Avoid Them 03:52 How to Successfully Prepare For Your New Lifestyle 04:04 Driver Qualifications Preview 06:47 Initial Training Overview – Truck Driving School and Beyond 13:47 Selecting Interviewing and Applying to Your First Trucking Company 03:47 Trucking Company Road Training 04:28 Equipment Types and Considerations 02:26 Section 1 Summary 03:25 Training Completion and Running Solo 11 lectures • 53min Section 2 Overview 01:17 Career Planning and Long Term Goals 08:10 What to Expect During Truck Driving School 09:10 Road Training With Your First Company 03:30 Managing Your First Year After Training 04:29 Developing Good Driving and Personal Habits 02:39 Log Book Procedures and Trip Planning 05:24 Tactics to Develop Practical Skills Faster 04:10 How You Can Earn More As a Rolling Recruiter 06:27 Effective Communication Skills 06:21 Section 2 Summary – What We Covered… 01:25 Section 2 Quiz 1 question Section 2 Quiz 2 questions Living Better On The Road 10 lectures • 37min Section 3 Overview 02:02 The Job and The Lifestyle of Trucking 03:17 Meal Planning – How to Save Money and Eat Better 03:37 Exercise Techniques That Actually Work On and Off The Road 07:36 Making Good use of your time 02:52 Sleeping Considerations 03:05 Stress Management and Recreation 04:46 Setting Up Your Truck for Maximum Productivity and Comfort 07:45 Section 3 Summary and Information Available to You in Course Resources 00:41 Self Quiz 01:02 Section 4 - Safety and Risk Management 9 lectures • 54min Section 4 Overview 04:49 Understanding the FMCSR’s 11:02 Additional Risks You Need to Know About 02:54 Broken Bodies and Destroyed Lives and What You Can Do Before It’s Too Late 02:54 The Dead Driver's Club - And What You Can Do to Avoid Becoming A Member 19:43 Know Your Rights, Responsibilities and Risks 02:54 Defensive Safe Driving Procedures and Considerations 03:03 Summary of This Course - Key Points and Where You Can Get Additional Information 03:28 Congratulations on Finishing This Course! Now It's Decision Time ... 03:41 Call 3 Trucking Companies 1 question Getting The Big Picture and Setting Specific Goals 5 questions Bonus Lectures and Resources 1 lecture • 1min Bonus Lectures and Resources 00:10 Instructor L.D. Sewell Helping People Build Better Lives... 4.0 Instructor Rating 621 Reviews 5,284 Students 19 Courses Learn how you can improve your life in every area. Become more productive, produce more income, continuously improve your knowledge and skills, perform at a higher level and become more confident as you set and achieve goal after goal systematically. Entrepreneurship, business management, leadership, specialized 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 - and if you have never considered trucking take the time to look into what it offers before you just write it off. It might surprise you. When I started my own career 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 Instructor Dispatcher Recruiter Human Resource Director Safety Director Transportation Consultant Coach Author These experiences have helped me in countless ways to pursue many other entrepreneurial opportunities. 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. There is something that is a right fit for you. Finding the right work or 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 that will help you achieve your own goals. Life is far too precious and too short to waste working in businesses, 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 then just do it! Today every lesson I have ever learned from all my personal experiences and studies, including those I continue to learn, I now teach in my courses and workshops as well as through my books, manuals and other publications. Life is all about choices and you do have choices. That is my passion in life - working with and helping people who want to get ahead in life instead of just getting by to find their own courses in life, and to help those willing to do the work to make it happen. Now, how can I help you... Choose Your Own Course, Build A Better Life... 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  2. 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. Requirements 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. Description 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 this course is for: 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.) Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 42 lectures • 3h 19m total length Expand all sections The Job and Lifestyle of Trucking 11 lectures • 55min Introduction to The Course and Section 1 Overview Preview 02:58 Realistic Pay Expectations Preview 05:01 Time Away From Home and Time At Home 04:26 Other Reasons Why People Quit and How to Avoid Them 03:52 How to Successfully Prepare For Your New Lifestyle 04:04 Driver Qualifications Preview 06:47 Initial Training Overview – Truck Driving School and Beyond 13:47 Selecting Interviewing and Applying to Your First Trucking Company 03:47 Trucking Company Road Training 04:28 Equipment Types and Considerations 02:26 Section 1 Summary 03:25 Training Completion and Running Solo 11 lectures • 53min Section 2 Overview 01:17 Career Planning and Long Term Goals 08:10 What to Expect During Truck Driving School 09:10 Road Training With Your First Company 03:30 Managing Your First Year After Training 04:29 Developing Good Driving and Personal Habits 02:39 Log Book Procedures and Trip Planning 05:24 Tactics to Develop Practical Skills Faster 04:10 How You Can Earn More As a Rolling Recruiter 06:27 Effective Communication Skills 06:21 Section 2 Summary – What We Covered… 01:25 Section 2 Quiz 1 question Section 2 Quiz 2 questions Living Better On The Road 10 lectures • 37min Section 3 Overview 02:02 The Job and The Lifestyle of Trucking 03:17 Meal Planning – How to Save Money and Eat Better 03:37 Exercise Techniques That Actually Work On and Off The Road 07:36 Making Good use of your time 02:52 Sleeping Considerations 03:05 Stress Management and Recreation 04:46 Setting Up Your Truck for Maximum Productivity and Comfort 07:45 Section 3 Summary and Information Available to You in Course Resources 00:41 Self Quiz 01:02 Section 4 - Safety and Risk Management 9 lectures • 54min Section 4 Overview 04:49 Understanding the FMCSR’s 11:02 Additional Risks You Need to Know About 02:54 Broken Bodies and Destroyed Lives and What You Can Do Before It’s Too Late 02:54 The Dead Driver's Club - And What You Can Do to Avoid Becoming A Member 19:43 Know Your Rights, Responsibilities and Risks 02:54 Defensive Safe Driving Procedures and Considerations 03:03 Summary of This Course - Key Points and Where You Can Get Additional Information 03:28 Congratulations on Finishing This Course! Now It's Decision Time ... 03:41 Call 3 Trucking Companies 1 question Getting The Big Picture and Setting Specific Goals 5 questions Bonus Lectures and Resources 1 lecture • 1min Bonus Lectures and Resources 00:10 Instructor L.D. Sewell Helping People Build Better Lives... 4.0 Instructor Rating 621 Reviews 5,284 Students 19 Courses Learn how you can improve your life in every area. Become more productive, produce more income, continuously improve your knowledge and skills, perform at a higher level and become more confident as you set and achieve goal after goal systematically. Entrepreneurship, business management, leadership, specialized 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 - and if you have never considered trucking take the time to look into what it offers before you just write it off. It might surprise you. When I started my own career 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 Instructor Dispatcher Recruiter Human Resource Director Safety Director Transportation Consultant Coach Author These experiences have helped me in countless ways to pursue many other entrepreneurial opportunities. 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. There is something that is a right fit for you. Finding the right work or 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 that will help you achieve your own goals. Life is far too precious and too short to waste working in businesses, 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 then just do it! Today every lesson I have ever learned from all my personal experiences and studies, including those I continue to learn, I now teach in my courses and workshops as well as through my books, manuals and other publications. Life is all about choices and you do have choices. That is my passion in life - working with and helping people who want to get ahead in life instead of just getting by to find their own courses in life, and to help those willing to do the work to make it happen. Now, how can I help you... Choose Your Own Course, Build A Better Life... 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  3. 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. Requirements 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. Description 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 this course is for: 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.) Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 42 lectures • 3h 19m total length Expand all sections The Job and Lifestyle of Trucking 11 lectures • 55min Introduction to The Course and Section 1 Overview Preview 02:58 Realistic Pay Expectations Preview 05:01 Time Away From Home and Time At Home 04:26 Other Reasons Why People Quit and How to Avoid Them 03:52 How to Successfully Prepare For Your New Lifestyle 04:04 Driver Qualifications Preview 06:47 Initial Training Overview – Truck Driving School and Beyond 13:47 Selecting Interviewing and Applying to Your First Trucking Company 03:47 Trucking Company Road Training 04:28 Equipment Types and Considerations 02:26 Section 1 Summary 03:25 Training Completion and Running Solo 11 lectures • 53min Section 2 Overview 01:17 Career Planning and Long Term Goals 08:10 What to Expect During Truck Driving School 09:10 Road Training With Your First Company 03:30 Managing Your First Year After Training 04:29 Developing Good Driving and Personal Habits 02:39 Log Book Procedures and Trip Planning 05:24 Tactics to Develop Practical Skills Faster 04:10 How You Can Earn More As a Rolling Recruiter 06:27 Effective Communication Skills 06:21 Section 2 Summary – What We Covered… 01:25 Section 2 Quiz 1 question Section 2 Quiz 2 questions Living Better On The Road 10 lectures • 37min Section 3 Overview 02:02 The Job and The Lifestyle of Trucking 03:17 Meal Planning – How to Save Money and Eat Better 03:37 Exercise Techniques That Actually Work On and Off The Road 07:36 Making Good use of your time 02:52 Sleeping Considerations 03:05 Stress Management and Recreation 04:46 Setting Up Your Truck for Maximum Productivity and Comfort 07:45 Section 3 Summary and Information Available to You in Course Resources 00:41 Self Quiz 01:02 Section 4 - Safety and Risk Management 9 lectures • 54min Section 4 Overview 04:49 Understanding the FMCSR’s 11:02 Additional Risks You Need to Know About 02:54 Broken Bodies and Destroyed Lives and What You Can Do Before It’s Too Late 02:54 The Dead Driver's Club - And What You Can Do to Avoid Becoming A Member 19:43 Know Your Rights, Responsibilities and Risks 02:54 Defensive Safe Driving Procedures and Considerations 03:03 Summary of This Course - Key Points and Where You Can Get Additional Information 03:28 Congratulations on Finishing This Course! Now It's Decision Time ... 03:41 Call 3 Trucking Companies 1 question Getting The Big Picture and Setting Specific Goals 5 questions Bonus Lectures and Resources 1 lecture • 1min Bonus Lectures and Resources 00:10 Instructor L.D. Sewell Helping People Build Better Lives... 4.0 Instructor Rating 621 Reviews 5,284 Students 19 Courses Learn how you can improve your life in every area. Become more productive, produce more income, continuously improve your knowledge and skills, perform at a higher level and become more confident as you set and achieve goal after goal systematically. Entrepreneurship, business management, leadership, specialized 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 - and if you have never considered trucking take the time to look into what it offers before you just write it off. It might surprise you. When I started my own career 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 Instructor Dispatcher Recruiter Human Resource Director Safety Director Transportation Consultant Coach Author These experiences have helped me in countless ways to pursue many other entrepreneurial opportunities. 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. There is something that is a right fit for you. Finding the right work or 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 that will help you achieve your own goals. Life is far too precious and too short to waste working in businesses, 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 then just do it! Today every lesson I have ever learned from all my personal experiences and studies, including those I continue to learn, I now teach in my courses and workshops as well as through my books, manuals and other publications. Life is all about choices and you do have choices. That is my passion in life - working with and helping people who want to get ahead in life instead of just getting by to find their own courses in life, and to help those willing to do the work to make it happen. Now, how can I help you... Choose Your Own Course, Build A Better Life... 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  4. 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. Requirements 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. Description 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 this course is for: 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.) Show more Show less Course content 5 sections • 42 lectures • 3h 19m total length Expand all sections The Job and Lifestyle of Trucking 11 lectures • 55min Introduction to The Course and Section 1 Overview Preview 02:58 Realistic Pay Expectations Preview 05:01 Time Away From Home and Time At Home 04:26 Other Reasons Why People Quit and How to Avoid Them 03:52 How to Successfully Prepare For Your New Lifestyle 04:04 Driver Qualifications Preview 06:47 Initial Training Overview – Truck Driving School and Beyond 13:47 Selecting Interviewing and Applying to Your First Trucking Company 03:47 Trucking Company Road Training 04:28 Equipment Types and Considerations 02:26 Section 1 Summary 03:25 Training Completion and Running Solo 11 lectures • 53min Section 2 Overview 01:17 Career Planning and Long Term Goals 08:10 What to Expect During Truck Driving School 09:10 Road Training With Your First Company 03:30 Managing Your First Year After Training 04:29 Developing Good Driving and Personal Habits 02:39 Log Book Procedures and Trip Planning 05:24 Tactics to Develop Practical Skills Faster 04:10 How You Can Earn More As a Rolling Recruiter 06:27 Effective Communication Skills 06:21 Section 2 Summary – What We Covered… 01:25 Section 2 Quiz 1 question Section 2 Quiz 2 questions Living Better On The Road 10 lectures • 37min Section 3 Overview 02:02 The Job and The Lifestyle of Trucking 03:17 Meal Planning – How to Save Money and Eat Better 03:37 Exercise Techniques That Actually Work On and Off The Road 07:36 Making Good use of your time 02:52 Sleeping Considerations 03:05 Stress Management and Recreation 04:46 Setting Up Your Truck for Maximum Productivity and Comfort 07:45 Section 3 Summary and Information Available to You in Course Resources 00:41 Self Quiz 01:02 Section 4 - Safety and Risk Management 9 lectures • 54min Section 4 Overview 04:49 Understanding the FMCSR’s 11:02 Additional Risks You Need to Know About 02:54 Broken Bodies and Destroyed Lives and What You Can Do Before It’s Too Late 02:54 The Dead Driver's Club - And What You Can Do to Avoid Becoming A Member 19:43 Know Your Rights, Responsibilities and Risks 02:54 Defensive Safe Driving Procedures and Considerations 03:03 Summary of This Course - Key Points and Where You Can Get Additional Information 03:28 Congratulations on Finishing This Course! Now It's Decision Time ... 03:41 Call 3 Trucking Companies 1 question Getting The Big Picture and Setting Specific Goals 5 questions Bonus Lectures and Resources 1 lecture • 1min Bonus Lectures and Resources 00:10 Instructor L.D. Sewell Helping People Build Better Lives... 4.0 Instructor Rating 621 Reviews 5,284 Students 19 Courses Learn how you can improve your life in every area. Become more productive, produce more income, continuously improve your knowledge and skills, perform at a higher level and become more confident as you set and achieve goal after goal systematically. Entrepreneurship, business management, leadership, specialized 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 - and if you have never considered trucking take the time to look into what it offers before you just write it off. It might surprise you. When I started my own career 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 Instructor Dispatcher Recruiter Human Resource Director Safety Director Transportation Consultant Coach Author These experiences have helped me in countless ways to pursue many other entrepreneurial opportunities. 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. There is something that is a right fit for you. Finding the right work or 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 that will help you achieve your own goals. Life is far too precious and too short to waste working in businesses, 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 then just do it! Today every lesson I have ever learned from all my personal experiences and studies, including those I continue to learn, I now teach in my courses and workshops as well as through my books, manuals and other publications. Life is all about choices and you do have choices. That is my passion in life - working with and helping people who want to get ahead in life instead of just getting by to find their own courses in life, and to help those willing to do the work to make it happen. Now, how can I help you... Choose Your Own Course, Build A Better Life... 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