In Their Own Words

Like any other community today, truckers use countless online forums to swap stories and tricks of the trade, an updated version of yesteryear’s roadhouses. One of these sites, CDL Life, asked its community members to list the most important things potential new drivers should know before entering the industry. Here are a few of the best answers. After all, who better to tell you what life is like as a trucker than the drivers themselves?

“The actual driving is the “easy” part. It’s a lot more physical than most people think. Even pulling a box you’ll have to be able to get up and down out of the trailer, up in the motor, under the trailer, etc.

The mental issues of not being home very often can get to you at first. Your friends will change. It takes awhile to really start making money but it will come.

It’s a major lifestyle change for some. Carry yourself as a professional, because you are, and you’ll be treated like a professional. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it -- we all do. And remember to help your fellow driver out, as well.” - Brenda W.

“Enter this profession with an open mind and a constant willingness to learn. You learn something new every day. Never think you know it all, because that’s when the truck will come and bite you in the ass. Get a plug-in cooler or find a company with APU so you can have a refrigerator, because eating at truck stops is expensive(10-18 dollars per meal).” - Robert S.

“There’s more to it than holding a steering wheel and driving down the road, and you’d better like, love, and enjoy spending quality time alone with yourself.” - Karen J.

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