Trucking Job Opportunities

Truck driver jobs are just as accessible as other jobs. If you have an interest in driving immense vehicles, you might be interested in trucking jobs. There are many different kinds of trucking jobs. How do you know which one is right for you?

What are you interested in?

Begin by determining what trucking category you like. This is necessary before beginning with your search for a new job.  Some of the categories  include auto haulers, boat haulers, interstate, local drivers, bus drivers, tanker drivers, and flatbed trucker among others. By identifying the categories you are most interested in, you will manage to limit the search for your job.

Who do you want to work for?

Many of the largest trucking companies are setting a new standard for driver opportunities for new and experienced truck drivers. These companies continue to offer truck drivers a career path that provides competitive salaries, flexible work schedules, great benefits, and the opportunity to see the country.

Do you have job security?

Thousands of job opportunities each year are expected to emerge in the trucking industry. The numerous requests are because of the dependency of other industries in the services of trucking. Various areas such as construction, retailing, etc. depend on the efficient transportation of assets and products, something that may only be given by the trucking industry. The numerous requests for the transport of assets and products add up to the need for truck drivers.

What’s the first step to starting your new career?

The first thing you require for a trucking job is a CDL (Commercial Driving License). Once you have completed your training with a driving school, you can apply for this license. You will have to undergo an exam to get your CDL. It is important to get initial experience from a good company for further growth prospects. Don’t be too choosy in your first trucking job. Once you get a start, it will be easier to find other better jobs.

Many individuals are interested in pursuing a driving career in the trucking industry because trucking jobs allow drivers to have the freedom and flexibility of working for yourself while still receiving the great pay and benefits from a major corporation. For die-hard truckers, no other career can compare to life on the open road.

The trucking industry is so important that an economy stops working without its functions. It performs an essential function in the efficient transportation of assets and services to diverse regions. It is as well significant to balance resources and aid communities particularly the far ones to obtain the goods that they want.

As an outcome for the popularity of the jobs in the trucking business, there has been a growth in the number of students who desire to enlist in truck driving schools. Truck driving schools are recognized as a stepping-stone to having a profession in the trucking industry.

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DO NEW TRUCK DRIVERS NEED MORE BEHIND-THE-WHEEL TRAINING?

If you think that new truck drivers need more hands-on training and more hours behind the wheel, you’re not alone.

An Overdrive magazine poll shows that most of the magazine’s readers share that sentiment, believing that entry-level driver training should include a significant number of hours behind the wheel. Overdrive Editorial Director Max Heine wrote about the poll in an opinion piece.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and industry stakeholders in a negotiated rule making committee originally set that at 30. But the agency has since withdrawn that requirement from the final training rule. Instead, trainers are supposed to assess the trainee’s performance to see if it’s adequate.

One of two main objections to the 30-hour minimum is that no data clearly ties accidents to lack of behind-the-wheel training. Studies are under way that might provide that data, but in the meantime, why not opt on the side of caution? If studies later prove there is no correlation, revisit the rule.

Heine compared the disparity to a student who skips many classes, then performs well on tests after cramming for them. He asserts:

“But his level of mastery won’t compare to that of the student who’s attended all classes and done all the homework and reading. Mastery of driving a heavy-duty truck, like mastering most things in life, requires baptism by immersion, not sprinkling.”

The article cites a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that shows people aged 19 to 24 are more likely than other drivers to text while driving and are less likely to support restrictions on distracted driving.

Heine asserts that more hours behind the wheel could enlighten new drivers on what it takes to drive a truck safely.

Read Heine’s full story here.

What do you think, drivers? Do people new to CDL driver jobs need more hours behind the wheel before their training is through? Join our community here and share your thoughts.

Why CDL Training at the Commercial Vehicle Training Center is different.

After working in the CDL Training industry for several years the owners at Commercial Vehicle Training Center knew that CDL Training was still in the dark ages. Most CDL Schools start every Monday or every other Monday, you must go Monday through Saturday and if you miss a few days they kick you out. That’s why Commercial Vehicle Training Center has open CDL Training enrollment, you tell us when you want to start and you tell us when you would like to train. Commercial Vehicle Training center understands that you have a life and you shouldn’t have to change your lifestyle or take vacation (that you need to relax) to go to truck driving school to get your CDL. We want you to get your CDL, because we know there are tons of jobs for CDL Drivers either Over the Road or CDL Local positions.

The other differences between the other CDL Training Schools and Commercial Vehicle Training Center is were not Old School, our CDL Instructors are courteous and respect the fact that you are learning something completely new, it’s a Big CDL Truck and can be intimidating. There is no yelling or swearing, we show compassion and care. If you need some extra CDL training you get it.

We built our CDL business around you. There is NO discrimination, we understand America is built on dreams and it’s our job to get you there no matter where you came from. We have bilingual CDL Instructors to help.

The Commercial Vehicle Training Center is minutes from Denver in Watkins. Wide open spaces and tons of room to learn all aspects of CDL driving. So, if you need a CDL Class A License or a CDL Class B License we can help. Come check out our CDL School, you will like what you see.

The Never-Ending Truck Driver Shortage Story

In 2015, American Trucking Associations estimated that for-hire trucking companies had nearly 50,000 fewer drivers than they needed, the shortage was less severe in 2016, but the trade group expects it to worsen in coming years reported the Wall Street Journal.

When it comes to the state of what really feels like the never-ending truck driver shortage, everything is really out there for all to see as plain as day.

We talk and read and hear about how about the projected shortfalls in the difference between the actual number of drivers out there and what is actually needed.

And we talk about other things, too, like the aging truck driver workforce, potential drivers not wanting to be away from home for long stretches and, of course, the millennial effect, in which they would rather be doing something “cooler” than driving a truck for a living.

So, rather than seeing things improve or changing for the better on that front, the really consistent themes are the ones mentioned above unfortunately.

Why? Because the numbers don’t seem to be materially changing, even if the national employment outlook appears to be brightening.

While these statistics, which were issued by the ATA in January from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), are somewhat dated, the trends remain the same:

  • turnover rate at large truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue saw a 2 percent decline to 81 percent in the third quarter for its lowest level going back to the second quarter of 2011;
  • this marked the third decline in 2016, with the large truckload fleet turnover rate in the first quarter seeing a 13 percent decrease to 89 percent and the second quarter off 6 percent at 83 percent

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello cited various reasons for the lower turnover percentage on the truckload side, with a forward-looking approach to what may be in store for 2017.

  • “Since the end of the third quarter (2016), we have seen signs that we may be reaching the end of the poor inventory cycle that has driven a lot of the weakness in the freight economy, so we may see turnover rates rebound in the months to come. Despite the falling turnover rate, carriers continue to report difficulty finding well-qualified drivers, a problem that will not only persist, but which will get worse as the freight economy improves.”

 Now is the time to get your CDL! Contact us today to get more information!

Your APU Weight Exemption Guide

Auxiliary Power Units (often referred to as APU’s) are used by truckers to limit fuel use, since they eliminate the need to run their trucks engines on idle while parked. But seeing as they usually weigh a few hundred pounds, they may be a problem for drivers who routinely carry close to the maximum weight limits. With the president’s latest expansion of the MAP-21 bill dealing with state-by-state APU regulations, this may be confusing to drivers who cross state lines on a steady basis.

This table, put together by Track Your Truck, can aware drivers how much APU weight is exempt in each state.

Check it out: Trackyour truck