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What are some tips for first time truckers on the road?


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Kimberly’s Answer

I have a close friend who has been a truck driver for over a decade. Other than offering the advice "dont do it"... he did offer up that there are a great deal more dangers out on the roads today with distracted drivers so truck drivers have to be ever vigilant and just expect the worst from people. You have to be 21 to get your CDL to cross state lines which you probably already know. He also mentioned there is an unusually large amount of foreign operators on the roads these days that he suggested should not be qualified for a CDL so now you have to watch out for other inexperienced truck drivers also cutting corners. In any case, if you are interested, I can hook you up with my friend to talk live about life on the road!


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Bonney’s Answer

Latrell,

Do you already have your Georgia CDL? Or are you considering a career in trucking? My Dad was a long-haul trucker for many years and I could pass along some tips about training, pitfalls, etc. I hope you are well! Make sure if you are signing a contract with any trucking company that is offering to pay for your training and license, that you aren't not committing to anything unreasonable in return. If you don't fulfill the terms of the contract, you can be on the hook for the full cost of training + VERY HIGH interest. Maybe sure you read all contracts very carefully and maybe have a friend or family member review it with you so you have a second set of eyes on anything that you are going to sign.

Good luck!

-Bonney

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I found this book really fascinating, written by a researcher who interviewed hundreds of career truckers: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Rig-Trucking-Decline-American-ebook-dp-B01DBJTETE/dp/B01DBJTETE/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=

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