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Kick The New Year Off Right, Truck Driver

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Now is the time to think about what you want to do with your career in the coming year. December is often a time of reflection for many people. Truck drivers are no different. Think about this past year and what you want out of the coming year.

If you are thinking about becoming a truck driver, there is no time better than now.

Truck drivers are in high demand and are paid very well. If you have specific skills related to the truck driving profession, then you’ll earn top dollar. These include the ability to load and unload cargo, the freedom to work long haul, and the skills necessary to perform specialized truck driving services such as carrying hazardous materials and running dual trailers. If you own your own rig, you can make big bucks there too.

The question every truck driver must answer – beginner and veteran alike – is this: What do I want for the future?

Answer that question professionally and personally and you’ll be able to chart your course to the next career progression. If you haven’t started your truck driving career yet, you can start right now. Enroll in a truck driving course at the beginning of the year. Then you’ll be poised to have a great profession the rest of your life.

Earn Your Class A License

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

As Baby Boomers begin to retire, more and more truck driving jobs will become available. When they do, that opens the door for more people to step into these jobs. In order to obtain a truck driving job, however, you have to be trained and qualified. You have to have a Class A CDL license.

It’s not hard to get one either.

On the whole, heavy equipment operators who have a Class A license enjoy a higher income than other operators. Class A drivers are some of the highest paid workers on the job site because they know how to operate more vehicles.

Even if you don’t plan on a career in heavy construction, you can still earn top dollar as a long haul truck driver. And if you own your rig, then you can charge more still.

Some truck drivers have been known to earn six figure incomes just by hiring themselves out as long haul truck drivers. And if you carry the right freight (i.e. hazardous materials), then you make even more. All it takes is the right training, the right mindset, and the right financial and career strategies to put you in the position of being a top earner.

If you are ready to start your truck driving career, start it today with training that will lead to your obtaining a Class A drivers license.

Which Is The Easiest Truck To Drive?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

What’s the hardest truck to drive? Long distance semi-trailer drivers spend long hours behind the wheel whilst a local dump truck drivers could be getting in and out of the cab a dozen or more times a day. Are bigger trucks, then, technically harder to drive? Again, there is not a simple answer to this question. In most cases, a larger truck does involve more skills, however, don’t elect for a small truck because it sounds easier – some smaller trucks are technically harder to drive.

Like all professions, each type of truck has its own idiosyncrasies and levels of difficulty. There are some trucks that have large gear boxes – sometimes as many as 16 gears. There are other trucks that have nothing more than a straight-forward gearbox and drive more like a large van. Each type of truck has its own skill requirements, so it’s almost impossible to state that one truck is more difficult to drive than another.

Trucks carry different types of loads. For example, tankers, which generally carry liquids, require special skills to handle the movement of that liquid in the tanker. Flat bed trailers are often used to transport heavy equipment, and most drivers are expected to load and unload that heavy equipment – a different set of skills altogether. Drivers who transport large loads need to be aware of low bridges whilst those that transport wider loads may require special escorts to clear the way ahead. They often drive late at night to avoid heavy traffic.

When undertaking truck driver training, you need to select a school that can prepare you for the type of truck you intend driving. In most cases, you are expected to undertake your practical driving test (for your commercial drivers license) in a vehicle similar to that you intend driving. There are many skills that are common to all trucks, and the road rules and regulations are very similar for each truck type. You select your career path then undertake truck driver training to suit that career path.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Successful Long Distance Truck Driver?

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Long distance truck driving can be tough. You’re away from home for days, sometimes weeks at a time. This is changing as employers recognize the need for family life, more so since government regulations have limited the number of hours a truck driver can be behind the wheel each week. Whilst truck driving can be a tough life, it can certainly be an interesting and rewarding life.

Smart truck drivers plan their career. They work the long distance routes when they are young, earning the big dollars wherever possible, in order to buy their first home and to set themselves up for family life. Many of these drivers then seek regular local work that has them home each night to enjoy their family life. I say “many” since quite a few drivers find themselves really enjoying life as a long distance trucker.

What does it take to be a long distance truck driver? That’s a tough question since every person is different, and it’s hard to quantify the traits required. Truck driving is truck driving – long distance truck drivers spend hours on the road, in a cab, on their own. But then, so too do local drivers, it’s just the hours aren’t quite as long. Long distance and local truck drivers both require CDL’s, road sense, and an ability to work to a tight schedule.

Home time is the big difference. Can you survive in a job that takes you away from home for long periods? Truck driving is not the only career that has this requirement. The military, mining, oil platforms and the sea all have similar effects on home life. If you’re young, carefree (or just carefree), then life as a long distance truck driver could be perfect for you.

See The Nation With A Truck Driving Career

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

One of the attractions of truck driving for those who are single and free to roam is that they can get paid for doing just that. There are not that many jobs that pay you to see the nation. That’s the potential of truck driving, especially those who can handle long distance truck driving. If you don’t have a set central base, you can effectively take loads that enable you to see everywhere.

Coast-to-coast truck driving is the norm for many as is south to north, including into Canada (or reverse, north to south and into Mexico). Truck driving is also a little like the hospitality industry – drivers follow the work, often jumping from state to state to look for new challenges. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of work for local drivers. There is. However, the shortage of good truck drivers means that businesses are often recruiting from outside the local area – more so for remote areas.

Whether you are looking for local work as a truck driver, intrastate work or long distance work, truck driving has opportunities everywhere. The training is almost the same for all drivers and it includes the acquisition of a commercial drivers license.

If you’re single and free to see the country, consider truck driving. You can start by driving long distance, earning good money, and perhaps even saying heaps. Once you are ready to settle down, you can take a closer look at local or near local driver job opportunities. We can help you gain your commercial drivers license, and we can work with you to gain that first job. If you want to see the nation (and perhaps even the world), then consider truck driving as a career. Your skills and license will be recognized right around the country.

Specialized Truck Driving Job Vacancies On The Increase

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Major transport companies have, in recent years, started to push into areas that were once the domain of small owner operators. The oil fields and associated mining were once happy hunting grounds for these small owner operators because of the specialized nature of their work. Sand tankers are a good example – a few owner operators were able to service the needs of most areas and make a good living.

Today, those small operators are being overrun by big transport companies, and it’s all related to economies of scale. Large transport companies can buy in 100 or 200 trucks, gaining huge discounts because of the size of the order. Those trucks can then be distributed to wherever the need is greatest, then re-distributed when required. Of course, with 100/200 trucks in operation, that suddenly increases demand for drivers, and flow-on effect can be felt in the industry across the nation.

The end result is a general shortage of truck drivers, and in some areas, a chronic shortage of specialized truck drivers. On the weekend we saw a job vacancy listing from Schneider. They are looking for experienced sand tanker drivers in Odessa, TX, and drivers are looking at pay rates of $65,000+. Schneider are not alone when it comes to specialized drivers – a closer look will demonstrate a shortage of drivers everywhere.

You can’t expect to start life as a truck driver in a $65,000+ specialized job. However, it doesn’t take a lot of experience to be snapped up by large companies, especially if you work hard at establishing a reputation for being a good driver who always arrives on time without incident. It all starts with a commitment from you, and good quality truck driver training. We can deliver the training, are you committed to completing your training and building a solid reputation as a truck driver? If so, contact us, the industry needs you!

ATS & Truck Driver Training

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Associated Training Services has been very successful in the training of students in different areas of study for years. Students can train to be a heavy equipment operator or even a truck driver. Obtaining a CDL in order to become a driver is something that can happen along with the training on safety.
The training program for truck driving at ATS is huge and has a lot of history. This course can take just 2 or 4 weeks to complete. It is a great course to consider because you end up working in no time. There is such a demand for good and qualified truck drivers that graduates have no problems getting a job.
.At ATS, we instruct students with the help of the machines. Hands on learning is the best way to help operators learn about all of the machines and so on. This goes for the same with the truck driver. Students are encouraged to get right into the driver’s seat and get familiar right away.
The truck driving industry is one of the highest paying jobs around. With all of the demand currently, it is job security. The program at ATS has classroom teaching as well. Learning all about safety precautions, regulations and preparing for the CDL test will all be completed.
If you are interested in becoming a truck driver, simply sign up for our program. You will be on the road before you know it and making a great income.

Urgently Wanted – Long Distance Truck Drivers

Monday, May 14th, 2012

As a nation we are heading into a period where there will be just as many retirees as there are workers – perhaps more. Baby Boomers are now reaching retirement age and like most industries the transport industry is already starting to feel the pinch. Most new drivers choose local and intrastate driving opportunities, often shunning any truck driving jobs that keep them away from home for more than a day. This has already led to a shortage of long distance truck drivers.

In the future, and I’m talking about the next three to four years, you’ll be seeing long distance truck driving jobs that use the words “urgent” as in “urgently wanted – long distance truck drivers.” You may even find phrases such as “immediate start,” “great benefits,” and perhaps even “minimal experience required.”

Those with vision can plan now to fill those vacancies as they arise. In fact, gain a commercial drivers license now and build your experience and you’ll be a truck driver who’s not only in high demand but able to demand a top wage and benefits package. Truck drivers with good reputations are already being offered good wages to switch employers – the old-fashioned corporate head hunting at a truck driver level.

How do you take advantage of the looming truck driver shortage? First, you need quality truck driver training, then a commercial drivers license, all followed up by experience gained on the job. We can provide you with the training and help you to obtain your commercial drivers license. Even better, we can help you find that all important first truck driving job, a job that will give you experience and help launch your career.

Time The Key Factor For Today’s Truck Drivers

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Are you always late? If so, you may not make it as a truck driver in today’s busy world. Time is one of the key factors to a successful truck driving career. If you consistently arrive safely on time without having run foul of the law, then you’ll develop a reputation for reliability. If you’re always late, no one is going to want to employ you.

Whether your driving a local dump truck or driving an interstate rig, truck drivers have schedules that must be met. Their schedules often dictate how other areas of a business operate. A good example is a dump truck driver delivering gravel to a road site. If the dump truck is late, work almost grinds to a halt as they wait for that gravel to work on the next section. Manufacturing often works on a just-in-time delivery system. Products are delivered and go straight into the manufacturing process. A good example is fresh produce that is processed into final products.

Truck drivers are one of the key components to a wide range of industries. In fact, some would argue that truck drivers are a key component to our society’s success. Fresh milk in your supermarket relies on several trucks – from dairy farmer to processing plant to supermarket, and to be fresh each movement needs to be done in a timely fashion.

Reliability is a trait that truck drivers can develop, however, they do need to develop that trait quite quickly. Learning how to navigate from A to B, how to follow GPS guidance, and how to avoid traffic snarls is all part and parcel of a truck driver’s job. We can train you to become a very good truck driver. It’s experience and the advice of fellow drivers that will teach you reliability.

Truck Driving Man

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Many children have fantasized about becoming a truck driver when they grow up, but lately, fewer are actually doing it. Some studies actually say that US trucking companies are short 20,000 truck drivers! This is a result of many long haul drivers retiring and a lack of new truckers joining the ranks. Needless to say, now is a great time to enter a great truck driver training program and earn a CDL license.

Long haul trucking is a great way to see the country and meet new and interesting people. It is also a great way to make a living in these rough economic times. There is currently a high demand in many areas for long haul truckers, and when demand is high, wages tend to improve. A good truck driving school can have a long haul driver on the road with a CDL in hand in less than a month.

Truck driver training at a reputable school will generally take around three weeks depending on the state regulations where the CDL test will be taken. The training itself will include a combination of classroom training and behind the wheel training. The classroom work consists mainly of the basics, safety, rules and regulations mandated by the Department of Transportation. The behind-the-wheel training should include open road driving, backing exercises and pre-trip inspections. With proper training, all of these skills will become second nature to the driver and result in a safe operator that trucking firms will be looking to hire.

An additional thing that should be part of any truck driver training program is career services. Ensure that the training company chosen will give assistance in job placement and that they are successful at this. Many training schools will have established relationships with trucking firms, and the best schools will know what these firm are looking for in a new truck driver. These schools can then focus their training to these current demands in the trucking industry.

In our current troubled economy, jobs may seem hard to come by in many industries. But, the trucking industry continues to grow, and at the same time, lose people to retirement. Now is a great time to get the training required for a CDL and hit the open road.

* Associated Training Services fully endorses the national certification program offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), and will prepare candidates for the CCO certification examinations.

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