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Women in Trucking and Southwest Truck Driver Training

As more women enter the transportation industry, supportive resources and training are increasingly important to launch women into exciting careers. Southwest Truck Driver Training offers comprehensive programs for anyone, provided by a diverse staff, including female instructors dedicated to helping each student be successful.   How Many Truckers Are Women? The number of female truckers…

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Who Can Be a Truck Driver?

Nearly anyone can be a truck driver! That may sound pie-in-the-sky, but it is true. If you meet the legal, medical, training, and exam requirements, a trucking career may be open to you. Here at Southwest Truck Driver Training, we’ve trained people from all different backgrounds. Let’s dig into why you can become a truck…

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How to Become a Trucking Owner-Operator

If you love long-haul driving but are tired of answering to someone else, becoming an owner-operator could be a great career option. Running your own business allows you to pick and choose the jobs you want and use your own truck. But it comes with risks, too.   What is a Trucking Owner-Operator? A trucking…

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DOT Physical for Truckers: How It Works and What to Expect

All people with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) must pass a physical exam to drive commercially in the U.S. These medical exams serve several purposes for the benefit of the drivers and others on the road. Passing medical tests can be intimidating, especially if your career hinges on one. So, having questions is natural. Read on…

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How to Make More Money as a Truck Driver

Whether you’re a seasoned driving veteran or a newly trained rookie, the earning potential for truck drivers is at an all-time high. In fact, average truck driver salaries rose an average of 11% in 2021. But, widespread pay increases aren’t the only ways to make more money as a truck driver. With more experience, a…

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How to Prepare for the CDL Theory Test

Every state requires prospective commercial drivers to pass a written exam when earning a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Preparing for the CDL test isn’t just necessary to get a passing score. The information will also be part of your work as a commercial driver. CDL holders must understand and follow specific rules and guidelines when…

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How Much Do Truck Drivers Make in 2023? Average Pay for Graduates

Truck drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) can often make a good income, no matter where they work. Those with specialized endorsements and skills stand to make even more money working in this in-demand career. Read on to learn about average truck driver salaries, pay for various driving positions, and how you can increase…

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How to Prepare for a Truck Driving Job Interview

Featuring expert advice from Steve Strong, Vice President, Southwest Truck Driver Training With a nationwide truck driver shortage of 80,000 drivers—potentially surging to 160,000 by 2030 if current trends continue—it should be cake to get a truck driving job, right? Not necessarily. While many trucking carriers are having a hard time finding qualified employees, most…

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ELDT (Entry-Level Driver Training) Rules: What It Means for CDL Students

You may have heard of the recent rule implemented by the federal government called “Entry-Level Driver Training” requirements, which recently went into effect February 7, 2022. What are these new rules, and what does it mean for you, the prospective commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicant?   New ELDT Rules for CDL Drivers: A Simple Explanation…

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Employer Profiles Who Hire Grads: Covenant Transport 

Covenant Transport is more than just a trucking company. The carrier is a network of dedicated and dependable transportation experts offering safe, expedited, and temperature-controlled freight services to their customers in the United States and Mexico.    Covenant Transport carries goods from a wide variety of industries, including automotive, construction, paper and packaging, and food and beverage. This transportation provider isn’t just loyal to their customers, but to…

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Employer Profiles Who Hire Grads: May Trucking Company

When you finish trucking training school and are ready to start your career in the trucking industry, it’s important to be smart about which trucking company to work for. There are many factors to consider, including the type of work, routes, pay rate, benefits, and home-time policy the company offers.    When investigating potential employers and trucking companies in Arizona, be sure to take a look at May Trucking…

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