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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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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 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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How Often Are Over-the-Road Truckers Home?

Most people realize that driving a truck for a long distance means that over the road truckers are gone for at least a few days at a time. However, they don’t realize just how much time a long-haul trucker actually spends in the truck. Trucking is a lifestyle that you need to get used to,…

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5 Reasons There Are So Many Good Paying Trucking Jobs Available

The country has been struggling with a driver shortage for years, a shortage that continues to widen and increase the number of available trucking jobs. Whether you look at statistics regarding CDL A or CDL B jobs, trucking companies are offering good salaries, benefits, and incentives to fill their ranks with qualified drivers. Although social…

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Busting Myths About ‘How Long Can A Truck Driver Drive?’

Despite the significant reforms the trucking industry has enjoyed, common myths still exist about how long can truck drivers drive. Big rig freighter haulers once worked excessive hours that taxed the men and women of the road into less than safe driving circumstances. Fortunately, reforms about how many hours can a truck driver drive have…

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What is Intermodal Trucking and Why Does it Matter?

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As an industry professional about “intermodal trucking” and they’d probably point to one of those big containers that come off ships to be hauled away by an 18-wheeler. But the industry has evolved into far more than just getting the freight in an intermodal container from point A to point B. In fact, intermodal transportation…

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Trucking Forecast Looks Promising for 2019

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The U.S. economy enjoyed robust growth in 2018, exceeding the expectations of many experts. And it was the determined American truck driver that kept goods and materials moving. Prosperity in manufacturing, import-export, and other sectors meant growth for truckers as well throughout the trucking industry. The demand for freight deliveries, coupled with a driver shortage,…

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