What to Expect Your First Year as a New Truck Driver

What to Expect Your First Year as a New Truck Driver

A new truck driver endures the most challenging part of his entire career, in their first year.
Just a few things the new trucker ought to be aware of, so you know what to expect in your first year.
The pay is often lower than a more experienced driver, the loads dispatched to new drivers aren’t usually premium loads, new drivers are often kept out on the road for very long periods of time, and sometimes trucking companies take advantage of new drivers.
This first year may be somewhat stressful, but is necessary to get in hours behind the wheel, and get experience to add to your resume. Trucking companies like to hire drivers with experience, so you may not have much choice when it comes to your very first job in the trucking industry.

After the first year, things should start to get better….. the driver will usually travel with his own company truck, and not as a team member/driver trainer, so become more independent.
The loads will be better and things will fall into place.

If you love to drive, hang in there… it’ll be worth it in the long run.

For more information to find out what to really expect from that first year as a CDL driver, check out http://www.smart-trucking.com/new-truck-driver.html .
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37 thoughts on “What to Expect Your First Year as a New Truck Driver

  • June 27, 2017 at 11:46 am
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    what's the top 5 or or 10 things I want to get out of a trucking company as a CDL holder with zero experience

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  • June 27, 2017 at 12:21 pm
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    Thanks for this video. I'm about to make my career change to this work. its been a dream of mine for many years!

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  • June 27, 2017 at 12:29 pm
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    dude THANKS for the Info… good luck to me on this new career.😎

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  • June 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm
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    The dude chuckling behind the camera! Hahaha

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  • June 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm
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    how long is the course to be a trucker

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  • June 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm
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    that bird is getting on my nerves

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  • June 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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    Because of most new drivers that don't know much about the business is one of the reasons why older drivers get screwed!

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  • June 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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    Can one go straight into being an owner-operator providing they have the credit/resources to buy a truck right away?

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  • June 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Thank for the tips

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  • June 27, 2017 at 4:26 pm
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    truck driving k

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  • June 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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    love this channel 🤗😂😂😂, they give you nothing but the true info.

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  • June 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm
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    I've been driving for a while and my advice is that if you like being by yourself then you'll be fine and if you want a good career in trucking just find the right company all these guys saying how it's horrible are just mad cause they got felonies and drug abuse history so the only compaines that will hire em are companies like cr england. prime inc is a good starter company good training and good pay but if you got records and drug abuse then don't except to get hired cause there a respectable company that hires respectable people. the first year can be fun if you get the right company like prime and just have fun with it your life you've been driving in little cars now your drive a big as truck its fun and you get to see the country and after your first year if you don't like long halls then find local stuff like hauling gas or beer or food you might still be gone for a day or two but it's not bad or be the garbage truck driver you don't touch trash and you get paid 80% more then the guys who do or get a job with a excavating company hauling dirt off sites that's good pay to once you get a CDL and get through the first year which for me flew by there's an entire world of opportunity if you search for it it won't just come to your doorstep. stay out of trouble don't get discouraged by these hate comments from deadbeats. you'll eventually find a job you love with good pay if you work hard for it

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  • June 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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    I quit this job after two years of driving. It's not worth it. I don't believe that they call it a job. It's dangerous. Too much regulation. Too many hours of work. Lonely. Dealing with 4 wheelers was the worst thing. Low pay. Unhealthy job. For people who want to be a truck driver. Go to any truck stop and watch the people who is getting in and out that fuel station. Watch what they look like especially in the morning.

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  • June 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm
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    wow some of the best advice I've heard on The job of a professional driver.thank you DAVE. if I could say one thing it would take your time and move slowly,you can get out of any bad situation just think your way out,if you don't have time you were moving to fast.🇺🇸👊

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  • June 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm
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    The trick is to get your own truck and your own authority, your own trailer and get rid of these dispatchers. When you get your own truck with your own authority, you get to decided what loads you want and don't want. You get a heck of a lot more cash, mainly because there is no dispatcher to take the cut. My dad is talking to guys that's been doing this and they would be earning over 10k a week, no lie. My dad showed me a screenshot of one of his buddies doing a load for 1.5k, easy money

    My dad already owns his truck under his own company but he's currently working to get his own authority. With that comes time and patience and it will be difficult the first couple of times but you will get use to it (as they say). He's currently talking with his insurance company to have the proper insurance for it. Once that's over with, he'll wait for 3 weeks (a month basically) and he will have his own authority and a trailer to work with. Then he'll be set.

    With the truck industry, you have to fight for your own and part of that is doing your own thing and not having these snakey dispatchers literally taking your cash

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  • June 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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    Great Video, very well put!

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  • June 27, 2017 at 7:12 pm
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    This is so much different than here in europe O.o

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  • June 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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    you just put all my worries into perspective sir.Much beers to you sir.Im 47 and my dad has been driving for 46 and never was willing to teach me a thing.So im going out pretty much blind.Thank you sir.

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  • June 27, 2017 at 7:41 pm
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    hello sir, I am from India and I wanna drive big truck. in India I drive mini truck. can you guide me

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  • June 27, 2017 at 8:07 pm
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    Any New drivers out there download a app called truckers path one of the best tools out there

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  • June 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm
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    im planing on taking the class b for a waste management truck driving job and yes i will have to get off and on the truck

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  • June 27, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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    Hello gentleman one way to make $100.000 a year is to go work at UPS not FeDex bc they pay less and you don't need a CDL to drive a brown truck!! Unless you want to drive the 18 wheeler. But you have to start as a part time and gain your seniority for a year. Go do that shit!!!

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  • June 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm
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    great chit chat. i have 7 yrs. with a class b cdl. i make about 70k plus. absolutely you can make $ like my man said you just have to hustle baby ✌

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  • June 27, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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    you can drive a bus with a class B

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  • June 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm
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    Great info, thanks.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 12:19 am
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    im 48 and live in Maryland. thinking of getting a b license but wandering my chances considering my age? seems like a lot of jobs around here but most want experience. thoughts?

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  • June 28, 2017 at 12:58 am
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    Hi there, everything you talk about here is very true. I graduated class A CDL school in May 2014, found a B HAZMAT job a few months later delivering Propane gas. Your definitely right. It is a hustle everyday and Mentally/ physically demanding. In and out of truck countless times a day. Making sure you get all deliveries done. Winter time is extremely tuff too. It will make you or break you for sure. Chaining up your tires every other delivery due to snow packed roads just to deliver propane so people don't freeze, at the same time your life's on the line w 2500 + gal of Combustible gas on your back. Sometimes i think I'd rather be hauling tortillas. Thanks for your lessons and helpful info.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 1:12 am
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    You can make more than class a drivers depending who you work for and what you do exactly. I been with FED for about 11 years now and I'm OTT class B. Right now freight is slow. I've also driven class A OTR. I'm thinking about going back to class A.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 1:43 am
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    Ready mix is very well paid job (42-55 grand) only requiring a only class B. we've hired school bus drivers before some do well some do not. As the job has no set hours this I find to be the most difficult thing people have a problem with.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 1:49 am
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    i love your channel

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  • June 28, 2017 at 1:52 am
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    Hey, Big Ken I really appreciate you dropping this video… I'm currently looking to get into expediting, since I already have my CDL-B with Hazmat… Don't forget CDL-B expediting also do OTR work.. I've been watching your content for some time now… God, bless stay up!

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  • June 28, 2017 at 2:45 am
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    Nice to listen to you

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  • June 28, 2017 at 3:12 am
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    Your 100% right about th physical part for a class b driver. I have a class a and never driven a tractor trailer. Always worked for produce companies out of NYC. Making anywhere between 10-20 stops per day from 4am to sometimes 5pm. Pay range usually anywhere from 800.00 to 1200 net. 6 days a week. In my opinion this is very physical, but it is much better than being otr if you have family.

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  • June 28, 2017 at 4:11 am
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    what about a Motor Coach Operator that's a class B I did it for 2 years before I drove a simi

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