The first step in pursuing a career as an over-the-road truck driver is to obtain your commercial driving license (CDL). This license lets potential employers and law enforcement agencies know that you have the training and experience needed to operate a semi-truck safely.
With most of the nation's consumer goods being transported on major highways, the career outlook for commercial drivers is good. You can set yourself up for success by keeping the following tips in mind when obtaining your CDL.
Winter can be tough on your vehicle, which is why you want to make sure that you prepare your vehicle for winter weather and driving conditions. With winter weather right around the corner, here are a few ways to prepare your vehicle.
#1 Check All of Your Lights
One of the defining characteristics of winter is the darkness. It gets darker a lot earlier in the winter, and when it's overcast and stormy outside, it can be pretty dark as well.
The constant weight, pressure, and friction that your tires experience mean that as they wear down, they are increasingly at risk of springing a leak and becoming flat. This can be a serious safety concern since a sudden flat tire while driving can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and collide with another vehicle or some other obstacle. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to reduce the risk of your tires suddenly springing a flat.
Most light duty trucks that you see on the road have gasoline engines. However, just because most people make a certain choice does not make it the right choice for you. If you are thinking of buying a light duty truck, you may want to go with a diesel engine rather than a gas one. Diesel has a few advantages -- such as those that follow.
Better Fuel Mileage
Diesel trucks tend to get more miles per gallon than gasoline trucks.
Owning your own commercial trucking business with an owner-operated semi is your livelihood. Your expensive rig allows you to pick up clients and serve people all over the country, doing what you love. When your commercial vehicle fails, you lose business and profits. Learn these signs your semi needs repairs.
Fluids leaking from the cab
Your semi should never have leaks underneath the vehicle, with the exception of water from your air conditioner (which isn't a concern unless there is coolant in the fluid).