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Career Advancement Opportunities Found in Trucking Field

Nov 14, 2017

 

Career advancement opportunities are an essential deciding factor when determining a new line of work. When choosing a career field there are many important aspects to take into consideration.

If you’re good at your job, you want to be rewarded with higher pay and more responsibility. The commercial truck industry rewards its best drivers with the chance to advance to management and recruiter positions. For drivers who have received quality training from a CDL training program, like Georgia Driving Academy, they will be steps ahead of their peers.

In addition to offering good pay and stability, a career as a commercial truck driver offers chances for advancement. With demand for truckers expected to grow for several years, new drivers can feel comfortable they are working in an industry that offers stability and growth. Carriers have thousands of job vacancies right now. As more drivers enter retirement and the number of routes continues to increase, more drivers are needed.

TAKE THAT NEXT STEP

If you are someone looking for a new career in a growing industry, consider commercial truck driving. There is no better way to launch a career as a truck driver than by completing the CDL Training Program at Georgia Driving Academy. Therefore, with the help of GDA, you begin this new chapter of your life. Are you ready to start?

 

*This blog post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated according to industry standards.*

Women Truck Drivers in High Demand

Oct 25, 2017

 

Why Are Women Truck Drivers In High Demand?

Truckers are in high demand, no matter who you are. However, according to “Women in Trucking“, women make up only 5% of the professional driver population. Trucking companies across the Nation are looking for women to fill open trucking positions. The WIT Association is a “non-profit organization with the mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the industry.” The average salary is just shy of $50,000 per year and the driver shortage is worsening – this means good money and job security for all!

Who Is Recruiting Women Truck Drivers?

Companies like J.B. Hunt is a Gold Level sponsor of WIT, and also offers their own sponsorship for women entering the trucking industry. Their dedication to WIT goes beyond their own workforce, as you can see in this blog post, encouraging other carriers to add more women to their teams.

Walmart Transportation is another Gold Level sponsor of WIT and their longest standing supporter. Check out this great video titled “Walmart Supports Diversity in our Private Fleet” on their career page.

Holland Regional is a supporter of WIT and “Real Women in Trucking”, whose mission is to is to “empower the women of trucking and those entering the industry through outreach programs, continuing education, advocacy, mentoring, networking and ongoing support to promote retention, encouragement, and unity between both new and seasoned female drivers.” Holland boasts a safer and overall more comfortable environment for women.

Why Consider Trucking?

According to analysis done by Omnitracs last year, women had fewer accidents, ran more miles, and stayed in their jobs longer. Catastrophic accidents and high turnover continue to be top issues for carriers year over year so it comes as no surprise that some of the largest carriers are leading the charge for women in trucking. For anyone looking for a promising employment industry to enter into, trucking is the way to go. There are plenty of job opportunities to fit the lifestyle you are searching for. Always being home at night, no problem. High salaries, you got it. Competitive benefit packages, absolutely!

 
 

Ready to take that next step and take on your CDL training. Georgia Driving Academy is ready to help! GDA offers both Class A and Class B CDL training in Columbus, GA and Conyers, GA. Contact us today for more information!

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Began Truck Driving

Oct 10, 2017

 

 

The Truck Driving Industry is different from most. As most truckers know, you’ll experience something new everyday. New sites and surroundings, new loads to drop off, new people to meet. For many, there is a fear of what you might be getting yourself into once you take on a trucking driving career. Here are 10 things we feel would be nice to know before starting out on this new occupation:

  1. This is not your grandfathers truck driving job. There are now electronic devices to track your hours and driving behaviors, cameras facing you and the road, and more regulations, inspections, and paperwork.
  2. Some customers don’t have facilities or they forbid you from using them. Check the message boards before you leave to get a heads up.
  3. A pet is a great companion for the road. It gets lonely out there and a dog or cat can keep you company and forces you to get fresh air.
  4. Truck stops can get jam-packed at night. Plan ahead for this so that you are not running out of hours with nowhere to park.
  5. Making healthy choices on the road takes creativity. Making time for exercise and maintaining a healthy diet is not impossible, but it requires some advanced planning.
  6. Sometimes you are going to spend more time waiting than truck driving. Some customers are more congested than others and you may wait a few hours to get loaded or unloaded.
  7. Your dispatcher or fleet manager may have never driven a truck before. It’s frustrating to have someone asking you to do things they don’t understand.
  8. Some carries make it possible to bring a guest out on the road with you. This gives you the ability to turn a long trip into a mini vacation and get some quality time in with your spouse or one of the kids.
  9. There will be lots of sitting involved in driving a truck, but you will also do lots of walking, crouching, reaching, and climbing to do your equipment inspections. You’ll get even more exercise if you do flatbed work.
  10. This is the most rewarding career choice you could possibly make! You get to see the country while helping to keep businesses running, grocery stores full, and citizens happy.

 

Taking the next step:

Are interested in becoming a truck driver and earning your CDL? Georgia Driving Academy is ready to help! GDA provides Class A and Class B CDL training services for Georgia residents. If you’re interested in taking that next step in your career as a trucker, head over to our programs page!

 

What Should You Do if You Get Pulled Over?

Oct 5, 2017

 

Seeing those flashing blue lights and hearing sirens tailing behind you is always nerve-wrecking, especially if you’re brand new to driving a CDL truck. Mistakes happen. We’re here to show you how to handle the situation if you’re ever pulled over on the job.

Don’t Panic

Stay calm, take a deep breath and pull yourself together. Leave your seatbelt on and make sure the officer sees you with it on before you take it off.

Gather Your Paperwork

Before the officer approaches your truck, have all of your trucking and shipping documents sitting in your lap. Keeping these documents in an easily accessible place in your truck at all times will make your life easier. Fumbling around in your truck could potentially make the officer nervous at what you might do.

Never Admit Guilt

Even if you know you were speeding, wait for the officer to tell you what you did wrong. Officers nowadays wear body cameras and anything you say can be used against you later on if you decide to challenge the citation. It’s best to simply say, “you aren’t sure, but there’s a reason, because you know they’re trying to keep the roadways safe”. After they complete the warning or citation, always thank the officer for doing their job.

Write It Down

Write down the entire incident from start to finish to show your company or for future reference in court. The more details the better. Examples being light, medium, heavy traffic, weather conditions, mile markers, violations, etc.

What Happens Next?

You should almost always go to court. You’ll want to protect your CDL license at all costs. Find a great attorney, (one who specifies in trucking incidents) that can testify you’re a safety conscious driver who made a minor mistake, or that the officer made a mistake.

During your first year of driving, as well as the rest of your career of truck driving, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to maintain safety. Nobody’s perfect. If you do get pulled over, follow these steps, brush it off, and learn from your mistakes.

 

If you’re interested in becoming a truck driver and earning your CDL, Georgia Driving Academy is ready to help! GDA provides Class A and Class B CDL training services for Georgia residents. If you’re interested in beginning a career as a trucker, learn more about our CDL training programs.

Taking Your Pet over the Road? What You Need to Know

Sep 22, 2017

 

Pet on the Road

As we head into fall, drivers are looking at bringing a pet on the road as a companion. Bringing a pet on the road with you can offer a dash of excitement and companionship to make your journey easier. Operating with a pet-friendly company affords you this benefit, but it doesn’t come without responsibility.
 

What’s Expected?

As a driver traveling with a pet on the road, you will be expected to keep safety paramount. Although the Department of Transportation has not officially established any regulations concerning this matter, all pet-friendly companies will have their own set of parameters by which you must precisely adhere.

Guideline ensures the animal has ample space to move around the cabin without infringing on your driving area. Some companies also require that you have a clean driving record dating back to your completion of truck driving school.
 

Truck Driver Safety Tips

 

Be Selective

If you aren’t already a pet owner, make sure you are choosing your traveling companion wisely. Not all pets are ideal for traveling. For example, golden retrievers and Jack Russel terriers are characterized as hyperactive breeds that require extra attention and physical activity. Unless you can invest in obedience training, it can be a challenge to keep these dogs calm in the truck, which may pose a safety hazard. Ideally, you want to choose a pet that is mild-mannered and self-entertaining in nature.

Stay On Schedule

It’s imperative that you take extra steps to stay on schedule. Whether it’s a restroom break, exercise or just some attention, all animals require some level of care. When you fall behind schedule, this will also reduce the amount of time you have to care for the animal. Taking extra time to plan your routes can help you stay on target. As a backup plan, always keep potty pads and toys on hand for those instances when time is scarce.

Invest In Safety Gear

When you’re driving, the animal should not be anywhere near your operating area. Depending on the pet, you may be able to minimize their area of movement with a safety harness that attaches to the passenger seat or a fixture in the rear of the cabin. However, for larger animals, you may need to invest in a barrier gate or kennel to restrict their movement. Should you choose a kennel, ensure it’s lined with soft blankets or towels to keep your pet comfortable.

Keeping safety at the forefront doesn’t just protect the animal, but it also protects your career and most importantly, other motorists on the road.

 
 
Ready to begin your new career as a truck driver? Georgia Driving Academy is ready to help! GDA provides Class A and Class B CDL training services for Georgia residents. If you’re interested in beginning a career as a trucker, learn more about our CDL training programs.
 
*This blog post was originally published in 2016 and has been updated according to industry standards.*