We are the ultimate source for truck driver career information and more.
I am a veteran truck driver and want to share the good, bad and ugly of the transportation industry to those starting out or contemplating a trucking career. -Matt Douthit, Owner of CDL 101
Whether you are seasoned company driver, owner operator or simply someone that is thinking about a career in the trucking industry and just want more information then you have come to the right place. We offer a wide variety of variety of information for prospective truck drivers, company drivers as well as a host of other topics as listed below:
- Flatbed Trucking – How hard is it? Find out here!
- Follow me on a trip – A Day In The Life Of A Truck Driver. Find out just how boring and exciting truck driving can be.
- Find out how much truck drivers are paid and how they are paid. You gonna be rich I tell you… Well not really but you can make a decent living.
Why is truck driver career information so important to have before you do anything else?
Truck driving is a very different job from most, it’s a lifestyle and a way of life. If you have not experienced the trucker lifestyle it is very easy to make inaccurate assumptions about the industry and the job. I want to give you the knowledge to be able to make an educated decision as to whether you should get your CDL and if a truck driving career is right for you. Remember that your choice to be a truck driver will effect the people around you.
A truck driving career can be very lucrative career field to enter after you gain experience. Many truck drivers with experience average close to $50,000.00 dollars per year (see our page on truck driver pay). Other truck drivers that operate in niche transportation markets such as food service delivery, heavy haul trucking and other specialized transportation markets can make much more (see different types of trucking jobs). I worked for MBM Foods for several years and grossed over $60,000 dollars while having significant home time.
With that being said truck driving is not an easy job and it is more of a lifestyle than just a career. Time away from home is a big disadvantage of being a truck driver and it can be hard on family. There are also many problems facing the trucking industry and these problems can cause frustrations at times. There are many reasons as to why the average trucking company has a 97% turnover rate. I want to show you how to be one of the 3% that loves your job, is successful in your career and profitable. Some truck drivers love their job and others hate it. A good attitude is key to being successful in the transportation industry.
This site is not about CDL testing information nor do we have a CDL testing guide. I have found that there are many of these sites out there but not many sites educating possible future truck drivers about general truck driver career information.
I hope that you find the information useful on my site CDL101 and if you have any questions please contact me. I will try and help you in anyway possible and answer your questions in the best possible way. If you can not find the information here you may find the trucking truth blog (unrelated to this site) helpful.