Trucking companies operate all around the United States. To be successful in this career, it’s important to know your state and the states you will be passing through.
We always recommend talking to experienced truck drivers in each and every state to get their insights and advice. Fortunately, we’ve done some of that for you.
We’ve reached out to our community of over 100,000 truck drivers and asked them to provide:
- Pros and Cons for Truck Driving in Your State
- State-Specific Tips
- Advice for New Drivers
Click below to hear what truck drivers have to say:
A number of factors affect your ability to drive safely and successfully in each state. Truck drivers must be aware of the best routes and the traffic conditions for each region and city along the way. Drivers get paid by the mile, so “taking the scenic route” isn’t a good option.
You should also be aware of other external factors, like the weather, the terrain, and more. If the climate is freezing cold, you need to know, especially when you drive long-haul and have to sleep in the cab. If you’ll be taking dangerous mountain roads, you should be similarly prepared.
Truck driving is also one of the most regulated industries in the country. While the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) regulates safety issues on a federal level, you must also be aware of each state’s individual rules.
This divided system is also why each state has its own CDL manual and testing process. You can find your state and get your appropriate CDL manual here.