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    Regional Trucking: The Best of Both Worlds

    Regional truck driving fits perfectly between over-the-road (OTR) and local truck driving jobs. In recent years trucking has started to shift towards more regional and local jobs. However, many people don’t know what regional truck driving is or what the day is like.

    What is regional truck driving?

    Regional truck driving is a hybrid of OTR and local trucking jobs. As a regional truck driver, you work within a 1,000-mile radius of your home base. The jobs offered are like OTR jobs in which you will be hauling freight from location to location; however, these will not be cross-country trips. Where regional trucking is like local trucking jobs, both have significantly more home time than OTR drivers. Regional drivers are home generally on the weekends and possibly even on weeknights. This can allow regional drivers to spend more time with friends and family. Regarding pay for regional truck drivers, the average salary is around $67,000 a year.

    Why is regional trucking right for you?

    For much regional, truck driving Is the perfect blend of home time while still earning decent money. Because regional drivers work in the same area daily, dedicated routes are the regular job for many regional drivers. These routes can familiarize you with the weather and traffic, which can help you increase your efficiency. Regional drivers can also connect with the people on their route, as you will see frequently. Regional jobs are also similar to OTR jobs in that the jobs are solo, and you will not be the one loading or unloading your truck. Regional truck drivers make around $15,000 more per year than local drivers and are still home weekly. With OTR driving, you may make more, but you are only home once a month. The typical day for regional drivers is to start your day by receiving that day’s delivery or route. You then load your truck and, depending on the distance of the route, may be able to complete the delivery the same day. If the route is longer, you will drive until you are required to stop based on your Hours of Service. Regional drivers have very little turnaround time; as soon as you complete one job, the next job is typically ready for you. Many major carriers have started adding more regional truck drivers as they balance the home time that the drivers want with the driving range trucking jobs need.
    You start your journey to become a regional truck driver today by signing up for our Class A CDL training program. Contact us today to get started!
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    How is the trucking industry is reducing their footprint?

    Trucking is an industry that has a direct effect on emissions. As more trucks go green, the environment benefits. With April including Earth Day, we wanted to share what the trucking industry is doing to become a greener and more sustainable industry.

    1. Improving the Trucks Efficiency

    As trucking continues to grow, so do the number of different rucks on the road. Many companies are spending time and money to help develop ways to make these trucks more green without disrupting the industries’ work. Some of the developments range from hybrid models to using fuel alternatives. Other companies are focused on non-engine improvements to help current trucks reduce the amount of fuel used on a daily basis.

    2. Optimizing Routes

    Another way the industry is helping to reduce emissions is to have drivers and carriers spend extra time choosing the most efficient routes available. This helps keep trucks on time but spend less time on the road, which reduces the number of emissions each driver produces. 

    3. Using Greener Fuel

    There have been long discussions on how the trucking industry can move away from diesel and toward less harmful fuel. Some of the top alternatives being used in trucking currently are biodiesel and electric batteries. Electricity seems to be where the industry's future lies; whether with conventional batteries or hydrogen fuel cells is still up for debate, as seen in this New York Times Article.

    4. More FTL Shipping

    The quickest change in the industry is an increase in the number of Full Truckloads (FTL) shipments. As the industry starts combining LTL shipments to make more FTL shipments, there will be benefits. When a truck drives without any shipments or even a less than full truckload, it drives empty miles. Empty miles account for 17% of all trucking emissions while also proving more costly for trucking companies by wasting time for all involved.

    5. Enhancing Training Practices

    Teaching new students how to drive efficiently and responsibly improves each driver's fuel efficiency. Teaching drivers how to maintain constant speeds and using their brakes less when not necessary results inefficient driving practices. This may require breaking some drivers' bad habits, but it will be effective in the long run.

    6. Reducing Idling

    Many drivers spend their time idling while at truck stops; however, just one hour of idling can burn up to one gallon of fuel. To help combat this, drivers are starting to change their habits and investing in auxiliary power units to power their needs while stopping so that they can turn off their trucks. All these methods combined will have a massive impact on the emissions produced by the trucking industry. However, even just one of these practices will help create the changes trucking needs to make. Here at US Truck, we teach our students how to become responsible drivers to help the industry.  
    If you are ready to start your trucking career, contact us today to get your career on the road.
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    Make an impact on the next generation of professional drivers!

    Before starting your venture as a professional driver, you must first go through one of United States Truck Driving School’s CDL Training Programs, which combines in-class instruction and behind-the-wheel training. These courses would not be possible without our CDL instructors, who utilize their knowledge and experience of the industry to prepare our students for their new careers. A career as a CDL instructor is rewarding, enriching, and offers advantages that you cannot find while on the road. Many carriers and driving schools are looking to hire driving instructors, us included! Continue reading to see if this career is right for you! CDL Instructor Qualities and Qualifications Similar to a professional driver, there are certain qualities that an educator should possess. These attributes help solidify the foundation for this new career. Those traits include:
    • Reliability
    • Enthusiasm
    • Leadership
    • Patience
    • Desire to see others succeed
    The next step is to look over the job qualifications and ensure you can check each box. The most common prerequisites for this position include:
    • Possession of a Class A CDL
    • Previous driving experience
    • High School diploma or equivalent
    • Clean Driving Record
    • Schedule availability for required training hours
    Benefits of Being a CDL Instructor According to the Pew Research Center, about a third of all adults consider job security, the ability to take time for family needs, and good benefits equally valuable when searching for a new job. Fortunately, CDL instructors are afforded these opportunities and many more. The most common perks that accompany this job are:
    • Competitive wages
    • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
    • Paid vacation and sick time
    • Daily set schedule
    • Opportunity for advancements
    The most significant incentive seen in this profession is being home nightly, which is seldom seen for professional drivers. With the holiday season quickly approaching, this benefit could be the biggest present you receive this year! CDL Instructor Jobs Available at United States Truck Driving School United States Truck Driving School is currently hiring instructors to work at our Denver and Colorado Springs locations! We are looking for individuals who want to pass on their knowledge and skills to help our students succeed in their new careers. We do not require previous experience as an instructor, as we will provide you with training! To learn more about the position or submit your application here! If you’re just getting started in the industry, contact us today!
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    What Does the Future of Trucking Have in Store?

    Like many industries, normalcy in the everyday business of trucking was shaken up by the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry saw shifts in employment, operations, procedures, and more. Though the constraints of the situation led to many uncertainties, truck drivers have remained resilient. The ability to adapt to constant change allowed truck drivers to make the essential deliveries that helped keep the economy running. As COVID cases decline and things continue returning to “normal”, truckers are also getting back up on their feet. Here are a few ways the pandemic may have a lasting impact on the trucking industry going forward.

    Staying Home

    While some employees are heading back to the office, others are still at home doing online and hybrid work. The pandemic-driven transition to remote work proved to be successful enough to stay long-term. For truck drivers, this means less traffic and safer roads to make quicker deliveries. In fact, in 2020 deliveries were 3x faster than before COVID-19 for some companies. Beyond emptier routes, the regularity of people in front of computers has increased online shopping habits. As this trend keeps growing, and as brick-and-mortar stores open back up in full swing, truck drivers will have lots of deliveries to look forward to.

    Everyday Procedures

    To ensure safety in the trucking industry amidst COVID, health procedures for delivering freight were adjusted and more strongly enforced. Health assessments and protective gear, like gloves and masks, were introduced, while many deliveries were made without physical exchanges. Although some of these procedures may go away as restrictions lessen, others might continue contributing to a healthier future. More thorough and more frequent cleaning measures will undoubtedly prevent the spread of future diseases and sicknesses. With advancements in technology, contactless deliveries and payments will become easier, more efficient, and safer for everyone.

    A Positive Outlook

    Despite the changes we’ve seen through the pandemic, the need for professional truck drivers will never cease to exist. Carriers are always on the hunt for new employees. Freight deliveries will always need to be made. If the pandemic was not proof enough, the trucking industry plays a key role in maintaining a successful economy. And truck drivers’ proven ability to adjust to change will only strengthen it going forward. United States Truck Driving School is committed to training students to become the resilient truck drivers the industry needs. We are proud to offer a variety of CDL training courses to help our students start these new careers.
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    US Truck in the News

    Colorado's local economy is booming, leaving the local unemployment rate at 2.8%. With the economy doing so well, many employers are struggling to recruit and retain drivers. The demand for drivers is high, making commercial driving a promising career option. Our Colorado Springs' school director, John Wescott, was recently featured in an article from KOAA news. Wescott told KOAA:
    "Anything that has to do with any sort of trucking at all, it doesn't matter if it's your local garbage company, doesn't matter if it's a towing company, doesn't matter if it's an over the road carrier; they're all in a shortage."
    There's no better time than now to earn your Class A or Class B CDL. With the demand for drivers so high right now, driving truck or bus is a secure career option. In order to recruit and retain drivers, employers in the area are willing to offer incentives on top of an already high starting pay ($40,000-$60,000 per year!) At United States Truck Driving School, you can complete your CDL training in as little as 3 weeks--allowing you to start making money ASAP! If you're ready to take the next step towards a great paying, steady career, contact us.  Let us help get you on the road to your new trucking career today! Read the local news article here.
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    Getting Your CDL as a Civilian

    As a military veteran transitioning back to civilian life, you may be wondering what your next career path is. The skills veterans learned in the military are easily transferable to the trucking industry. If you're adjusting back to civilian life, consider a career in the trucking industry!

    With the need for truck drivers at an all-time high, a career as a professional truck driver is an attractive career path. There is currently a nationwide shortage of about 60,000 truck drivers. That number is expected to increase in the coming years, making trucking an in-demand field that can provide veterans the job security they'll need for their future.

    What Can Trucking Offer Veterans?

    The trucking industry provides a secure, high-paying job when returning to civilian life. For instance, starting pay for a new driver can start at $40,000+ with full health benefits, and many carriers offer other incentives like retirement savings, paid vacation, and more home time.

    We help veterans get a quality, high-paying job by making CDL training affordable. United States Truck Driving School works with a variety of VA programs to help veterans pay for their CDL training.

    Road Test Exemptions

    If you’re a military veteran with 2+ years of experience driving heavy-duty equipment in the last year, you may be able to skip the road test portion of the CDL exam. This can make getting your CDL a quicker process. To see if you qualify, you must complete a "Veterans CDL Skills Test Waiver". Your US Truck admissions representative can help determine if you qualify for this exemption.

    Trucking companies throughout the United States are eager to hire military veterans. Veterans returning to the civilian workforce already have the skills trucking companies are looking for; they are ambitious, driven, responsible, and have what it takes to get the job done.

    To see how you can use your VA benefits toward your CDL, contact United States Truck Driving School! We'll help you get on the road to a secure career in the trucking industry! Give us a call at 303-848-8443.