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    Will You Have a Job When You're Done with Training?

    We talk to a lot of people who want to get their CDL. One question we often get asked is, "Will I have a job when I get done with school?" In this blog, we'll look at the career options you have when you attend US Truck Driving School for your CDL training.

    Specialized Training

    At United States Truck Driving School, students learn the specialized skills needed to make long-haul, regional, or local runs. You'll learn how to operate the equipment necessary for specialized jobs such as double or triple carriers, car haulers, bulk carriers and more. But how do you go about landing those specialized jobs when you're done with training?

    Job Placement Assistance for Your New Career

    At USTDS, we offer lifetime job placement services to all of our graduates, no matter how long it's been since you graduated. Our goal is to help graduates find employment, regardless of how long it's been since you finished your training. We maintain ongoing employment partnerships with many of the nationally known carriers such as Swift, Werner, May, and JBS Carriers. But, if you're looking for a more local company, no problem! We work closely with local companies in and around both Denver and Colorado Springs.

    Get Rollin'

    If you're a successful US Truck graduate whose ready to make a career transition, or if you want to get started on your career training, let's talk! Call and talk to our Job Placement Director today to access you lifetime employment support! Call today! 303-848-8443  
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    If You're a CDL Driver, This Mandate Likely Applies to You

    If you've spent time behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, you know about the driving logbook. Driving hours rules may have changed some over the years, but the logbook has been the principal source of keeping track of those hours. Since drivers were responsible for logging their own hours with fleet managers checking said logbooks, there was some concern over fudging the books.

    ELD - Electronic Logging Devices

    Enter the ELD or electronic logging device. The ELD Mandate is part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or MAP-21The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) details the abilities of an ELD, including capturing data on whether an engine is running, if the vehicle is moving and how many miles are driven. If you're a CDL driver, this mandate likely applies to you.

    What the ELD Mandate Means for Truck Drivers

    First, know that the ELD Mandate does not change the hours of service, or HOS, rules.

    Drivers must keep on board and handy:

    • an ELD user's manual and instruction sheet
    • instructions for reporting malfunctions as well as how to respond to unassigned driving hours recorded (know how to explain notes and edits!)
    • eight days worth of blank records of duty status, or RODS

     ELD compliance in short:

    • The rule applies to buses as well as trucks
    • Back up your data and keep it for six months!
    • Your ELD must be certified. The FMCSA keeps a list of certified devices. (Yes, Smartphones are acceptable devices.)
    • You must submit supporting documents within thirteen days of the information being generated.
    • Canadian and Mexican drivers must comply while driving in the US.
    • Know how to share data when requested, particularly with law enforcement
    • The mandate provides protections from harassment based on ELD information
    • Know how to clock in and out on ELD devices

    Yes, there are Exceptions:

    The FMCSA details the law, including who is exempt from the ELD Mandate. Exceptions will be made for drivers with the following:
    • Drivers in vehicles manufactured before the year 2000 are exempt while driving that vehicle.
    • Tow truck drivers delivering the vehicle being monitored or towing motorhomes.
    • If you are required to keep RODS less than nine days out of thirty
    Get up to speed on the latest rules and regulations in the trucking industry in our FREE introductory class on Saturday mornings! Interested? Request more information on the classes, or contact us today!  
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    It's not always OTR

    When most people think of trucking jobs, they think of long cross-country hauls with very little home time. The truth is, there are more options than just long-haul trucking. While most drivers start out going OTR (Over the Road) some transition into a different position, like driving short-haul routes or even becoming a driver trainer. So, what does a trucking job look like? Well, that depends on the driver.

    The Long (or Short) Haul

    Long-haul drivers typically make more money but spend the most time away from home. They'll often spend days or weeks at a time on the road crisscrossing the country and living out of their trucks. Short-haul drivers typically make several stops each day, loading and unloading their cargo, and are back home in the evening. They may not make the same pay as OTR drivers, but their home time is much greater. There are pros and cons to both long and short-haul jobs, and only you can decide which option is best. Knowing the difference in hometime, pay, and typical job duties will help you decide which job opportunity is best for you.

    Using Your CDL Without Driving

    There are many positions that don’t require a lot of driving but favor candidates with a CDL and driving experience. If you have your CDL, you could transition into a career as a driver trainer, school instructor, or terminal manager. Local and regional driving positions are another option. These often have dedicated routes and regular schedules. It's a great way to keep using your CDL while providing some stability in your schedule. There are plenty of career options when you have a CDL. You don't have to give up your CDL just because you are ready to grow or transition your career! Whether you are choosing truck driving as your first career or are transitioning careers, we want to help you reach your career goals! Contact us today to learn more about our Class A CDL and Class B CDL training, or CDL refresher courses.    
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    How to Safe While Out on the Road

    As a trucker, you spend a lot of time on the road. That means there are a lot of times you'll see - or deal with - road rage. By preparing yourself for those challenging situations, you can put yourself in a better place to deal with drivers who do dangerous things as a result of their anger. That means you'll keep you and your cargo safe, and get home to your family on time.

    Head It Off

    The best ways to deal with road rage is to avoid being the one to set off the raging individual in the first place. You might not be able to avoid every instance of road rage, but you can decrease it by following the basic courtesies of the road. Take advice from seasoned truck drivers: use your turn signal, avoid using your horn unless absolutely necessary, and try not to cut other drivers off.

    Don't React

    If you do find yourself in the position of making someone angry when you're driving, avoid engaging. Don't react with obscene gestures or ugly words. You should also avoid making eye contact with the raging driver if at all possible. Do your best to mentally prepare ahead of time so you can keep your cool and stay out of a potentially dangerous situation.

    Get Away from Aggressive Drivers

    If you see aggressive driving around you, get out of the way! Backing your truck off can help make it easier to avoid aggressive drivers and cool down instances of road rage. Of course, there can also be times when it's helpful to put your big truck in the way to help prevent other drivers from being victims. Use your best judgment and stay calm, keep breathing, and focus on the road.

    Choose Your Stopping Place

    At its extreme, road rage can lead to drivers who follow you in hopes of yelling at you later. If you must stop shortly after a road rage incident, make sure that you aren't alone when you get out of your vehicle. Choose your stopping place carefully! A busy truck stop or gas station is a better choice than a deserted alternative. If possible, keep driving: your route is probably longer than the distance the raging driver plans on driving. Road rage is inevitable when you're a trucker who's out on the road for most of your workday. Trucking school can make a difference in your future career plans. One of the many benefits of truck driving school is learning how to keep your cool and stay out of road rage incidents.
    Contact United States Truck Driving School today for more help with learning how to manage life as a truck driver!
     
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    Making the Holiday Season Merry & Bright

    Buying Christmas presents for anybody can be difficult, especially when they won’t give any hints about what they want. Truckers, however, can use a lot of different things to make their trips more interesting and comfortable. We’ve outlined four types of gift ideas that any trucker would find useful while out on the road:

    Comfort & Sleep Items

    This may be one of the most important things for a trucker to have. Without sufficient sleep, driving can be dangerous and unmanageable. Items such as comfortable sheets, a blanket (or, better yet, an electric blanket!) are things that every trucker would love to use on their trips.

    Toiletries

    A simple shower kit can be so helpful because it makes it easy for truckers to get in and out of the shower facility as quickly as possible. These include soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream and razors. Shower kits can be found at all kinds of stores.

    Entertainment

    After parking, listening to the news and watching Netflix can get old. Get him or her a few movies in the trucking genre! These include: Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Convoy (1978), Black Dog (1998) & Over the Top (1987). These are classics that your trucker will love!

    Appliances for the Truck

    This is so helpful for everyone who gets tired of eating out all of the time. Having a compact microwave or mini refrigerator is a game changer because it allows you to have fresh food without paying a restaurant! Whatever you decide to get for your loved one, they will love it because it represents time and thought that you put into it. Are you (or someone you know) interested in learning more about CDL training? Contact us today and have your questions answered.
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    How Women Became a Key Part of the Trucking Industry

    Updated March 2020 Trucking can sometimes be thought of as a “man’s” profession, but women have played a key role in its success. Below, we took a look at some of the pioneering women in trucking who shaped the industry according to the United States Department of Transportation:

    Alice Huyler Ramsey

    At just 22-years-old, Alice Huyler Ramsey became the first woman to drive coast-to-coast in 1909. Ramsey went on to found the Women’s Motoring Club.

    Luella Bates

    In 1918, Luella Bates began working for the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company as a test driver during World War I. She drove a Model B truck and continued on after the war as a demonstrator and driver. In January of 1920, Bates became the first woman to receive a driver’s license in the state of New York. Later that year, Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. sent Bates around the country to show everyone women could drive trucks. Bates became the poster child for women truck drivers during the era.

    Lillie Elizabeth Drennan

    Lillie Elizabeth Drennan earned her CDL (commercial driver’s license) in 1929. She later went on to run her own trucking company, Drennan Truck Line. Drennan overcame a hearing impairment that nearly stopped her from getting her license, but after arguing her case and fighting against “sex bias”, she was granted her license.

    Mazie Lanham

    In 1943, Mazie Lanham became the first woman driver for UPS. Lanham started the trend of hiring women for these types of jobs because of the shortage of men during World War II and it continued after the war was over. From the time that motor vehicles started taking the place of the horse and carriage, women have been pushing for progress in gender equality. You can follow in their footsteps and become a truck driver! Learn how you can earn your CDL at United States Truck Driving School. Give us a call at 303-848-8443 to get started!
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