By Brad - Tuesday 8 Jul 9:32 am
Being a truck driver involves riding in a truck for long periods of time. Whether you have a local truck driving job or an over the road truck driving job, you spend a lot of time in your truck and this can be quite boring at times.
Fortunately, there are great electronic gadgets that offer entertainment for when you are on the road in your truck driving job.
Portable DVD players are becoming more and more affordable, and although these are not a good idea for when you are driving, your driving team partner will appreciate the opportunity to kick back and relax while watching a movie during their off shift.
CB radios are a timeless trucker gadget, and a must have for anyone with a truck driving job that keeps you on the road for hours on end. A CB radio allows a truck driver to stay up to date with current traffic and weather conditions, as well as connect with other CB radio users to ‘chat’.
Satellite radio is the new and modern must have for anyone with a truck driving job! Avoid commercials, and listen only to the music that you want to listen to. Sirius, the original satellite radio source, is still the best satellite radio to use.
Radar detectors are a helpful way to protect yourself from certain hassles associated with a truck driving job. Drive safely, and be prepared with a radar detector. Check out Radar Busters, one of the leading manufacturers of high quality, trust worthy radar detectors starting at just over $100.
Of all the cool electronics that are a must have for truck drivers, nothing can beat a laptop computer. Owning a laptop computer allows you to store and bring all of your favorite music to listen to.
Other benefits of bringing a laptop on the road come with the advantage of the increasing wi-fi hot spots popping up all over the place. Connecting to the internet from anywhere provides a variety of entertainment.
More importantly, the internet allows a truck driver to stay connected with family and friends when you are on the road for a long period of time.
The best part is that using your laptop computer to record your logs in allows you to use the computer as a tax write off for your truck driving job!
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By Brad - Friday 4 Jul 10:51 am
Choosing trucking for a career is already a step towards maximizing your earning potential, and once you make that decision there are only 5 simple steps to insure that you will be well compensated for your hard work.
1.) Be prepared before applying for your first job as a truck driver.
Don’t receive your training from a company that provides training for new recruits. Instead, invest the time and money by attending a reputable training school to receive your special licenses and certification before searching for a job. This way, when you initially apply for a truck driving job, you will automatically receive a fatter paycheck if you have already completed training (as opposed to the ‘company sponsored training’).
2.) Complete as many training programs as possible.
The more certifications and licenses you acquire, the more work opportunities you will be qualified for. Having a choice of truck driving jobs gives you a choice of higher income potential.
3.) Seek out reputable trucking companies.
A truck driving job for a well known company, such as UPS or Mclane, will always pay more than a smaller company. The bigger the company name, the bigger your paycheck. Also, never settle into a company when there is a better paying opportunity out there. With any job, you should always be on the look out for a chance to “move up”.
4.) Invest in your own truck.
Despite the regular maintenance that comes with owning your own truck, being an owner operator gives you more freedom as a truck driver. You can ‘lease out your truck’, or you can use it yourself and work several truck driving jobs.
5.) Be flexible.
‘Local’ truck driving jobs are great because they allow you to return home nightly and still make a truckers income. But if you want the maximum income for a trucker, it’s the long haul jobs that pay the best. Although you’ll be gone for weeks at a time, you will be well compensated for your time.
Interstate truck driving jobs often involve a ‘team’, or two people that alternate shifts operating the same truck. It is not uncommon for a husband and wife to partner up for a long haul drive, and the longer you are gone on the road the less money you will spend. The longer that your route is, the bigger your income will be.
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