I know there are a few people who have shown interest in becoming truck drivers, however, they have no idea what type of truck they want to drive, or the kind of freight they want to carry. If you are a complete novice when it comes to truck types, then there are a number of ways to gather information on truck types. Some of these approaches include:
- Using the Internet – the Internet is great, and you’ll gain a lot of information, however, pictures and words are not quite as good as the real thing.
- Observation – you could go and stand on the highway for a couple of hours watching the trucks go by. You will see a lot of different truck types, however, they will be at a distance, and they will be on the move, so again, not ideal.
- Trucking companies – if you’re lucky, a trucking company or truck driver will show them some of the trucks they use each day, however, don’t be surprised if you get the cold shoulder – they are busy and don’t always have time for ‘education’ tours.
- Trucking shows – there are several trucking shows conducted each year, and if you get a chance, get along to one. These shows are a fantastic place to get up close and personal to trucks – and you will find a wide range of trucks on show. You can often talk to truck drivers as well if you want more information on truck driving. Some of the bigger shows include the Mid America Trucking Show, which has just finished in Louisville, KY. Great West Truck Show will be held in Las Vegas, and this year it runs from May 30 to June 1. The Great American Trucking Show will be held in Dallas, TX from August 22 to August 25.
Training schools– you can also visit a truck driver training school. There you will see a range of trucks, and these are generally the types of trucks that are best suited to new drivers.
If you can’t get along to a trucking show, then give Diesel Truck Driver Training School a phone call. We’ll be happy to show you around some of our trucks – you can even sit in the driver’s seat to get a feel for the job.