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December 3, 2017

Supplement Truck Driving School with YouTube

You’re in truck driving school, working hard and paying attention to what your instructors are teaching. You make it to all of your sessions, you’re going to stick it out until the end. You know that doing it right is the key being prepared for your CDL exam.

But did you know you could do even more? If you’re that kind of trucking school student you may also be looking for ways to supplement your driving instruction and practice. One way to do that is to immerse yourself in the trucking culture outside of class. That might mean finding other truck drivers, making friends with them, and learning about trucking from them.

However, there can be a more modern way of doing things. Try the Internet. There are endless resources for truck drivers and trucking students looking to increase their knowledge base, learn new things about their industry, or just give themselves a little refresher course.

One good way of doing that is hitting YouTube. Many in the trucking community have set up their own channels where they can share their expertise with you.

 

Topics range from things as diverse as how to handle the truck safely to the advantages and disadvantages of being a truck driver. There are plenty of ideas on how to reduce back pain and stay healthy as a truck driver. There are even a number of videos you can use for inspirational and instructional purposes.

For many of these sites, they are part of a larger community of websites, blogs, message boards, and social media. This is where people with an interest in trucking have banded together for the common good.

If you have been looking to dive more into in trucking culture, you may be familiar with groups adding trucking videos with truckers and students in mind. Here are a few of them.

Allie Knight: With more than 28,000 subscribers, Allie Knight offers a view into the life of a woman in the trucking industry, offering videos that play out more like a video journal of her time as a truck driver than an instructional routine. Still, she occasionally takes questions from her subscribers, and offers a valuable perspective on trucking.

Trucker Josh Vlog: Trucker Josh is a Canadian trucker who travels with his dog Diesel, who offers slice-of-life vids on the daily intricacies of the business, including interacting with commenters and offering shout-outs while doing things like laundry on the day off, lamenting the price of fuel, and visiting landmarks on his journeys. He also charts his progress on the map

Ike Stephens: Offering a more opinionated approach to trucking vloggers, Ike Stephens offers the some of the same on-the-job observations as other drivers, but also has a section called “Bonehead Truckers” where he calls out drivers who are behaving badly. The variety of content Stephens provides can be a tremendous advantage to truckers, and offers a voice of the industry that many truckers believe to be valuable.

Exploring the content of a variety of sources representing the trucking community could be a resource for trucking students and offer them exposure to their industry. It’s one way to help absorb the rules, regulations, and terminology associated with the job, and helping get into the “trucking mindset.”