New CDL Holders

New CDL Holders

Starting out in a competitive and ever-changing industry like trucking can be daunting. From finding the right job to staying up to date on the newest technology and trends, there are many resources that exist to support new CDL holders every step of the way.  


Keep reading to find out the organizations, communities, and online resources that can provide valuable assistance and guidance to new CDL holders as they navigate their career in the trucking industry.  


Research Online Forums & Industry Websites 

Some of the most trusted resources for drivers across the world are online forums where truckers share their experiences, ask safety questions, and seek job advice from fellow drivers. For new CDL holders, online forums can be a great place to start learning about the ins and outs of the industry from more seasoned drivers.  


Popular forums like Trucking Truth and Truckers Report both offer conversations between real, experienced drivers, as well as access to training opportunities, CDL job listings, and the latest industry updates. Forums provide a space to discuss a wide range of topics, from safety tips for female drivers to the benefits of carrying certain freight.  


Social media platforms like Facebook, Reddit, and LinkedIn also host numerous groups and forums dedicated to trucking. These online communities are the perfect place for drivers to ask questions, share advice, and connect with others in the industry. 


Trucking news-based websites are another great resource for drivers looking to find out more about the industry. CDLLife is a popular site for transportation-related news, entertainment stories, and a truckers-only social media platform offered through the CDLLife mobile app 


Many drivers use the website FreightWaves for information on supply chain logistics and new trends in transportation. FreightWaves also promotes exclusive podcast and video content to entertain drivers and discuss frequently asked questions and trucking subject topics.  


Join Trucking Associations 

Another option for new CDL holders looking to find community and access to resources is to join a trucking association.  


Trucking associations are a great way to connect with other drivers from around the country while learning more about legislation and news affecting the entire industry. Many of these associations actively lobby on behalf of the industry, advocating for favorable legislation and regulations that benefit truck drivers and trucking companies. 


Many trucking associations also offer educational resources and training programs to help new drivers improve their skills, stay updated on industry best practices, and meet regulatory requirements. Additionally, some trucking associations offer members access to exclusive discount programs on products and services such as fuel, insurance, vehicle maintenance, and roadside assistance.  


The American Trucking Associations (ATA), which is the largest and one of the most well-known trade associations in the industry, is actually the national-level affiliate of numerous state organizations. The ATA collaborates with state trucking associations across the nation that work closely with local trucking companies, drivers, and other industry stakeholders.  


The Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) is another prominent trucking association that is specifically dedicated to representing the interests of independent owner-operators and small fleet owners. OOIDA fosters a strong sense of community among its members by providing a platform for networking, mentorship, and mutual support. 


For underrepresented members of the trucking industry, associations can also offer an opportunity for support, community, and career advancement. Women In Trucking is a fast-growing nonprofit that is committed to promoting gender diversity and equality within the trucking industry. By becoming a member, drivers can gain access to a supportive network of like-minded individuals, mentorship opportunities, and professional development resources tailored to the unique experiences and challenges faced by women in trucking.  



For new CDL holders, it is essential to seek out communities that will support you and provide the resources needed to succeed in the trucking industry. 


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