Have you ever been curious about the trucking lifestyle?
Have you ever thought, “I bet driving a truck would be a lot of fun!”Have you ever gotten tired of annoying people who ask you too many questions in large, bold font? Yeah. Me too.
Well you’ve come to the right place. Trucking Life is written by an 20-year veteran truck driver who got tired of hearing about newbies who came into the trucking industry with unrealistic expectations, causing them to be about as happy as a dog without a tongue. That’s because they didn’t bother to find out what the trucking industry is really like before they enrolled at a truck driving school.
I’ve been driving for about 35 years and found it entertaining enough to read all the way through, so you don’t have to be a “newbie” to enjoy it. ~ Daniel S. Bridger’s Trucking Blog
Okay. According to everything I’ve read, I’m now supposed to make some bold statement about my product, so here goes.
Reading or listening to Trucking Life won’t make you a million bucks by this afternoon. It won’t let you make piles of cash by working only six measly hours a week. It won’t even help you improve your sex life. However, as a disclaimer, if for some strange reason this book does cause any, ahem, “symptoms” that last long longer than four hours, please seek medical attention. Or your significant other… fast.
Started to read the book and couldn’t put it down…well there went my only day of this week to work in the yard. ~ iBooks reviewer, D11 truckerjack
What exactly can Trucking Life do for you?
If you’re considering truck driving as a career, Trucking Life can help you decide whether it’s right for you and your family before you waste a lot of time, money, and effort “trying it out.” Even if you only have a passing interest in the trucking lifestyle, this book will satisfy your curiosity.
I wish this book was out when I first started driving a truck because I have fallen into some of the same mistakes that Todd talks about in the book. This book has great tips and advice that cover more than just trucking. ~ Trucker Dump listener, Steven G.
Trucking Life describes what it’s like to be a trucker.
Unlike many books covering this topic, I wanted to make this fun for the reader. Trucking Life has a conversational tone, using a light-hearted mix of stories from the road, opinions, facts, helpful tips, and some other random stuff that I like to call humor. You’ll have to be the judge of that. Just don’t ask The Evil Overlord’s opinion on the subject. As my wife of over 20 years and co-driver for nine, she’s already heard everything funny I’ve ever had to say and would just as soon stuff a dirty sock in my yapper than listen to me trying to crack another funny.
Best trucking book yet! This book was an awesome, in-depth look at the industry, and Todd McCann has a hilarious writing style. I can’t wait for his second book!!! ~ Amazon reviewer, Geek Dad’s Computer Service
The trucking industry and it’s lifestyle have both good and bad points.
The problem is, what’s good for one person might not be good for another. Likewise, what you might hate about the job, someone else might love. So how do you know if you’ll like truck driving?
You get the facts about trucking. And you get them from someone who won’t sugar-coat it like a Krispy Kreme.
There are many folks in this industry who stand to gain from your decision to pursue a truck driving career. Trucking company recruiters and websites that help you find a job are a couple that come to mind. Both have their purposes, but I wouldn’t ask either of them for an honest opinion about trucking any more than I’d ask a caveman how to properly display a basket of potpourri… not that I’d want to know such a thing. Even other truck drivers can benefit financially from convincing you to become a truck driver.
A must read/listen for new or aspiring drivers! Todd shares a wealth of useful information for truckers and anyone else interested in the industry, particularly aspiring and new drivers. ~ Amazon reviewer
So… you many be asking, “Why should I trust you? You’re a stinkin’ truck driver!”
That’s a good question. Primarily, it’s because of the unbiased opinion laid out in the book. I don’t love driving a truck for a living, but I certainly don’t hate everything about it either. I’ve definitely had my share of bad days out here on the road, but I managed to keep my mood from interfering with my writing. Just as important, I have no real financial incentive to convince you to drive a truck (other than the pittance you may wind up plopping down for this book).
Many trucking companies offer truckers a $250,$500, or more “driver recruiting” bonus for attracting drivers to their company. Since I’m not going to tell you which company I work for, nor am I going to recommend any specific trucking companies, it would be hard for me to collect any cash if you decide to enter the trucking industry. Furthermore, I don’t really care if you become a truck driver or not. That’s your decision, not mine. Only you and your family can make that choice.
What topics are discussed in the book?
You may have noticed that there are many similar books on the market. While some read like a bad romance novel, others are pretty darn good. But they all have one major problem; they don’t go deep enough to explain what it’s really like to work in the trucking industry. Well, you have no fear of that with Trucking Life.
If you were to print this puppy out on standard printer paper, you’d have yourself 200 pages of trucker goodness, covering such topics as:
• How much money can you make?
• Who makes a good trucker?
• What’s it like to drive a big rig?
• Can you be away from home?
• How will you handle downtime on the road?
• How does your home time work?
• Can you handle the long driving hours?
• What’s it like to sleep in the truck?
• What about health issues?
• What about personal hygiene?
• How are women truckers treated?
• What are the job qualifications?
• Will I have job security?
These are just some of the questions that will be answered for you. If you read about all these things and decide truck driving may work for you, you’ll need to know the process of becoming a truck driver, so it also covers:
• Choosing and attending a driving school
• Finding a great job
• Going to orientation class
• Hitting the road with a trainer
• A day in the life of a trucker (a play-by-play of three days of trucking)
McCann’s clearly spent time and energy organizing the book as an effective introduction to the world of long-distance trucking, capturing his whimsical and sometimes sarcastically humorous voice in a bevy of unreleased material. ~ Todd Dills, Senior Editor of Overdrive Magazine
You may have noticed that I didn’t mention anything about owning and operating your own truck. That’s because I’ve always been a company driver. So if you’re looking for information on starting your own one-man trucking company, you’re in the wrong place.
Speaking of my credentials…
If you care in the least, my name is Todd McCann, and I’ve driven the big rigs since 1997. I’ve also been doing the Trucker Dump podcast/blog since 2009 and I was the staff blogger for TruckerMagazine.com before they got bought out (probably due to my sic writing skillz) and shut down (not my fault, I’m sure). So while I’m not a trained writer or speaker, you can see that I’m not some slacker that would put out an ebook full of typos or record an audiobook with truck engines roaring in the background. Enough about me though. (full bio here)
Okay. Now you’re thinking, “C’mon, Dorkopotamus, out with it! How much?”
Sure, you could jump into this industry without my help. If you do, you may even discover that you absolutely love it. However, you could also wind up wishing you had your old job back if you decide that truck driving stinks worse than a construction site port-a-potty in August. So, I ask you…
Is $9.99 too much to spend on your future?
Here’s the deal. Changing jobs can get expensive quick. There’s the loss of wages while you attend trucking school. There’s the cost of the school itself (although it’s possible to attend without paying upfront). What about the insecurity of not having medical insurance during the job swap, or if you choose to hold onto your current insurance, the outrageous cost of COBRA insurance plans? Is $9.99 too much to pay to possibly avoid a job that you might wind up hating?
Now let’s say you read the book and you think trucking sounds like a great career for you. That’s just fan-tab-u-lous. In that case, you just invested a whopping $9.99 to discover a great job that could start out at $40,000-$50,000 per year!
Yes, I realize that $9.99 will go a long way toward that Corona that’s on sale this weekend, but can’t you just suck on some limes instead? It’s only one weekend, for Pete’s sake.
One more thing. I’m well aware that most of the other books like this are cheaper than mine. Why is that? Well, not only is Trucking Life more detailed, but there is also a FREE AUDIOBOOK VERSION INCLUDED! How many of the other guys can say that?
I’ve only just begun listening to the audiobook but I love it already, his writing style is very easy to read & understand but also very funny. Do yourself a favor & download this book, It’ll be the best $10 you’ve spent in a great while. ~ iBooks reviewer, Holden657
Since I’m a try-before-you-buy kinda guy, I’ll tell you what I’ll do…
Why don’t you go ahead and check out a free sample of the book or have a listen to an audiobook sample to see if you can tolerate my annoying voice. If you like what you see or hear, give me your dough. If not, well, being an author isn’t my primary job so I’m sure I won’t have to resort to scavenging the dumpsters for my next meal.
The text version of Trucking Life is available in many formats so you’ll be able to read it on your computer, phone, tablet, or eReader.
Some formats work better than others for certain devices so be sure you download the correct version. If you want the best reading experience, I would suggest going for the EPUB (Apple iBooks, Nook device or apps) or MOBI (Kindle device or apps) versions.
The audiobook version is in a format called M4B.
Anything made by Apple will play M4B files natively. Windows users may need to download the free VLC app to listen on your computer. Android users can find many free audiobook players through Google Play or the Amazon App Store, while Windows Phone users have good free options through the Windows Phone store. The audiobook is 9 hours 15 minutes in length and is read by the author. Hey, that’s me!
If you want to go ahead and order the book so I’ll shut my pie-hole, you’ll find links to all the places you can order it below. If you need more details about each format, check out the FAQ page. And remember…
Every text version you buy comes with instructions on how to download your free audiobook version!
You’ll find the link for the free audiobook in the Appendix at the back of each book. And please be careful about downloading the book if you’re not on free Wi-Fi! It’s almost 270 MB!
Order now! You know you want to.
If you don’t see your favorite retailer above, simply to go their website and search for “Trucking Life” to see if it’s available.