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TRUCK DRIVER

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ASSOCIATIONS

American Trucking Associations, Inc.
2200 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-1700
Web site: http://www.truckline.com
A national organization that works to assure safe roads and laws that aid drivers.

Professional Truck Driver Institute
2200 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-8842
Web site: http://www.ptdi.org
This is a nonprofit organization to certify appropriate truck driving courses taught nationwide.

WEB SITES

Canada Trade
http://www.tradeport.org/ts/countries/canada/isa/isar0024.html
Offers an in-depth look at the trucking business in Canada, including job outlook and qualifications.

Monster.com
http://jobprofiles.monster.com
The truck driver profile offers a brief look at the career with links to related fields and current job opportunities.

Trucker Weather
http://www.truckerweather.com">http://www.truckerweather.com
A chance for truckers to check weather conditions along the route, with up to forty meteorologists on staff.

TruckingInfo.com
http://www.truckinginfo.com
A general purpose Web site with news, tips, and information for drivers.

Truckline
http://www.truckline.com/safetynet/drivers/careers.html
Offers a good look at the career paths in this field, including tips on looking for jobs and driving schools.

BOOKS

Byrnes, Mike, and associates. Bumper to Bumper: The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations, 3rd edition. Tempe, AZ: Mike Byrnes & Assoc., 1997.

The nuts and bolts of how trucks work are explored in this book.

Professional Truck Drivers Institute. Trucking: Tractor-Trailer Driver Handbook/Workbook. Elk Grove, CA: Delmar Publishers. 1997.

A lot of the basics in handling a truck are covered in this volume.

Scharnberg, Ken. Opportunities in Trucking Careers. Chicago: VGM Career Horizons, 1999.

A good survey for those keenly interested in the field. The book covers careers, training, selecting a vehicle, and more.

Smith, John G. Big Rigs. New York: Book Sales, 1999.

A photographic look at the truck, critically acclaimed by those who drive them.

Woltman, Jeffrey, and Sheena Petitt Woltman. Trucking Simplified (Tools and Strategies for Running a Successful Trucking Operation). Kapaa, HI: Boogaloo Press, 2000.

For those who want to start a company, large or small, this book offers strategies and tips.

PERIODICALS

Land Line Magazine
1 OOIDA Drive NW
Grain Valley, MO 64029
(800) 444-5791
Web site: http://www.landlinemag.com
A print and online magazine for all truck drivers.

Overdrive
(800) 633-5953
Web site: http://www.etrucker.com/default.asp?magid=1
For all truck drivers.

Today's Trucking
New Communications Group Inc.
130 Belfield Road
Etobicoke, ON M9W 1G1
Canada
(416) 614-2200
Web site: http://www.todaystrucking.com
A Canadian magazine for truck drivers. Available in print or online.

Truckers News
Web site: http://www.etrucker.com/default.asp?magid=2
This magazine is aimed at long-distance drivers. It also has an online version.

FOR FUN

Smokey and the Bandit, 1977, available from Universal Home Video.

Burt Reynolds and Jerry Reed are hauling a load against an impossible deadline with Sheriff Jackie Gleason right behind them. This funny film typifies the fraternity of drivers on the highways.

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