Article written by: LHB Prez Sancho
STOP RIGHT THERE TRUCK DRIVER!
Welcome to LHB's FREE Online Truck Driving School of Hardknocks!
Whether you are thinking about going to a Truck Driving School to get your Class A CDL or if you've been driving 18 wheel semi trucks for the past few years, after you read this website in its entirety I will promise you 1 thing:
I promise that you will learn the “Truth about the Trucking Industry” and that you will be able to make educated decisions moving forward in your truck driving career.
Knowledge is Power!
2 1/2 yrs after I received my class A CDL. I became a single truck owner operator rolling in a manual 18 speed Peterbilt with paper log sheets flying out the window.
With the help and advice from my many mentors, I was able to expand into 3 trucks with 3 company drivers while pulling 4 reefer trailers and earned over $500,000 gross after only 1 1/5 years as an owner operator.
While doing all of this I aquired about 30k truck driving fans on Facebook that encouraged me along the way. Feel free to like the page as well by following this link https://www.facebook.com/longhaulbandit/
I have appeared as a guest speaker on a couple trucking podcast shows including an interview with Buck at [truckingpodcast.com] and another interview with Troy and Ruthanne at [TALKCDL.com].
Would you say I'm qualified to educate anyone?
No?! Well me neither! So good luck with your career! Ha ha I'm just kidding!
Now on a serious note, If you've NEVER had your Class A CDL or maybe you've only been driving an 18 wheeler for a few years, I am going to be YOUR BEST FRIEND that helps you along your journey in becoming a Professional Truck Driver.
About LHB's Truck Driving School of Hardknocks:
Are you actually sticking around to read the rest? Well all be damned...
There might actually still be hope for us truck drivers after all...
I would like to start off by making sure you are not confused about my website before we go any further.
Let's find out if this is the right website for you.
Are you about to sign any paperwork to attend a truck driving school or a contract to have your schooling paid for by a trucking company?
SLOW DOWN and PAY ATTENTION!
School recruiters and trucking company recruiters will lie to you without losing an ounce of sleep!
All they care about is bringing on enough drivers to meet their monthly quota to get a fat bonus on their paycheck!
Some companies even pay their recruiters an additional bonus if you stay with them over 6 months!
LHB's FREE Online Truck Driving School of Hardknocks is NOT designed to replace any "in person" truck driving school.
LHB's Hardknocks Truck Driving School was put together for 3 main purposes:
The first purpose is to WARN YOU about your journey.
If you lack knowledge and foresight on this path to a trucking career then you risk the chance of finding yourself trapped in some very bad deals and in some cases, stranded on the side of the road thousands of miles from home.
I've seen this happen countless times.
Let's be honest, IF you have never had your CDL... YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET.
SLOW YOUR ROLL.
Do not rush into it.
You will live.
The second purpose is to ensure your safety OTR (Over The Road) by teaching you tips and tricks from our mentors.
Finally the third purpose is to help guide you along the way in your truck driving career. Whether you want to just be a company driver, a lease operator, an owner operator, or if you want to go balls out and become a trucking carrier.
No matter what your goal is LHB Truck Driving School of Hardknocks will present you information that you will find no where else.
Truck Driving Schools are so overwhelmed by the amount of information they need to teach you to pass the CDL Test, that they have to leave out tons of basic information such as;
"Truck Driver Etiquette", the basic "Do's and Don'ts" of the road, more importantly, "How to not get your ass kicked by another driver" because you didn't know the "unspoken rules of truckers", along with countless other life saving lessons.
I can only hope that you take your journey into the trucking industry very seriously.
The truth is that truck drivers die everyday in extremely horrific accidents.
So I'm going to ask you a very serious question...
Will YOU be another statistic that ends up as a blood stain on the road like so many of my fellow brothers and sisters already have?
I sure hope not.
I don't wish that on anyone.
NOW, do I have your FULL ATTENTION?
Truck Driving is NOT a joke and you better start realizing that real quick.
Your CDL is the last thing you should be concerned about right now if you don't know the basics.
Educate yourself before you go to the trucking school near you.
I've only traveled 450,000 miles in the last 4 years, yet I've seen so many dead bodies torn to pieces on the road that it doesn't even shock me anymore.
Once you become a trucker you become part of a family, "The LHB Family".
The Long Haulin' Banditz family is a community of real truck drivers, world wide dedicated to educating student drivers the ways of the road, free of harassment.
LHB doesn't stop at education, we also offer a lending ear and advice to those suffering from depression.
Trucking isn't easy, and it will test your mental health, but with a community of people in your corner it makes the long trips home a little easier.
So many truck driving students are getting screwed every single day. If I can save YOU from being brainwashed by the endless lies from; mega carriers, DOT, and FMCSA, while providing you knowledge that will impact your career and even save your life, than I will sleep a lot better tonight.
What I offer you is priceless.
I offer you KNOWLEDGE from LHB's FREE and PAINLESS "School of HARDKNOX".
Not only do I offer you my own personal experiences, but more importantly, I offer you the experiences from 100's of my old school outlaw mentors.
After driving an 18 wheeler for 10 years did you know that you will have driven close to 1,000,000 miles?!
Now multiply that number times 100 old school truckers that have been driving for over 20 years EACH!
I bring to you LHB's driver's knowledge, on top of their dad's knowledge, on top of their granddad's knowledge... etc.
Are you starting to grasp my point?
Would you agree that is an insane amount of knowledge backed by experience?
That's over 200 million miles of experience at your finger tips!
You can find the info needed to pass your CDL test anywhere.
You won't find this information anywhere and that is how our school stands out.
So as I said earlier, the information I have to offer you is priceless.
The only question is this:
Do you want to be part of the problem in trucking or would you rather be part of the solution?
Of course you want to be part of the solution!
THE SOLUTION is LHB and LHB NEEDS YOU!
LHB is here for YOU.
Truck Drivers World Wide.
Helpless we stand divided.
Harmonic we stand together.
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1) Please click the 3 dots above on your browser toolbar and add your new favorite website to the home screen on your phone, tablet, or desktop,
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Let's face it, at this point you've probably realized I'm the real deal and I'm about to blow your socks off with an overwhelming amount of information about the trucking industry.
I recommend coming back at least once a month to check for any upcoming events or updates.
Don't forget to check out the music playlists, videos, and podcasts that I have available as well.
Let's begin and thank you for sharing my website to 1 of your trucking groups on social media.
Hardknocks Free Online Truck Driving School Lesson 1
Need money to attend Truck Driving School 101
Did you always dream about being a truck driver or are you a little more like me with a trail of burnt bridges fogging up the windows to your future?
No matter what your answer is most of us arrive to the same problem once we decide to pursue a trucking career.
That problem is the large amount of money needed to attend a CDL training course.
Pursuing a trucking career is a great way to change your life and help move the world. The average truck driving salary is $40,000 starting as a rookie. Who can be that entry level?
But if you are living in a car the way I was when I decided to get my Class A CDL, $5,000 was a ton of money!
Hell, even today it's still a ton of money.
For starters I began my journey as a truck driver just as most of you did or are about to.
I was broke, discouraged, wondering what the hell I was going to do with the rest of my life, and to top it off I had to deal with a crazy ass ex.
Does that sound like you just a little bit?
If so we have a little bit in common already! I think we are off to a great start!
I'm writing this to share the solutions I found that enabled me and a lot of other people I know, the opportunity to begin their Truck Driving Career.
I will present you 4 solutions to getting the money you need to pay for an accredited truck driving school of your choice.
The 4th solution is actually a problem disguised as a solution.
Beware because if the first 3 options don't work the recruiters from the truck driving schools and the mega carriers will make it seem like it's AN AMAZING OFFER while trying to shove it down your throat all day long.
If you HAVE to take option #4, at least you will actually know what to expect so you don't find yourself 6 months down the road with your first truck driving company saying, "I wish someone would've told me!".
1) If you have decent credit try getting a loan from a bank. Duh. (The bank laughed at me, but you never know unless you try.)
2) If you are a Veteran seeking a career as a truck driver go to the VA and ask about the GI Bill, or anything they might have to offer.
One of my family members was successful with this option and had 100% of his CDL Training paid for with no strings attached.
3) If you can't do the first two options go to your state government building that deals with “educational grants” and apply.
When you show up to the building to apply for your grant be specific with them about your needs, tell them you NEED to get your Class A drivers license but you need CDL training at your local truck driving school to start your new career as a truck driver.
Educational Grants otherwise known as, Student Grants, can vary from 10% to 100% the cost of your CDL Training.
If you are approved they will pay the school directly and they will follow up with you once a month to verify whether or not you started working yet and once you are they will call you once a month to see if you are still employed.
They will ask you to send in payroll stubs as proof of employment.
If I remember correctly they only followed up with me for about 6 months.
I got my grant for 100%, but I had to put in a lot of leg work to get it done and it took almost a month.
Talk to your CDL Class Director for more info about grants, in fact He or She probably knows the phone number for the people you would need to call to get your Student Grant.
Note* You will need to apply to multiple truck driving companies and ask for a "letter of intent to hire" before applying for the state's truck driving grant, this is very common.
Believe it or not the more broke you are, the better the chance you have of getting it fully approved.
The state doesn't want you leaching off of society so they tend to help those in desperate need a lot quicker.
Be sure to go in with a smile and be persistent, and remember laziness will get you nowhere.
4) Now I'm going to crack a lot of eggs with this option but I'm not on anyone's payroll so I don't really care.
Some trucking companies, typically your mega carriers (100+ trucks OTR), offer to pay the $5k for your truck driving school IF you sign a contract to drive for them for 6 months to a year if not longer.
The problem is they have the nerve to cut your pay way below .40 a mile for a very long time, so while you are risking your life everyday OTR, you have to do so while living off peanuts and Top Ramon just to finish out your contract.
- But Sancho, they helped me out and I have to pay them back no matter how long it takes! I'm okay with eating peanuts for 6 months!
I totally agree with you. You should pay them back. That's what honorable and respectable truckers do, but let's look at how you are getting screwed...
When you are out there working, the one thing you will never be told is this:
The amount of money the load you are pulling is actually being paid to your company. This is where it gets interesting.
The average load in 2019 pays about 2.00+ a mile give or take .25, but keep in mind I've seen loads up to $10 mile but that's pretty rare and it's mostly military contract stuff, or heavy haul, but that's a whole other topic and not nearly as profitable as it sounds, so let's just focus on that $2 RPM (Rate Per Mile) for now okay?
Let's say you pull a 2,500 mile load of freight in your semi truck in 1 week (FYI 2.5k miles per week OTR is very average) that's $5,000 gross your company just made for that week correct?
Technically yes, well at least that's what they will have to claim on their taxes, but out of that $5k comes A LOT of business expenses right?
So let's add them up shall we?
First off every trucking companies biggest expense is always the fuel.
If you drive 2,500 miles in a wk and your big rig gets 7 mpg that is close to 357 gallons of diesel fuel.
Now we multiply 357 gallons by the avg price of diesel at the pump. In 2018 the avg price was around $3.
So $3 x 357 gallons = -$1,071.42
Avg Truck Payment = -$700/wk (many variables)
Avg Truck Ins = -$350/wk (many variables)
Avg Truck Maintenance = -$400/wk (many variables)
Avg Annual Permits = -$100/wk (many variables)
Driver Pay @ .40 cpm (cents per mile) x 2500 miles = -$1,000
Factoring (This is a process used to get paid quickly on the BOL's (Bill of Ladings) turned in.
BTW - NEVER EVER LOSE A BOL. If you lose 1 of those don't even expect to get paid.
You better hold onto those BOL's like they are a $1,000 bill.
Anyways Factoring is normally 4% of the total gross $5,000 x 4% = -$200
(There are a few more expenses but at this point we will be nickel and diming)
So we started with $5,000 dollars right?
Well looks like we are left with only $1,178.
Now multiply that number times 100 trucks.
How much money did that trucking company actually PROFIT just for that 1 week?
$500,000 gross and after expenses they profited right about $117,800 THAT WEEK.
So with those numbers you actually paid them back in 5 solid work weeks.
But wait... YOU AREN'T GETTING PAID .40 MY FRIEND! NO NO NO! You my friend will only be earning .29 cpm - .35 cpm.
You actually paid them back completely in 3 weeks if not LESS. LOL
You smell that? Ya that's the fresh scent of Big Daddy Mega Carrier standing behind while you have your pants around your ankles.
I told you I was going to educate you didn't I?
Basically what I'm telling you is this, after you drive for a max of 1 month for them you've already paid them their $5k back.
Don't even get me started on becoming a lease operator...
You know why most truck driving companies have an extremely high turnover rate? Because no one will tell you the truth.
You are just a number.
Insurance sees you as a liability, your company sees you as a pawn, your dispatcher sees you as a crybaby.
Any truck driving company that tells you to get a contract with them has no concern for your well being at all.
I've seen guys that drove for 1 company for 10+ years and got fired for 1 tiny accident.
Oh and BTW guess who got a FAT REFERRAL BONUS for signing you on to their company, your Truck Driving School.
Now does it make any sense why you might have seen some recruiter come into your truck driving school talking about how awesome his company is during your cdl training class and handing out a bunch of business cards?
Ahhhh I see said the blind man...
(Disclosure not all trucking companies are slimy but more than likely the place you are thinking about going to probably is.)
Now here's a positive note about the school and the trucking company.
If you have no other option to get your Class A CDL and you can honestly say you tried every other route necessary then by all means, get the contract.
You can learn just enough to get your CDL license from a truck driving school, but dont expect to learn much more than that.
Don't worry, you'll survive and our LHB Family will help you along the way.
Now maybe some of you are having this bright idea... "Sancho! I will just go drive for a small trucking company with only 3 - 20 trucks!"
Well, friend the truth is most small trucking carrier's insurance will not allow them to employ any student drivers.
So unfortunately you will have to do your time like the rest of us did. I served my 2 years with a mega carrier and then I moved on. Now you will have to serve your 2 years as well.
Once you have those 2 years served under your belt and you kept a clean driving record aka MVR, you will be able to move to a smaller more relaxed, family type of trucking company.
I hope this section helped you.
There are more articles coming soon... for more on trucker etiquette and tips and tricks please visit the "LHB Trucking School 101" tab
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LHB President Sancho