How To Enjoy The Holidays As A Trucker Away From Home

What is it we love about the Holidays? Well, the gifts … duh!

A lot of what makes the Holiday so special are the rituals and traditions we’ve created. Like listening to Christmas music, enjoying a glass of wine or egg nog while decorating the tree. Or preparing and enjoying an epic breakfast for the family after having torn open all the gifts.

For me, it was getting a new board game to enjoy on Christmas Eve.

But when you become a truck driver, your crazy schedule can completely disrupt your most favoured traditions.

And this can lead feelings of depression, anxiety and even resentment of all the people with “normal” lives who get to be home for the Holidays.

In this article, we’ll look at how to enjoy the Holidays even if you find yourself away from home. Continue reading

Check Out Challenger’s Annual Job Fair

This Saturday, November 26th, Challenger will be hosting their annual job fair.

It’s a great chance for truck drivers to meet the folks at Challenger and see their equipment and operation up close and personal.

You’ll get to…

  • See heir new trucks;
  • Tour their facility;
  • Talk to company reps about the many opportunities available

There will be treats and a chance to win a Rand McNally GPS.

You can even meet, interview and do your road test with one of the driver recruiters if you decide to join their team.

Get more information by clicking here.

How To Get Your AZ License In Ontario

So, you want to know how to get your AZ license in Ontario and get a great truck driving job?

No problem. We’ll show you exactly what you need. But...

Getting your AZ license won’t guarantee you a job driving a truck. Many trucking companies value one specific skill that isn't fully tested for during your AZ drivers license test. We’ll show you what it is in just a minute. Before we do, let’s find out how to get your AZ license in Ontario.

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First step to getting your AZ License in Ontario

Make sure you meet the minimum MTO requirements for getting your AZ license:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older. But many trucking companies will require new drivers to enter the U.S. where you must be 21 years old to drive a truck.
  • You need to have a valid G license
  • You have to pass a medical exam.

With that out of the way, you must then pass the written test demonstrating an understanding of the rules of the road for driving large trucks and tractor trailers.

With the written AZ license test passed, you’re ready to book a road test. For the road test...

  • You'll have to perform a daily inspection commonly known as a circle check and be required to name the item of equipment checked, and briefly describe its condition.
  • You’ll also have to demonstrate uncoupling and coupling of the units of the combination vehicle.
  • And then you’ll have to back that big rig up to demonstrate your backing skills.
  • Finally, you’ll need to show that you can safely drive in traffic.

So, there you have it…how to get your AZ license in Ontario.

Now, I promised to tell you about the most important skill that trucking companies look for but isn’t fully tested for at the MTO or taught by cheap truck driving schools.And that one skill is...

A comprehensive pre-trip inspection.

The MTO simply doesn’t have time to test this but most reputable trucking companies insist you know how to do a comprehensive, under the hood pre-trip inspection.

Here’s Jerry Krauskopf of Wayfreight, talking about the importance of the pre-trip inspection.

You can find an Ontario truck driving school to teach you only what’s needed to pass the MTO AZ license test, and you’ll save a few bucks, but that doesn’t guarantee you one of the many great truck driving jobs available, and may cost you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.

Be sure you choose a reputable truck training school that takes you beyond the minimum requirements - a school like Tri-County Training.

We've been teaching people to drive truck and to get their AZ license since 1978 and are a preferred truck driving school for some of the regions top trucking companies, including Kriska, Challenger and Wayfreight.

Want To Learn More About Making Truck Driving Your Second Career?

If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a truck driver, we recommend you start with these three pages:

If you’ve decided that truck driving is something you’d like to pursue but aren’t sure about where to get your AZ license, we'd be happy to give you a private tour of our facility so you can get a close up look at our classrooms, our warehouse, meet our instructors and get all of your questions answered.

Ontario Truck Driving School

Richard Wynia, President of Tri-County Training

Just call (519) 653-1700, and ask for Richard (that's him in the picture).​