5 Free Resources for Truckers

You may ride the open roads solo, but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Here’s a list of free and low- cost resources for truck drivers.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

What it costs: Free

What it does: The U.S.Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a variety of free resources for you as a truck driver. OSHA provides information and training on preventing occupational illness and injury, has connections to other government agencies you can use, provides industry hazard information, and regulates the companies you work for.

American Trucking Association

What it costs: Free resources, paid membership available

What it does: Since 1933, the American Trucking Association (ATA) advocates  for truck drivers. They have support and education programs, as well as industry news and conferences just for you.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 

What it costs: Free

What it does: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is your go-to resource for DOT registration and regulation information. FMCSA has many programs and utilities for you, including a military trucker program, portals to report safety violations and human trafficking, commercial truck driving insurance resources, and more.

Women in Trucking

What it costs: Free resources, paid membership available

What it does: The Women In Trucking Association is a non-profit organization focused on the transportation and logistics industry. Their mission? To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Find networking events, leadership workshops, career opportunities, advocates for gender equality in trucking, and industry mentors.

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

What it costs: Free

What it does: The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) fights for the rights of all truckers. For more than 40 years, OOIDA has pushed legislation and regulation for the trucking industry. As a member, you can enjoy benefits such as affordable insurance, healthcare and life insurance, retirement plans, industry discounts, training programs, and more.

We’re always looking for the best affordable online resources, including tools to promote truckers and other  small business owners like you. If you have resources you’d like to share with fellow business owners, contact us at sblending@opportunityfund.org.

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