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Truck Driver Training – So You’re Ready To Drive A Big Rig

Choosing a career, or choosing to change careers, can be a hard task. Once you have decided on that new career, it’s all systems go. It can be an exciting time, and one that’s full of trepidation. If you’ve decided to become a truck driver, then you’ve probably also set your mind on the type of truck you want to drive. Many new truck drivers come into the industry with their heads full of exciting stories about driving big rigs

Taking The Stress Out Of Obtaining A CDL

Learning how to drive a commercial truck is an investment that delivers life-long benefits. To drive a truck on the open road requires a license, and the type of license will depend on the type of truck driven. The process of acquiring that license sounds simple – learn the rules and regulations and pass the knowledge tests, and learn to drive a truck then pass the skills test. The reality is not that simple, at least when it comes to

Completing The Right CDL-A Skills Test

Obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL) is a big investment in both time and money, so it’s important to get it right the first time. Imagine undertaking the training then completing the requirements for your CDL only to find the license itself a useful document when you receive it. It can happen. In fact, it does happen on a regular basis. Why? Because the individual didn’t plan their CDL-A skills tests. When you are issued a CDL, the testing authority will

The Minimum Skill Levels For New Truck Drivers

When undertaking truck driver training it is important to receive the skills that will help you pass the tests required to gain a commercial drivers license whilst also gaining the skills that will make you immediately employable. Learning how to drive forward is a piece of cake. Learning how to reverse is a little more complicated, especially when you have one or more trailers involved. Reversing is a skill that is a must – you’ll be using it everyday, and

A Commercial Drivers License For Non-Truck Drivers

It’s really not that difficult to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL). You will need to pass several knowledge-based tests, and you will have to pass a practical driving test. If you have a reasonably clean driving record and no major criminal offenses recorded against your name, and you can pass a medical assessment, then you’re the perfect candidate for a commercial drivers license. Whilst gaining experience is important, you don’t have to be a truck driver to have a

Truck Drivers Have A Great Social Life

You would think that driving a truck all day could be quite a lonely job. In a way it is, but then again, truck drivers have learned over time to take advantage of every opportunity afforded them. Take a long distance truck driver’s social life. Whilst a truck driver is confined to their driving cab for long hours, there is the two-way radio – something that truck drivers have really mastered over the years to a point where it has

There’s Trouble On The Horizon For US Transport

Our transport industry is running the risk of coming to a standstill. Not a complete standstill, but a situation that could become a crisis. Why? Quite simply, we’ll run out of truck drivers. Truck drivers are starting to retire faster than we can train new drivers, and that is set to worsen as baby boomers hit retirement age. Long distance truck driving will be hit hardest as new younger truck drivers look for local work rather then long distance, just

CDL With Hazardous Materials Endorsement A Must

If you want a successful truck driving career, then it’s advisable to gain as many CDL endorsements as possible – right from day one. The hazardous materials endorsement is perhaps the most important since the lack of this endorsement could restrict your career. Most people would look at this endorsement as being an unnecessary addition, however, you’d be surprised at the type of materials that are considered ‘hazardous’. Often, the materials are considered hazardous not so much by their nature as

Sometimes It’s The Silly Things That Harm Trucking Careers

Truck driving is one of those careers that doesn’t just rely on what you do on the job. Your non-working time can have a huge impact on your career, sometimes bringing it to an end altogether. Like bus drivers, taxi drivers, airline pilots and ship captains, your ‘license’ to operate can be affected by a wide variety of activities. Consider some of these, and remember, sometimes it’s the silly things that have the potential for great harm. Drugs – both illegal,

Take The Easy Path To A Commercial Drivers License

If you want to be a truck driver, then there’s only one piece of advice you should ever listen too and that’s the advice that suggests you undertake your truck driver training through a reputable training school. The truck driver training school’s name on your graduation papers can help open doors that would otherwise be closed. You can also be assured that you’re going to receive quality training that’s designed to have you ready for the workplace. How do you determine