Tips For Obtaining Your Commercial Driver's License

1 May 2019
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If you are tired of your minimum wage job and have decided it's time to go out and get your commercial driver's license so you can work as a truck driver, then these tips will help you get your license so you can get out on the road:

Tip: Attend a Certified Truck Driver Training Program 

Though the Department of Motor Vehicles doesn't require you to attend a truck driving program prior to obtaining your commercial driving license, it will be very challenging for you to find a job after you have it if you choose not to go to one. While truck driving schools offer a lot of classroom education you can obtain on your own if you are resourceful, you will have a hard time getting much time behind the wheel of a semi truck to train if you don't attend a trucking school.

Whether you choose to go to an independent trucking school or opt for a training program operated by one of the large trucking companies, attending a certified program is an absolute must if you want a career as a truck driver.

Tip: Make the Most of Every Minute You Can Get Behind the Wheel

As stated above, behind-the-wheel training is very important if you want to drive a truck for a living. The more experience you have while in school, then the more comfortable you will feel and the better you will perform on tests at the DMV. 

Since you will have limited access to a semi truck to practice, make sure you take advantage of every minute you can get behind the wheel to train. If your training instructor asks for a volunteer to teach new driving techniques to, by all means, volunteer and put yourself out there. You will ultimately become a better driver if you do so.

Tip: Network with Recently Licensed Truck Drivers in Your Area

Before you start taking your tests at the DMV, first, get together either in person or online with some recently licensed truck drivers in your local area. By networking with others who have recently been through the testing, you can gain a lot of insight into the ins and outs of the testing process. As with the tests required to obtain a regular driver's license, there are always some badly worded questions and other gotchas you can avoid if you are warned about them ahead of time.