Obtaining Your CDL Step by Step
Imagine a job without boss supervision in which you will have the opportunity to travel across the country and know new interesting people. It sounds like a dream; however, if you become a professional truck driver, it is possible that the dream comes true. The first step to make a reality the dream is to obtain the Commercial Driver License (CDL). In order to get it, you will have to choose among a wide variety of schools to start your entry level truck driver training. You will have two different options. It can be through private driving schools or the public school districts. Whatever you choose, you will surely acquire the knowledge you need to start your journey on the road.
In order to drive heavy trucks, drivers must have a Class A license. Besides a good driving record, they have to be at least 18 years old to drive in state. But if what you want is to transport freight out of state you must be 21 years old or older. Also, they have to be able to pass drug tests and medical exams. Both, public and private truck driving schools will assist you meet the licensing requirements.
Usually, truck driving schools initiate their programs with a classroom instruction. In this part, they will prepare you on topics such as drivers log book, map reading, driver fatigue, driver paper work and Federal Motor Carrier (FMC) safety regulations. Then, they will train you step by step for the pre-trip and everything that has to do with abilities such as starting the truck, gauge observation, air brakes system, straight line backing, parking (sight side and conventional), among others. These are necessary skills you should have in order to complete all the requisites of the Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA) to obtain a CDL license.
Finally, you will have on the road training from an experienced driver. He will provide you the skills necessary to maneuver a tractor trailer in a safe way in and around a diversity of traffic and weather conditions. You will learn important things such as speed management, cornering maneuvers, no zone, road rage and use of emergency equipment. Surpassing all these steps, you will successfully pass the CDL exam and start your dreaming career as a professional truck driver.