Are you looking for a profession that will offer great pay and benefits, as well as allow you to see exciting new parts of the country? Do you love turning on the radio and enjoying a long, relaxing drive? Are you the type of person who doesn’t ever want a boring old desk job? You should be a truck driver! Commercial truck driving can be a rewarding career, and becoming one doesn’t often take much time. However, you do need to meet a few strict requirements before you can land a job.
Make Sure You Meet the Requirements
Before you attend school or earn your commercial driver’s license (CDL), you’ll need to meet several basic physical and legal qualifications:
-In most states, you must be at least 21 years old.
-You must also be legally eligible to work and drive within the country and within the specific state you live.
-You’ll need to have a clean driving record. Most schools and employers will overlook minor traffic violations, like one or two speeding tickets a few years back, but you probably won’t qualify if you’ve been busted for reckless driving or if you’ve been convicted of DUI.
-Many schools also want you to have a diploma or GED before applying, and some truck driving companies won’t hire you without one.
Study the Manual
Visit your nearest DMV office and ask for a copy of the state commercial driver’s manual. In it, you will learn everything you need to know about obtaining your CDL. Review the information about fees, classes, and restrictions. Study it to learn about the various traffic and safety laws associated with being a commercial truck driver.
While studying, contact nearby truck driving schools and sign up for an appropriate program. Good schools will provide both classroom and practical education. There are several online directories of truck driving schools to help you find the best one for you. Each school will have its own tuition and fees, but many schools also offer tuition assistance. The timeline of each program can also vary, with some finishing within 30 days to 10 weeks, but more in-depth programs lasting a full year.
Pass the Test
After you complete truck driving school, you’ll need to take the state CDL exam. Each state has its own exam procedures, but typically, you’ll need to pass both a written test and a road skills test. In order to be employable, you must pass both parts of the licensing exam. The written test will evaluate your knowledge of the various laws and safety regulations involved with truck driving and the road skills test will require you to briefly drive a commercial vehicle under the supervision of a state licensed examiner.
All that is left after you pass the test is to find a great job that you love! Do you have what it takes? At Triangle-J Inc, We are always searching for quality drivers! Apply now to be a commercial truck driver at one of the most-trusted trucking companies in the nation.