Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to become a professional truck driver and have been accepted into CDL training school. You’ve passed your physicals, paid your tuition and are ready for your first day of class. All you have to do it show up and the rest will be a piece of cake, right?
Not exactly. While it is true that a quality CDL school will get you through training by using their proven curriculum, there are still a few things you can do to help the process go more smoothly for both the trainers and yourself.
The first thing is to download a free copy of your state’s CDL manual. While many of the things in the manual may not make sense to you right away, it will still expose you to a lot of the basics of truck driving, as well as give you an overview of what things you will be learning. The CDL manual will also cover the trucking terminology you will be expected to understand upon completion of training.
In addition to using the CDL manual in preparation for training, you will also use it throughout the curriculum. You will be required to pass a written exam for your CDL permit before you start the driver training portion of the program. You will need to pass tests in general knowledge as well as certification for combination vehicle and air brakes endorsements.
In addition to studying, it is very important that you eat well and get plenty of rest in the days leading up to and during your CDL training. Truck driving school isn’t a piece of cake, it’s both mentally and physically demanding but so is a truck driving job. If you aren’t fully prepared for the training, you may have a hard time keeping up.
If you would like to learn more about the demands and requirements of passing CDL school, it’s absolutely free to discuss these things with a career planner at any of the CDL training schools in our network of providers.