With over three million truck drivers on the road in the United States, it is no surprise that we notice them everywhere we go. When we use everyday items such as toothpaste, drinking our coffee from a mug and filling our fuel tank up with gas, we hardly think about the truck drivers that transported those things.
Truck drivers play such an important role with everything that we eat, drink and use. Without truck drivers, our gas stations would be empty, store shelves would also be empty and we would quickly run out of the things that we use daily. If you would like to become one of the truckers that all of us depend on this article will explain how you can do it.
To become a trucker, one of the first steps is obtaining a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). In order to get the license, you first have to meet a couple DOT (Department of Transportation) requirements. To qualify, you must have a clean driving record. If you have several moving violations, or any convictions of driving under the influence, you can be disqualified from becoming a driver.
Getting a Commercial Driver’s License requires a passing grade in both the written exam as well as the driving exam. CDL requirements vary from state to state. You can call your local Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain the requirements in your area. Requirements also include a passing grade of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations exam of the DOT. In addition, you will need to pass the physical exam and also the hearing and vision tests.
The process of obtaining your license as a trucker is much different than a regular driver’s license. Most people do not have a big rig or knows anyone who does. This makes it difficult to learn how to drive a big rig and it also makes it difficult to perform the DMV driving exam. This is one reason that many people that choose to become a truck driver enroll in a trucking school.
Trucking schools have many advantages. Once you complete the trucking schools course, you will meet all requirements to be a driver and DOT requirements to drive trucks.
Many trucking companies will hire you straight of trucking school. A trucking school will help you get your CDL, train you in all aspects of trucking and provide you the training for addition endorsements, such a double-triples, tanker, and hazardous materials.
Besides class room learning, trucking schools provide hands-on instructions with pre trip inspections and plenty of time on a driving course, before they teach you how to drive on the open roads. Another great advantage to trucking schools is that most of your testing is done on the school site.
They also arrange for your FMCSR physical exam. Once you successfully complete the trucking school, you will be ready to hit the highway as a new truck driver. Trucking companies prefer new truck drivers that successfully completed a trucking school, because they know that all truck driver requirements and DOT requirements are met by those individuals.