Without a doubt, everyone has at some point seen the large tractor-trailers driving down the road. These trucks deliver various goods to stores and warehouses across the country. If you've ever dreamed of driving one of these trucks, know that, first, you have to acquire a commercial driver's license (CDL).
There are a number of perks to working in the truck driving business. The benefits include great pay and the ability to travel across the country. One great aspect of earning a CDL is that the training process can be as quick as three weeks, depending on the school, but the average is seven weeks. Before you begin working, be aware that there are cons to the job, too. Some of the negative aspects include an inconsistent sleep schedule and high levels of stress due to loneliness and traffic.
Where to Start
Ask yourself why you want to drive. This industry is not difficult to break into and holds a lot of job security, but are you comfortable driving alone for hours each day? The job requires people of a mentality that enjoy driving and that are not easily stressed out by traffic. Not only is traffic inevitable, but your big truck will be taking up a lot of space on the road. This is always a potentially dangerous situation.
Once you've decided you are mentally prepared for the job, you can start working to earn a CDL.
Finding a Truck Driving School
Performing an online search of truck driving schools will inform you about which establishments are closest to your area. If you live out-of-state from your desired school, traveling will be required for any in-person instruction. Some schools offer part of their course as a written test, which you can complete wherever you live. The driving portions of the CDL training typically have to be done in person. The driving segment of the training allows you to drive on the road alongside an instructor.
As you decide between schools, you will benefit from knowing which type of license class you want to earn. The highest is A, followed by B. Owning a class C license - required to drive cars - is a requirement before enrolling for any CDL training. There is no use trying to drive a large truck if you can't drive a car first.
CDL training will cost between $3000 and $7000, depending on the license you want to earn and the school you use.
Once you determine which class of license you want, you should set a budget and make calls to each potential school. Visiting a school before enrolling is beneficial because you will have an opportunity to see what trucks you may be driving and get a chance to meet your instructors.
After you earn the license that you want, you will be fully equipped to take to the road. The higher your license, the more types of trucks you will be allowed to drive. Now, buckle up and get ready to drive. There are so many places to see and so many goods to deliver.
To learn more, contact a truck driving school.