Learn to Drive Truck and Get Your CDL License – What Truck Driving Schools Don’t Teach You

Many people today are thinking of going to a truck driving school and getting their CDL license. That’s a big career change and worth making. Being a truck driver is not only a chance of a lifetime to change your lifestyle but a chance to see the country and meet new people. So what’s stopping you or better yet what should you know before going to truck driving school and getting your CDL.

Learning to be a CDL truck driver you will see that you need 2 things. This is what the trucking schools don’t teach you. You need experience and you need to be legal. So just wait, and let me explain. I know these sounds like a no brainer. I thought so when I first started truck driving. After truck driving school I went through the school of hard knocks legally and physically.

First I like to point out the legal side. This is a BIG ONE. Being a truck driver is fun and you can make a lot, or a ton of money. So what do I mean legal? Because we both know that you need a CDL license to drive… When I say legal we are looking at your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record). Why is this important? If you have 1 too many violations most trucking companies will not hire you. This is what the trucking schools do not tell you.

You can have all the experience being a professional hazmatendorsement trucker but if you have too many points on your record no one will hire you, you might as well hang it up. So watch your speed and plan ahead. Last minute decisions are causes to hasty decisions which increase your chance for an accident. Your CDL license is your livelihood!

Now second and lastly I like to talk about your experience. Some of you may have already been in a truck and know what it is like. Others have not a clue what to expect and are eager to know. So breaking the ice of the unknown will greatly increases your chances of survival of going through the school of hard knocks.

Backing and parking your truck. Or how to enter in a parking lot, or mountain driving and driving on ice are all things you should be prepared to know. To be a professional truck driver, making the big money behind the wheel of a big truck is what you do. In my future articles I will be covering these things teaching you what the trucking schools do not teach you for your CDL license.


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