Articles Tagged "Getting Your CDL"

The Employment Market For Truck Drivers Is Hyper Competitive

by Brett Aquila

According to recruiters at major trucking companies, the demand for truck drivers is extremely high and recruiting environment is hyper competitive.

Prudence Seems To Be Lacking In Some Rookie Truck Drivers

by Old School

Prudence is critical when it comes to surviving your first year as a truck driver, but it's something many people seem to be lacking. Here's a good example.

Why I Prefer Paid CDL Training Over Private CDL Training

by Brett Aquila

I feel paid cdl training, or company-sponsored training, has several advantages over a private truck driving school. I'll cover the differences and my reasons in this article.

CDL Training During The Winter: Good Idea Or Impending Doom?

by Brett Aquila

Learning to drive a truck in the snow can be scary, especially if you have no experience in snow. But CDL training in the winter isn't a bad idea. Here's why.

Private Schooling Versus Company-Sponsored: The Basic Differences

by Brett Aquila

Company-sponsored CDL training versus private CDL training is one of the first big career decisions you'll make. Here's a quick rundown of the differences.

The Backing Range At Trucking Driving School - It's Like Clown Soup For The Soul

by Brett Aquila

Learning to back up a rig is clumsy at best. Nothing about it is easy. Having fun with it helps make learning easier, but prepare to embarrass yourself!

Passing The CDL Road Test: What Are CDL Examiners Looking For?

by Brett Aquila

What are the CDL examiners looking for when you're taking your road test? Here are some important factors that will determine whether or not you'll pass.

Company-Sponsored Training With Swift: My First Hand Experience

by Dave

I recently completed Swift Transportation's company-sponsored training program and here's what the experience was like for me.

A Guide To Using Our Free Online CDL Training Program

by Ahmalia

TruckingTruth's free online cdl training course helped make learning a lot easier. Here's an overview of it, and advice for getting the most out of it.

Truck Driver Training: The Beginning

by BlueHillsTrucker

Getting started with CDL training meant a ton of bookwork in the beginning, working outside in temps below zero, and busting up some drivetrains.

CDL Training Has Begun For 'The Blue Hills Trucker'

by BlueHillsTrucker

After earning a college degree, being a stay-at-home dad, and then a substitute teacher, it was time for a career change. Here's how CDL training began.

Keep That License Clean: Your Career Depends On It

by Rhonda

For a truck driver that CDL is everything. Here is some great advice on protecting that license.

What Causes People To Fail CDL School?

by TruckerMike

Most people get through truck driving school, but others do not. Here's some great advice that will help you pass truck driving school with flying colors.

Why Do People Decide To Become Truck Drivers?

by TruckerMike

Becoming a truck driver is a dream for a lot of people. Others find it a necessity when life takes an unexpected turn. Here's the story of how I got started.

Factors Affecting Job Placement In The Trucking Industry

by Tanya Bons

Finding a truck driving job after graduating from CDL training is not guaranteed. Here we cover factors affecting your chances of finding work in trucking

4 Mistakes That Cause Students To Fail CDL Training And How They Can Be Prevented

by Driver Solutions

CDL training is certainly not easy. Here's four main reasons why people tend to fail their training at truck driving school and how to prevent them.

5 Advantages of Company Sponsored CDL Programs vs. Private Truck Driving Schools

by Driver Solutions

There are numerous advantages to company-sponsored CDL training over private truck driving schools and in this article we'll talk about them in detail.

CDL Testing Day From A Trainers Perspective

by TruckerMike

After four weeks on the road with my student, it was time for him to take his CDL exam. We were both very nervous. Testing day is incredibly stressful.

Learning How To Back Up A Big Truck

by TruckerMike

Learning how to back up a big rig is no easy task, but a few tips and tricks here from a trainer can really make it a lot easier.

Financing Options For Truck Driving School

by Tanya Bons

Options for funding your tuition to truck driving school include grants, student loans, sponsored training, tuition reimbursement, and many more.

A Trainer's Perspective On Teaching Students How To Shift

by TruckerMike

I recently became a certified CDL instructor and I was given my first students to train on shifting gears. Here's the story, and some advice for newbies

Finding A Career I'm Passionate About

by TaoTrucker

Becoming a truck driver was something I wasn't certain about until I started believing it could really happen. That's when things started rolling.

What You Need To Know Before Choosing A Truck Driving School

by Tanya Bons

Choosing a truck driving school is not difficult when you know the right factors to consider. Here is a great article to help you choose your CDL training

A Teacher, A Writer, A Philosopher, Now A Truck Driver!

by Philosopher Paul

Becoming a truck driver is a dream that almost everyone has tucked away somewhere. For me, it's time to make that dream a reality, and I'm ready for it!

My Salary - Finishing Up My Second Year Behind The Wheel

by TruckerMike

This is my salary as an OTR truck driver finishing up my second year behind the wheel. It's hard to find good information on trucker's salaries, so I hope this helps

More Boot Camp Stories From My Time In A Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

by SharBear

Going through a company-sponsored CDL training program is no bed of roses. Here are some of my experiences and some challenges you can expect to face.

Why Do People Decide To Get Into Truck Driving?

by Driver Solutions

Trucking attracts people from all walks of life and has a lot to offer if you're circumstances, personality, and goals make you right for the job.

The Boot Camp Known As Company-Sponsored Training

by SharBear

Company Sponsored CDL training can be a lot like boot camp. Prepare to have your self worth, dignity, brains, abilities, and patience tested.

Remembering My Earliest Days Of Trucking School

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver can be one of the most exciting times in your life. Here's a story about my early days in trucking school and out on the road.

When Will I Know If Trucking Was The Right Career Choice?

by Brett Aquila

Becoming a truck driver is a big career choice. When will you know if you belong in trucking, or if you should walk away? Read on - we'll let you know

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part III - The CDL Exam

by Brian Laine

We covered the operation of a big rig and took a drive, now I'll cover taking the CDL exam and share thoughts about the process of getting your CDL.

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part II

by Brian Laine

In part I of intro to truck driving we talked about some mechanical aspects of big rigs. Now we'll cover a little more and take one for a drive.

Questions and Answers for a Truck Driver

by TruckerMike

Here are the answers to 17 questions about being a truck driver I'd like to share with anyone who may be interested in becoming a truck driver.

An Intro To Big Trucks And Truck Driving School Part I

by Brian Laine

If driving a truck has ever crossed your mind, or you just like the looks of that big rig going by, enjoy reading a little more about getting your CDL

Truck Driving School Part IV - Taking The CDL Exam

by Rick Huffman

It was time to take the CDL exam and all of us were very nervous. Most of us failed our first attempt and the pressure was on to pass and get our CDL.

Trucking School Part III - Boot Camp

by Rick Huffman

Backing up a truck and learning to shift are two key elements at truck driving school, but some patient instructors are helping our class immensely.

Attending Truck Driving School Part II - First Day On The Yard

by Rick Huffman

My first day of backing up a big rig in truck driving school and we were all nervous and excited. None of us knew what backing a big rig would be like

Attending Truck Driving School Part I

by Rick Huffman

The beginning of my truck driving adventures started here with cdl school where I met an incredible variety of people looking to become truck drivers

Becoming An American Trucker

by Rick Huffman

Becoming a truck driver was something I never considered until my 20 year journalism career became a rut. Here's where my trucking adventures began.

Our Trucking Adventure Begins

by Cathy Rubens

Becoming a truck driver is a big decision, and Steve and Cathy decided to the time was right for Steve to begin his CDL training. Here's how it went.

Which CDL Endorsements Should I Get?

by Brett Aquila

Getting your CDL involves deciding which CDL endorsements to get. Here's a guide to what CDL endorsements are available and which ones you'll need.

Comparing Career Paths: Truck Driving Versus A College Degree

by Carl Smith

I compare two hypothetical career paths; a college student versus a truck driving student. We'll looking at job training, salary, debts, and more.

Randy's Home Time During Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Getting home from the road is every truck driver's favorite time, and that's especially true for a driver's family, friends, and loved ones.

Truck Driving Career Seen As Strong For Next Decade

by Brett Aquila

A recent story by NPR shows that truck driving will be one of the fastest growing, best paying careers requiring little training for the coming decade

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 9 - He's Done!

by rbradyjohnsen

CDL training has been more pressure and more difficult than we expected. Getting your CDL is no picnic. In fact, it can be grueling at times.

Randy's Phase 1 Training - Part 8

by rbradyjohnsen

Over the road trucking will really test your relationship and the time away will magnify any problems your relationship has by a thousand times.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 6

by rbradyjohnsen

CDL training has been very tough and now Randy is about half way through. The stories are amazing and learning to drive truck is stressful as can be.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 5

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy and his road trainer returned to the CDL school and took advantage of some down time. There was a crazy DUI incident at the school this week.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 3

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy has been on the road in CDL training for a short time and life on the road is challenging. The time apart is tough for us. Trucking is not easy.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 2

by rbradyjohnsen

It's my husband's second day of CDL training on the road running team with a trainer. Life on the road is a lot of stress but still very exciting.

Randy's Phase 1 CDL Training - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy just started phase I CDL training out on the road with his trainer. It's a lot of pressure but very exciting at the same time to be on the road

Advice For Truck Driving School Students

by rbradyjohnsen

This is what I've learned from the perspective I've gained as my husband went through the classroom training in truck driving school.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 20 And 21

by rbradyjohnsen

Being out on the road during CDL training can be incredibly stressful at times, but also has the feel of a vacation at the same time.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 18 And 19

by rbradyjohnsen

Almost three weeks into truck driving school and this CDL training is high pressure and intense. It's difficult, and there's a lot to deal with.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 16 And 17

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driver training is always filled with a lot of pressure and uncertainty. That is what has made his accomplishments so special.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Days 13, 14 And 15

by rbradyjohnsen

Truck driving school is filled with anxiety and tension. Passing his road test has Randy feeling quite relieved and anxious to begin road training.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 12

by rbradyjohnsen

Randy took his driving test at CDL school today and called me with the results. I was up all night emailing unemployment records for his company.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 11

by rbradyjohnsen

The pre-trip inspection test is today, and the road test is tomorrow. It's day 11 of CDL training and things are getting more stressful for everyone.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 10

by rbradyjohnsen

Ten days into CDL training and the fast pace continues. They are driving more, but the quizzes and the pressure of their CDL training continues.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 9

by rbradyjohnsen

As hard as you think becoming a truck driver will be, it's even harder. I've lost ten pounds from the stress of CDL training in the past few weeks.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 8

by rbradyjohnsen

We're into the second week of trucking school and things are still moving along very quickly! They are getting ready for their driving test very soon.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 7

by rbradyjohnsen

Well, it's been one week since Randy left for CDL training, and what a week it's been. It went by fast for him, it felt more like a month to me.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 6

by rbradyjohnsen

Nearly a week into CDL training and more students are dropping out of the class. It's a fast-paced truck driving school and not everyone will make it.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 5

by rbradyjohnsen

I can't believe my husband's been at truck driving school less than a week, it feels like a month. His CDL training has been fast-paced and tough.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 4

by rbradyjohnsen

Almost finished with the first week of truck driving school. The pace is quick and some people are struggling, while others are doing just fine.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 3

by rbradyjohnsen

The fast pace of CDL training at truck driving school continues as students continue to drop out of the program due to health and background issues.

Randy's Truck Driving School - Day 2

by rbradyjohnsen

The pace of CDL training at trucking school has started out very fast and it's been a tough adjustment in lifestyle for both my husband and myself.

Randy At Truck Driving School - Day 1

by rbradyjohnsen

Well, I spoke to Randy for nearly an hour last night about his first full day at truck driving school, and it was a 12-hour marathon starting at 7 am.

First Week of Company-Sponsored Schooling

by Wagonwheel

I've just completed my first week of truck driving school and what a week it has been! We covered backing, pre-trips, got our CDL permit, and more!

How a Husband And Wife Became Interested in Trucking - Part 1

by rbradyjohnsen

When our business began to really struggle due to the economy and our children were raised and on their own, we decided it was time for a change.

I'm Becoming A Truck Driver...and so it begins

by Murray

Well here we go! I'm entering the world of truck driving. Lots of emotions; nervous, excited, worried, apprehensive. This is all so new.

Hiring In Truck Driving and Today's Economy

by Brett Aquila

Is now a good time to become a truck driver? The economy is still slow, but truck driving jobs are readily available. But how long will this last?

Oh Where, Oh Where Did the Wolfie Go?

by Adrian Nunenkamp

After many long weeks my CDL schooling is coming to an end and it appears I've landed my first truck driving job. Oh happy days!

Now Where Did I Put My Red Shoes?

by Farmer Bob

After getting my CDL and going on the road with a trainer, my training time is up and there are no job openings right now. I'm going home.

Week 3, Day 1: Double the Trouble, Double the Fun.

by Adrian Nunenkamp

We had some interesting things today, including pulling doubles, 45 degree sight-side backing, and a new instructor for the road trip.

Truck Driving School - Week 2, day 4 - The Truck demands a sacrifice!

by Adrian Nunenkamp

Day four of my journey towards becoming an Over the Road driver was rather exciting. We had a great mix of backing, and some challenging driving.

On The Road Again: Week 2, Day 3 of CDL Training

by Adrian Nunenkamp

Today there were several activities, including speaking to a few recruiters, pre-trip inspections, backing practice, and a short trip on the highway.

It's Time to Ride

by Allan Burden

After being in the military, a police officer, and a preacher - amongst other things, I've decided to become a truck driver, and here's my plan.

Beginning Week Two Of CDL Training: What Do You Mean, 'Don't Hit That Car'?

by Adrian Nunenkamp

Day two of week two dawned chilly and rainy.  That's typical for the Northwest this time of year. Our truck driver training is moving into new areas.

The First Week Of My CDL Training

by Adrian Nunenkamp

So finally I got into truck driving school and started the classroom phase. Some was fun, some was boring, but then we started the yard phase.

The Shift From Computers To A Trucking Career Begins

by Adrian Nunenkamp

New to the trucking industry and fresh out of a career in the computer industry, I've found a trucking school and I'm beginning my CDL classes.

Preparing For Your Profession In Truck Driving

by Tanya Bons

Truck driving is a special profession, it’s not for everyone. If you enjoy the destination, but live for the journey, then you should consider it.

CDL Exam Day: Hoping To Get My License - Not An Ulcer

by Peter Jr

Taking tests always made me nervous, but the CDL exam was the worst! When your career is at stake and you have a family counting on you, it's scary!

CDL Training in Illinois - Illinois Secretary of State Certified Schools

by Tanya Bons

When shopping for a truck driving school in Illinois, smart students do their research. Choosing a Secretary of State Certified School is important.

After Several Pre-Hires I've Made My Choice - I'm Headed To Truck Driving School

by Ranting Warrior

After several pre-hires, well, it wasn't an easy decision, but I finally made my choice. I'm headed off to truck driving school. Here's the scoop.

Recruiters, Companies, and Schools - Choosing The Right Path Into Your Trucking Career

by Ranting Warrior

Its funny how much getting started in trucking is so similar to getting started in the military. It takes much thought and soul searching for both.

Trucking School Is Hard: Peter's Crybaby Blog

by Peter Jr

Getting through my CDL training is not easy, and getting a job and getting rollin in this economic environment is proving to be tough.

CDL Training Week Two - Finding Out Which Of Us Will Make It Through

by Peter Jr

Ah, week two. The magical week that separates the truck drivers from the…well…not truck drivers? This is where the rubber meets the road.

Where Can New Drivers Turn For Hope In This Economy?

by Brett Aquila

Truck driving is looked upon as the last great hope for many Americans who have lost work. Where would I look for work in trucking today?

End Of My First Week of CDL School, Start of My First Blog

by Peter Jr

Well I finally did it! After a whole year of thinking about it, I decided it was time for me to dive head-first into over-the-road truck driving!

Range Driving and Road Driving Semi Trucks at CDL School

by Scott.P

I'm in truck driving school and it's getting near our time to take the CDL test. The program is fast paced, but fun and exciting!

Our CDL Training Takes Us Outside to the Truck Backing Range

by Scott.P

Our CDL training at the end of week one has us out on the range backing up tractor trailers and doing pre-trip inspections.

Truck Driving School Days Two and Three: Our CDL Permit Test and DOT Physical

by Scott.P

Day two and day three of my truck driving school were filled with tests and more classroom time. This is a very fast paced course!

Truck Driving School: First Day at Central Refrigeration Training

by Scott.P

The first day of truck driving school isn't the most exciting, but it gave me a good idea of what I was in for!

CDL Test Day - What It Was Like Taking (and passing!) the CDL Test

by TruckerMike

After four weeks of training, one of our site's authors passed his CDL exam! You have to read what he went through to do it!

CDL Training - Our Training Truck Breakdown!

by TruckerMike

We prepared for our CDL test by training in a certain truck but it broke down! Panic! Truck driving school can be stressful for sure!

Passing Your CDL Test: Our Free Practice Tests and Advice Will Make It Much Easier!

by Brett Aquila

Passing the written CDL test can be challenging, but taking our free online CDL practice tests and getting a bit of advice here will surely help!

CDL Training - Hopefully Taking The CDL Test This Week

by TruckerMike

Our CDL test looms on the horizon - just a few days til I'll have my CDL. Truck driving school has been fun but I'm ready to get out on the road!

CDL Training - One Test Down, Two More Remaining

by TruckerMike

In this blog, TruckerMike explains how he passed his pre-trip inspection exam, but the instructor and the test were really tough!

Passing My Pre-Trip Inspection Exam Was Not Easy

by Rhonda

Passing the pre-trip inspection exam is easier for some. But for me, it was rough. Here's the unusual story of how I did it.

CDL Training - Approaching Test Day

by TruckerMike

The start of week 4 means testing time for our CDL student in truck driver training. Here Mike blogs about nerves before test time.

CDL Training - Getting Ready for Test Day

by TruckerMike

Well our CDL exams are getting near and here's how we're preparing for the big day.

CDL Training - White Knuckle Driving on City Streets

by TruckerMike

During his third week of CDL training the school has brought the challenges up a notch and it's on to the city streets we go!

CDL Training - Learning a Few Tricks to Driving a Big Rig

by TruckerMike

Half way through the 3rd week of his CDL school, our own TruckerMike is getting the feel for the truck and making progress!

Takin' the CDL Test

by Tumbleweed

A really funny story about how one truck driver decided to purposely screw up to get a better score on the CDL exam!

CDL Training - Confidence is Building and Another Pre-Hire Recieved!

by TruckerMike

This wraps up week two of my adventure in truck driving school. I'm having a great time sharing my experiences with everyone!

CDL Training - More Driving Practice

by TruckerMike

In day 7 of truck driving school, our student is catching on fast and enjoying the hell out of learning how to drive!

CDL Training - My First Day Driving With a Trailer!

by TruckerMike

We've been bobtailing around the yard but today was our first day on the road pulling a trailer. Wow!

CDL Training - My First Day Behind the Wheel of a Big Rig!

by TruckerMike

It's the start of week two for our student who is giving us his day-by-day experiences live! Today is his first day driving a rig!

My 4th and 5th Day of Truck Driving School - Passing My CDL Written Exams!

by TruckerMike

We just completed our first week of truck driving school and I passed the exam to get my permit! Let me tell you how it went.

Just an ol' Trucker Looking at Driving Schools

by Pappy

Me, being an ol' time trucker, decided I would go take a look at some of the CDL Schools in my area. Here's a rundown of what I found.

The Structure Of CDL Schooling: Four Weeks To My CDL

by TruckerMike

In my first day of CDL training they talked about the school structure and how we'll have our CDL license in just 4 weeks!

2.6 Million Job Losses in 2008: It's Time To Turn To Truck Driving

by Brett Aquila

With 2.6 million job losses in 2008, many people need a new career with good pay and job security. Truck driving may be it!

Choosing a CDL Truck Driving School - The First Challenge

by TruckerMike

Some excellent, well-researched advice regarding finding the right truck driving school and getting your CDL training.

So You're Thinking About Becoming A Truck Driver?

by Brett Aquila

Our most popular blog! If you've ever wondered about a career in truck driving and whether or not it's for you, this is the place to start!

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