Truck Driver's Career Guide Chapter 5

Truck Driver Career Guide: Stress & Training

This truck driver career guide covers the stress and training involved in a truck driver career. Learn about the learning pace at private and company-sponsored training, the schedule of truck driving school, and tips on how to handle the pressures of training and the job itself.

Learn How to Pass the CDL Backing Test

Backing a tractor-trailer is one of the most difficult tasks for truck drivers. Learn the maneuvers and techniques needed to pass the CDL backing test, including straight line backing, offset backing, parallel parking, and alley dock. Watch videos to understand how to do each maneuver correctly.

CDL Road Skills Test: What to Expect

This guide covers the basics of the CDL road skills test, including what to expect during the exam and what can cause an automatic failure. Tips on how to pass are also provided, such as starting in a low gear to avoid stalling, and approaching railroad-highway grade crossings with caution.

Preparing for a Truck Driver Career

This page provides information on preparing for a truck driver career. It covers topics such as getting your commercial learner's permit and DOT physical, making family arrangements, and packing for school. It also provides helpful ideas from experienced drivers on what to pack and bring with you to CDL training school.

CDL Training: Driving Skills Test & Pre-Trip Inspection

This guide covers the skills required to pass the driving skills portion of the CDL test, including the pre-trip inspection, road test, and backing tests. Learn what the CDL examiner is looking for and how to prepare for the exam. Find out the consequences of failing and the score sheet for the CDL skills test.

Truck Driver Pre-Trip Inspection

This guide provides truck drivers with info on pre-trip inspection on their vehicle, incl. in-cab & external features, engine compartment. Tips & practice exams to help pass CDL permit & endorsement exams.

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