While we are busy telling you everything that you need to know about trucking through the eyes of the driver, we have a series of articles from the perspective of a CDL company trainer, as he guides one of his students through the process of company-sponsored CDL training and on-the-road training.
Types of Trainers and How to Deal With Them
While I've only been a CDL instructor for about a week now, I've already noticed that my training techniques could easily go in several different directions. Just like it's stressful for a student driver, it's also stressful being a trainer!
Trying To Teach Proper Driver Forecasting
While my student still gives me a minor heart attack about once a day, he has improved dramatically in just a few short weeks. There is so much for me to teach him, and so much for him to learn in a relatively short amount of time.
A Driver Trainer's Perspective: Some Helpful Tips And Observations For Student Drivers
I've heard people claim that the best way to learn something inside and out is to teach it. After going through this whole experience, I definitely agree with that statement. I learned more about truck driving over the past 4 weeks than I have in the previous three years combined.
Learning How To Back Up A Big Truck
The backing test consists of many different maneuvers. The type of test varies from state to state, but for the state of Missouri, my student will need to perform a straight back, offset backing, alley dock, and parallel park.
A Trainer's Perspective On Teaching Students How To Shift
As the first student began to drive, I had an immediate flashback to when I first started learning. He was so nervous, his brain was just frozen and he had no coordination. He didn't know what pedal to press and which brakes to release. It was my job to stay calm and walk him through every single step.
CDL Testing Day From A Trainers Perspective
At 6:30am we checked in and took a seat with about 15 other students and instructors. At that point, we were told that it was going to be a very long day. They only had 2 CDL examiners available for 15 of us taking our exam that day. So basically, it would be an all day ordeal and we needed to be patient.