How Exactly Hard Is It To Get A CDL A And Become A Truck Driver?

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Chris G.'s Comment
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I'm going to be starting CDL school soon and I just wanted to get an idea of what to expect at school. How was it for you guys at CDL school and how many times did it take you to pass the road test? I feel like I'm asking a lot of questions on here but I'm just trying to get as much information as I can. Thanks guys.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
G-Town's Comment
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I'm going to be starting CDL school soon and I just wanted to get an idea of what to expect at school. How was it for you guys at CDL school and how many times did it take you to pass the road test? I feel like I'm asking a lot of questions on here but I'm just trying to get as much information as I can. Thanks guys.

You might want to invest some time reading the threads in the diary section of the forum. The first full page is all current and active.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Hard is relative to the student ut it isn't easy either.

I agree, you should check out the training diary section and search for your cdl school or company sponsored school.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here's a link to the CDL Training Diaries where people share their experiences during their training.

CDL Training Diaries

Also, go through our Truck Driver's Career Guide if you haven't already. It's loaded with tons of useful information about getting through the training. In fact, Chapter 5 covers it specifically:

Chapter 5: Attending CDL School And Preparing For The Driving Exam

Everyone will give you a slightly different take on the various stages of their training. I can assure you that's it's going to be super challenging in a lot of different ways but what you'll like or dislike will have a lot to do with how you personally go about learning things and how well you get along with people.

Most of the gripes people have about their training comes from the sour personalities they had to deal with along the way. Trucking attracts some rough characters and its fair share of oddballs and unfortunately some of them wind up as trainers, either at schools or out on the road. You're almost certainly going to deal with some personality conflict. The better you are at getting along with people the better your chances of enjoying your time in training.

For others, the long days, the stress, and the overwhelming amount of information you have to learn takes a lot of the fun out of it for them.

For others, like myself, who live for adventure and can't get through a day without taking on a great challenge it was really nothing but fun. I absolutely enjoyed the heck out of going to school and then going on the road with a mentor. I got along great with everyone, I learned what I was supposed to, and I had an awesome time doing it.

Your attitude will mean everything, just like the saying goes. Go into it with a great attitude and keep that great attitude.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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