Being humble and coachable is critical to success, especially as a student in CDL training. Many careers were cut short by inflated egos.
Going through paid CDL training is stressful and challenging. Here is what it's like and what you can do to help your chances of success.
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.
If you're attending a company-sponsored training program you need to understand the nature of the selection process. Here are some important insights.
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.
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!
I recently completed Swift Transportation's company-sponsored training program and here's what the experience was like for me.
Getting started with CDL training meant a ton of bookwork in the beginning, working outside in temps below zero, and busting up some drivetrains.
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.
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.
CDL training is certainly not easy. Here are four main reasons why people tend to fail their training at truck driving school and how to prevent them.
Options for funding your tuition to truck driving school include grants, student loans, sponsored training, tuition reimbursement, and many more.
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
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
I've completed my CDL training and I now have my CDL but there was plenty of stress and some rough teachers to deal with along the way - here's the story
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.
Company Sponsored CDL training can be a lot like boot camp. Prepare to have your self-worth, dignity, brains, abilities, and patience tested.
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.
Truck drivers in Europe now must pay to have additional schooling in order to maintain their status as truck drivers. Will this be coming to the U.S.?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Phase one CDL training is about half way over with and it's a roller coaster of emotions. Some days he loves his new trucking career, but not others.
Becoming a truck driver is a stressful, difficult process - especially for couples. Here's some advice for couples considering getting into trucking.
This is what I've learned from the perspective I've gained as my husband went through the classroom training in truck driving school.
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.
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.
Truck driver training is always filled with a lot of pressure and uncertainty. That is what has made his accomplishments so special.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Truck driving jobs are available, but many trucking companies have been able to be more selective in this slower economy than they have in the past.
We had some interesting things today, including pulling doubles, 45 degree sight-side backing, and a new instructor for the road trip.
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.
Today there were several activities including speaking to a few recruiters, pre-trip inspections, backing practice, and a short trip on the highway.
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.
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.
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!
Getting through my CDL training is not easy, and getting a job and getting rollin in this economic environment is proving to be tough.
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.
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!
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 at the end of week one has us out on the range backing up tractor trailers and doing pre-trip inspections.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Truck driving jobs pay well and getting your CDL is an option. But in this economy, will you find work? Is trucking school the right choice?
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!
In this blog, TruckerMike explains how he passed his pre-trip inspection exam, but the instructor and the test were really tough!
The start of week 4 means testing time for our CDL student in truck driver training. Here Mike blogs about nerves before test time.
Well our CDL exams are getting near and here's how we're preparing for the big day.
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!
Half way through the third week of his CDL school, our own TruckerMike is getting the feel for the truck and making progress!
This wraps up week two of my adventure in truck driving school. I'm having a great time sharing my experiences with everyone!
In day 7 of truck driving school, our student is catching on fast and enjoying the hell out of learning how to drive!
We've been bobtailing around the yard but today was our first day on the road pulling a trailer. Wow!
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!
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.
Day three in CDL school brought air brakes, a trip out to the truck to learn hands on, and anticipation of Friday's permit exam!
This is day two of our CDL training. We're documenting every day of truck driving school so you can follow along!
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!
The day has arrived! My first day of truck driving school and it was great! Let me tell you what it was all about.
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