There are literally hundreds of truck driving schools across the country, each with different programs. As with any business, there are good ones and there are bad ones. But you have to know what to look for in a trucking school.
There are essentially three different types of truck driver training programs. The first is a private school, the second is a public institution and the third is a training program run by a motor carrier.
How to Become an Over-The-Road Trucker
By Brian Thompson
Truck driving is a vital industry. In fact, if the trucking industry screeched to a halt, so would the economy of the United States. Not as many people want to know how to become an over-the-road truck driver, but you may want to consider it.
The quickest way to become an over-the-road driver is to finish high school. If you've already quit school, a GED is required; however, many trucking companies will only hire drivers with a high school diploma.
Keep your driving record clean. If you have too many speeding tickets or problems with driving under the influence, you may have problems becoming a truck driver. Check with your state to find out what their requirements are.
Learn to drive a truck by going to a truck driving school. A truck weighs in at over 26,000 pounds. You may also have to transport hazardous materials, so learning to drive a big rig isn't the same as learning to drive a car. There should be a licensed truck driver who will help you learn the truck driving ropes and help prepare you for your driving test.
After you've graduated from driving school, you'll be able to apply for a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). There is a written as well as a driving test, so your best effort is needed.
Passing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) exam is also necessary. This is the written test given by the United States Department of Transportation, after which time they'll send you for a complete physical which will include a vision and hearing test. If you don't pass any of these tests, you will have to retake them in the future. Every two years you will be required to take another physical exam in order to keep your FMCSR qualifications active.
Don't be surprised if you're asked to take drug tests periodically, particularly if you become employed by a trucking company. Drugs, alcohol, and moving violations tickets are not helpful if you plan to keep driving. It would be best to stay away from these things altogether.
Truck driving is often a lonely job. You're on the road for days to weeks at a time, so being able to handle alone time is important. If you prefer to be around people and are very social, truck driving may not be the field for you. This is something only you will be able to decide.
You can learn how to become an over-the-road truck driver if that is your desire. Check with your state's Department of Transportation to see if they have any unusual requirements for receiving your license. Go to school, stay out of trouble on the road, and you could be on the way to a successful career in the trucking industry.
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