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TRUCKING INDUSTRY

OUTLOOK FOR  2021 

The economy and truck driver demand is expected to rebound throughout 2021 from the impacts the pandemic had and create a positive trend going into the 2022 year. If you are looking to start a trucking career, 2021 is the year to do it!   Read More!!!

 

What is the Commercial 

Learner's Permit ?

The Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) is the written portion of the CDL testing. It will allow the driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while supervised by a valid CDL holder.    Read More!!!

 

What Is a CDL 

(Commercial Driver’s License)?

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) allows someone to legally drive many large trucks and other vehicles that require specialized skills, knowledge, and physical abilities to operate. Vehicles that require a CDL driver include tractor trailers, hazardous materials vehicles, buses, livestock trailers, and many other transport or work vehicles.   Read More!!!

 

Requirements for CDL Drivers.

The FMCSA has spelled out certain disqualifying offenses that could prevent you from driving.   Read More!!!

 

 

How Much $$ Do Truck Drivers Make?

Most first year truck drivers can expect to make in a range of $30,000 - $40,000. With experience the pay will rise fairly rapidly.    Read More!!!

 

Company Sponsored CDL Training

Trucking companies will sponsor you by paying for your CDL schooling and on-the-road training with them. In return you agree to drive for them for a specific amount of time or miles. This agreement will be spelled out in a legally-binding contract. Most companies will require about a one year commitment to them.  Read More!!!

 

 

What is a “DAC”  and How

WillIt Affect Your Job Opportunities?

Consider “DAC” reports like a credit report for cdl drivers. Count on any potential employer to run your “DAC” report after you apply.  Read More!!!

 

 

Paid CDL  vs  Private CDL  Training

The decision to attend paid CDL training or a private truck driving school is going to depend mostly on your personal situation. Either option is a great choice, and will get you your CDL and on your way. Read More!!!

 

 

How Do I Choose a CDL Truck Driver Training Scool?

There are several things to consider before choosing a CDL training program:

  • Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure: At the very least, you want to ensure your school meets state standards. For federal financial aid, you need an accredited school.         Read More!!!

What to Expect in CDL Training

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets forth nationwide training standards for CDL programs. However, your state may have waived the national CDL skills test, meaning these exact requirements may not fit.       Read More!!!

Dealing With Your Trainer

Like it or not, you're going to be paired up with, and live with, somebody who, until very recently, you didn't know at all. Normally, the both of you will make it through the company training phase unscathed, and you will move on to your own solo career.        Read More!!!

Dealing With Company Recruiters?

Your initial point-of-contact with any trucking company will be with their recruiters. Recruiters will play an instrumental part in your choice of company, and there are plenty of questions that you should ask them before deciding.     Read More!!!

How Will This Effect My Family? 

When you decide to become a truck driver, your family will be effected greatly by your decision. Generally, drivers with families, especially young families, would be advised against seeking over-the-road driving jobs. That said, most new truck drivers will start out driving over-the-road, obviously with some exceptions, for at least their first year. Most large carriers will give one day of home time for every 5-7 days on the road, usually with some kind of limit.          Read More!!!

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