Before starting a career as a CDL truck driver, there a few things you need to know about what you will learn during your training. For those eager to jump in, the first thing to be aware of is that the age requirement for intra-state driving is 18 and inter-state is 21 years old.
Obtaining a CDL License is Only Step 1
Passing the test is only the beginning. Most companies will want training or experience as a driver before they will consider you for employment. It is imperative to go through a training course so you rack up all the driving experience and preparation you can, the more practice you have the better you will look to prospective employers.
Skills You Will Learn in CDL Training
- Vehicle operation skill like emergency protocols, how to handle bad weather and changing driving habits to accommodate heavier weight loads
- Basic driving like backing up, passing, turning, signaling and shifting
- Coupling and uncoupling trailers
- Pre- and post-trip inspections
- Using GPS and reading maps
- How to use logbooks
- Delivery tracking
Understanding the Lifestyle of a Truck Driver
Being a CDL driver requires a large personal commitment. There are long nights, early mornings and lots of time alone. It is important to know the impact the hours will take on you and your family. However, Apex CDL is partnered with Coca-Cola, Sysco and other many other companies that will keep your driving jobs local to the Kansas City area so you don’t have to sacrifice family time.