To become a truck driver, you must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) by going to an accredited driving school and passing a written and on-the-road test. These classes are the foundation for your success and the key to beginning a new and lucrative career. By following these tips, you’ll get the most out of your experience and be better prepared for life as a trucker.
What Should You Do During Your CDL Classes?
1. Maintain a Study Schedule
Success relies on preparation. Take detailed notes while you’re in class and go over them whenever you have free time. You can even prepare before classes begin. Study the Ohio CDL manual and take notes to prepare for your exam. The checklist of items you’ll need before you get on the road is extensive, as is the guide on how to handle your rig. Keep a list of tips and tricks to help you until it becomes second nature.
2. Prioritize the Classes
Trucking school isn’t an ordinary school. It’s a short-term commitment—usually lasting only four to eight weeks in Ohio, according to AllTrucking.com. If you miss a class, you’ll lose vital information. Instructors move quickly to get drivers on the road faster.
Everything your instructor teaches you is important for your new career. If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. The instructors are there to help, and they’re happy to answer questions.
3. Preserve Your Health
Sugary snacks and fast food are extremely convenient when you’re on the road, but they’re best left as a rare treat. Trucking is a sedentary job, meaning you’ll be spending up to 11 hours a day driving, as reported by The Balance.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires truckers to keep a healthy diet and fitness regimen ahead of time, so you can pass the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. Do workouts that focus on your core to stay trim and reduce the likelihood of back pain later on. When you’re on the road, trucker-specific fitness apps suggested by ATBS.com will help you maintain your health.
While you’re still in class and when you’re on the road later, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. You’re more alert, focused, and can concentrate easier when you’re rested and less likely to make simple mistakes.
4. Remember Your End Goal
As a truck driver, the country is your office. You’ll always have the freedom of the open road laid out ahead of you. AllTrucking.com notes that even new drivers will be paid a lucrative salary with ample benefits and opportunities for growth. Reminding yourself of your goals while in driving school will give you the incentive you need to keep moving forward.
Our accredited CDL program provides the classes and the experience you’ll need to thrive as a truck driver. For more information on our 2020 day and night classes, reach out to us at (330) 239-2229.
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