Truck driving is rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing careers in the country. The commercial trucking industry is expected to see a shortage of over 200,000 drivers over the next ten years while the economic demand for trucking services is expected to increase substantially. Due to this forecasted shortage, trucking companies are now offering better than ever wages, benefits and schedules. Sound interesting? Here’s how you can become a commercial truck driver.
– It may not be a formal or mandatory requirement, but you should complete high school or get your General Education Development diploma (GED); you will find that most trucking companies desire to hire high school graduates.
– A tainted driving record may keep you from getting the trucking job you want, so preserve a clean record. Any DUI convictions or moving violations may prevent you from being hired. If you have any such convictions, misdemeanors, or felonies, it is imperative that you are honest on your applications, so that you can be matched with companies that would consider hiring you despite past convictions.
– Get your CDL (commercial driver’s license). A CDL is required of any persons that will be driving trucks that weight over 26,000 pounds and or transports hazardous materials. The CDL is comprised of a written exam and a driving exam to ensure your abilities to operate a commercial vehicle.
– The U.S. Department of Transportation requires an exam as well: the FMCSR, or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations exam. This includes a written test and physical exam with vision and hearing evaluations. The exam is required every two years in order for a truck driver to maintain a truck driving job.
– Trucking companies are required to carry out pre-employment and subsequent periodic drug test of all truck drivers. Failing such a test may result in not be hired or immediate termination if you are a current employee during that time.
Source by Aubrey Nichols
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