A Simple Guide To Becoming A Commercial Truck Driver

Looking for a career that allows you to see the country? Don't mind being away from home? If this is you, becoming a commercial truck driver may sound like a logical career path for you to take. Before you sign up with a driver's training school to get your CDLs, you should know a few things about becoming a truck driver for a living and get familiar with the steps you should take along the way. 

Give the idea of becoming a truck driver some serious thought. 

Don't take for granted the fact that becoming a truck driver is not an easy decision. Not only do truckers have no choice but to live a certain lifestyle, this is one career that can completely change the way you look at employment. This is a position that may not be built for every individual. A few questions you should ask yourself include:

  • Are you willing to spend a lot of time away from home and your family?
  • Does it bother you to rearrange your sleep schedule for your employment responsibilities?
  • Will you feel comfortable relying on public facilities while you are on the road, such as showers and restrooms?
  • Do you generally relate well to other people regardless of their location?

Make sure you are medically fit to become a truck driver.

It is important to know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Commission has rules in place about truck drivers and their physical condition. There are some physical and medical problems that may hinder your ability to get your CDLs. For example, if you have a disease or condition that affects your vision, you may not be able to pass the physical examination that is required. 

Choose your route of training. 

Once you have determined that you are definitely interested and physically able to take on a driver career, it will be time to choose your route of truck driving training so you can obtain your CDLs. There are many big trucking companies that have in-house training for incoming employees to take advantage of. However, if a trucking company pays for or provides your training, you may be under contract to stick with that particular company for a specific duration, such as a year. On the other hand, you can go with a unaffiliated driving school and pay for the training necessary and then have the freedom to choose whatever trucking company you would like to work for in the end.