The growing American economy translates to a growing need for CDL truck driver jobs as well. CDL or commercial driver’s license is a driver’s license required to operate heavy and large vehicles. If the economy is growing, trade is also at its peak. Transporting goods is essential in any trade, and across the US, most freight is transported over land usually by 18-wheeler trucks.
Since it is a very brutal profession, minimum requirements have to be met for CDL truck driver jobs. There are different classes established as a state issue a CDL to any driver. For example, for CDL drivers classified as Class A, they are allowed to drive vehicles that weigh 26,0001 pounds and above. They are also allowed to tow trailers weighing 10,000 pounds plus the vehicle used for towing weighing 26,0001 or higher. They may also transport hazardous materials granting that they transport them in vehicles with warning placards as regulated by the Department of Public Safety. Prior to becoming Class A commercial driver, drivers need to secure Class A permits that are also subject to different set of requirements.
Before 1986, a large number of traffic accidents involving heavy and large vehicles are attributed to lack of regulations and training in driving CMVs or commercial motor vehicles. In connection to this, the CDL was then established in 1986. But before it was established, there is no stringent regulation across the states, only varying requirements in the different states. After 1986, all drivers operating commercial vehicles cannot do so without a CDL. One cannot acquire a CDL before undergoing training in a CDL approved institution or facility and must pass a series of written and practical exams.
In order to qualify for CDL truck driving jobs, one must complete a CDL training program. These programs specialize in special skills and knowledge to safely operate large vehicles, read maps, efficiently plan trips and routes, and are compliant with Department of Transportation’s law. They also teach the basics of backing, hooking, turning and driving a truck which is very different than driving a regular car. The exams questions include highway safety and different parts of a truck, and the passing is 80%.