Commercial trucking has long been a career of choice for many people. Despite the long hours, it’s a chance to see the country and make decent money while doing it. There are a few things to know before you enroll in a commercial driving school. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get your CDL in the most efficient, cost-effective manner that will have you back on the road making money in no time.


1. Get Hired First

Many companies prefer to hire people who don’t have a CDL yet so they can train them on their own rigs, while others like Steven Van Lines (a nationwide moving company) prefer to hire seasonal owner-operator rigs. This is valuable to the company because you usually have to commit to working for them for a period of time to make their investment worthwhile, and it’s more valuable to the potential driver because they can start their employment immediately. Training is usually paid, and you can earn your CDL at the end of your education.

2. Know Yourself

No matter how well a job pays, it isn’t for everybody. If you already hate long drives or find car rides dull, you’re not going to enjoy long-haul trucking. It’s important to have at least a cursory understanding of your vehicle, so if that doesn’t appeal to you, then trucking is not going to fit your lifestyle. If you’ve always loved long road trips and prefer your own company, driving an 18-wheeler may just be your dream come true.

3. Understand the Health Concerns

Long-term drivers tend to suffer from health conditions because of staying in one position for so long. Slipped discs and back pain are extremely common with truckers, cab drivers and anyone else who spends the primary part of their day behind the wheel. It’s also a recipe for weight gain and loneliness for those prone to either. Today, many companies offer solutions to these problems, including exercise regimens for their drivers. There are also much healthier options on the road than there used to be since there is now more produce available at convenience stores across the country.

4. It Takes Time

Earning your CDL takes time and a lot of training. If you enroll in school, you won’t be paid during that period. These rigs are big and heavy, so they take a lot of getting used to and understanding your place on the road. The dangers inherent in driving these vehicles means that the people who would like to undertake this career need to be very serious about their own safety and the safety of others. It can take up to seven weeks to earn your CDL.

Long-haul trucking can be an extremely lucrative and rewarding career. It can also be a lot of fun for people who enjoy road trips and adventure. You can see a lot of the country with this job, and bring back a lot of money when you return home.



As older generations of truck drivers have begun to retire in waves, positions are opening up rapidly. The average long-haul truck driver’s salary was $62,876 last year, taken from the 12 months preceding July 2017. No matter what state you live in, you must pass the commercial driver’s license exam to operate a big rig legally.

Studying for the CDL permit is time-consuming, discouraging, and difficult. Applicants must first have a commercial driver’s instruction permit, then take the CDL exam. Every state’s test is different, but topics in all states include emergencies, what to do in accidents, and driving in rough weather. Here are some tips to help you pass your upcoming CDL permit exam.

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1. Get practical experience

Consider hiring a driving instructor to get familiarized with big rigs and their 18-wheeler trailers. There’s more hardware to maintain in trucks than standard passenger vehicles, requiring prospective truck drivers to have hands-on experience. You must pass the written and field tests, although having more practical experience than book experience is likely better than book smarts outweighing real-world knowledge, serious test takers should study both thoroughly.

2. Buy a test guide

States do provide future test truck drivers with information that is covered on the CDL test. However, third-party exam guides are likely more educational than those provided by government agencies. They usually include hundreds of questions to quiz yourself on after studying.

3. Study for sections one by one

The commercial driver’s license exam consists of potentially seven different sections with test takers having to score at least 80% in each category. These include the hazardous materials, general knowledge, air brakes, and tanker tests, among others. Rather than blazing through study materials all at once, study for particular sections in sequential order.

4. Test the same way you study

Studying for exams in the same place every session helps increase test performance. Try your best to replicate study habits when taking the CDL exam. For example, if you wear jeans and a sweater while studying, put on those clothes before testing for the permit.

5. Don’t study the two days before the test

Overexerting one’s self in days prior to academic exams may result in test takers performing less than optimally. All studying should be completed several days before the exam, as learning during last minute stretches is often not conducive to testing success.

6. Take practice tests

Everybody studies for the CDL exam, along with most other paper- and computer-based tests in life, using reading materials. While this is the most traditional method of studying, quizzing one’s self on practice tests prior to exam day helps students recall knowledge more efficiently.

7. Don’t drink coffee or drinks with caffeine

If you regularly drink coffee or skip breakfast in the morning, do so the morning of the exam. Otherwise, stay away from drinking beverages that have caffeine in them, as it may cause bad testing performance.