How to Become a Truck Driver: The Ultimate Guide

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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Truck Driver

Welcome to DRC’s ultimate guide on how to become a truck driver. In this guide we’ll review the step-by-step process of what you need to do to become a truck driver. Including how to get a CDL, how long it takes to get a CDL and the requirements to get a CDL.

The Basics – What is a CDL?

If you want to become a truck driver you will first need a CDL. Learn more about the commercial drivers license, the different types and why it is the essential first step in the process of becoming a truck driver.

THe Basics: How to Get A CLP?

To be a truck driver, you need a CDL Class A permit, also called a CLP. The process is simple, but it might be confusing for new drivers. This guide will help you through what is need to be a truck driver.

Cost: How Much Is CDL School?

Wondering how much CDL school is and how to pay for it? No need to stress. We offer affordable CDL training with many of our students utilizing grants and tuition assistance to pay for CDL school. Read more to find out how to pay for CDL training.

Cost: What is Paid CDL Training?

Most CDL students aim for a free or low-cost CDL. While it’s possible to get your CDL school covered for free, getting paid during CDL school is uncommon. Only a few schools or companies offer payment for the time spent in CDL training. However, once you have your CDL and join a company, they’ll pay you for orientation and in-truck training.

Requirements: The DOT Physical

A DOT physical is a mandatory medical exam for commercial drivers to ensure they’re fit to operate a commercial vehicle. To obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), passing this exam is necessary. This blog will cover the DOT physical process, expectations before and after the exam, the significance of a passing score, and details about the examiners.

Requirements: Blood Pressure

Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is an essential requirement for getting a CDL and passing the DOT physical. Meeting the criteria for good blood pressure is a crucial aspect of the qualification process for aspiring truck drivers. Learn more about these requirements.

Truck Driver Pay: How Much Do They Make?

A study by the American Trucking Association shows truck drivers make around $69,000/year, with private fleet drivers earning up to $85,000/year.* Read more about how much you can make as a truck driver.

Truck Driver Pay: Is Trucking A Good Career?

Ready to get a CDL, but wondering is trucking a good career? Explore more about the pros and cons that come with this career choice. With high pay, benefits and numerous job opportunities, it’s a worth a strong consideration.**

Job Opportunities

From OTR and regional to van and flatbed, a CDL opens the door to a number of driving job opportunities. Read on to learn more about the different types of CDL job opportunities and what kind of experience or endorsement you will need and what to expect with each one. **

Supercharge Your Career With CDL Endorsements

What exactly is a CDL endorsement? It’s an extension to your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) that enhances your income potential and job opportunities. This endorsement provides extra training and authorizes you to transport items beyond the scope of your existing CDL. Now, let’s explore the various types of CDL endorsements.

Veterans: How Use Your benefits

Many military men and women find a professional driving career to be a perfect match for their skills. The initial step involves obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Veterans can utilize their Post 9/11 GI Bill® or other educational benefits to cover some or all of the CDL training costs through specific DRC network schools.

CDL Training For Veterans

Attention military veterans seeking a rewarding career in trucking! Dive into the comprehensive career guide that equips you with all the essential information on initiating a successful journey in the truck driving industry. Discover everything you need to kickstart your career on the road!

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Your Resource For All Things CDL School

Are you aspiring to kickstart a rewarding career in professional truck driving? Look no further than the DRC Ultimate Career Guide! This comprehensive resource serves as your go-to hub for all things related to obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and navigating the exciting world of trucking. Whether you’re a novice or just need a refresher, the guide covers the basics of CDLs, breaks down the essential knowledge you need, and provides insights into various trucking jobs.

The DRC Ultimate Career Guide goes beyond just acquiring a CDL; it’s your roadmap to success in the trucking industry. Discover valuable information on understanding the requirements, and mastering the essential skills. As you embark on your journey, this guide will be your trusted companion, offering guidance on the entire process from CDL acquisition to finding the perfect job. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to equip yourself with the knowledge and insights that will set you on the path to a fulfilling career in professional truck driving!

*Pay information based on ATA Compensation Study

**Driver demand based on ATA report

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