CDL Truck Driving School Tips For Beginner Commercial Truck Driving

Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) tips for beginning truckers choosing their 18 wheel trucker school.

One of 4 ways to get your CDL are
1) Community Colleges offer the lowest tuition, but normally take anywhere from 6-12 weeks, or more, to fully complete.
2) Company sponsored training, where the company you contractually agree to work for during your first year pays your CDL school tuition, room and maybe some stipend money for weekly food.
3) State or federal government help, via the local unemployment office, which can sometimes either pay part or all of your CDL school tuition.
4) Retail (you pay your full tuition yourself, obligating yourself to nobody, contractually).

I took route 4, but I have reserves and other income and any of these routes are solely your discretion, based on need and capability.

CDL training and the end result of truck driving is highly misrepresented and misunderstood by the average person, I believe, and their is a strong income to be made, especially as an owner operator or lease operator, but like anything else, your own situation and desire for risk are your choice.

For your walkaround inspection training look at this video and OWN it
CDL Pretrip Inspection Video

It’s been an eye-opening first 3 months, and its everything I thought it would be, and more.

The Commercial Truck Driving reality so far has been everything I expected, and everything I wanted.

I do see that regardless of where you start with whatever company, the first 6-12 months are simply you getting your experience and miles, so I have a ‘3 year plan’ regarding this industry, and I wont let anything get in my head about this business until I get the first year under my belt.

It’s the closest thing to being self employed I have found, and its all better as the experience and miles are gained.

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13 thoughts on “CDL Truck Driving School Tips For Beginner Commercial Truck Driving

  1. My name is David
    I have my TWIC card
    I am 33 yrs old
    I have been studying for my class a license I want to go to school to get my Class A license 4 weeks of school three weeks of trainer after that do you get your own truck to yourself to drive is my question

  2. I didn’t know that there were so many options to pay for CDL school. It seems to me that it would be good to be completely sure that you want to drive trucks before making that investment. The help schooling would likely be really helpful though, it looks really hard to back those long trailers.

  3. Thanks for pointing out that there are many ways to get your CDL, such as at a community college. You also mention that some companies sponsor their own training if you agree to work for them for a year. I think it’s important to choose a CDL training course that goes above and beyond the state minimum requirements so that you are prepared to face any situation on the road.

  4. Great information. I appreciate it. I’m a 66 year old supply boat captain (25+ years) that has gotten laid off due to the slump in the oil field. I’ve worked offshore in one form or another since 1975. I have a class A CDL that I got in 2006. I used it in my own company driving a dump truck with a loader on a trailer (I did this while on shore as an extra income opportunity)
    I’m looking into 18 wheeler otr/regional trucking.
    Seeking all the information I can to get started. Thanks in advance. Mike

    1. you are farther along than most, and being an offshore worker you also know hustle better than most. your transition should be an easy one, just a matter of speaking to companies if your cdl is current. where do you live?

  5. I have been wanting to get a truck license for some time. There are a variety of ways to receive the instruction for this. As you mentioned, there are different training options with different rates and tuition. I will definitely have to see which will best fit my budget and schedule. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hey fellow friends. I just want to point out to fellow commenters that Viking usually responds best on his YouTube feed. Speak to him there. God bless everybody.

    1. your statement is true, and its even easier to get help on the forum. i have been a bit swamped. sorry for the delay, but thanks for helping folks find me better. 🙂

  7. Red Viking THANK you for all your help the pre trip video very helpful… I just got my permit (: god bless you

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