How to Become a Truck Driver
Trucking remains one of the most important ways that goods get from one place to another, and truck drivers have been a part of this transportation network for decades. So, how do you get behind the wheel and start training to become a professional trucker? At NETTTS, we offer truck driver training in New England for students who are looking to begin their training to enter this field. We’re sharing tips on how to become a trucker so you can learn more about this profession and learn how you can get behind the wheel.
How Do You Become a Truck Driver?
There are a few things that you’ll want to think about if you are planning for a future in trucking. Here are a few of our recommended steps towards truck driver training:
1. Think about how you’ll practice and consider a truck driving school. First, you’ll want to consider how you will practice CDL training. You’ll probably want to plan on how you’ll have access to a Commercial Motor Vehicle to practice on, and you’ll also need a place to do this. If you have your Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) and want to drive on public roadways, you’ll need a valid CDL holder to be in the truck with you at all times. At NETTTS, we can help train you for your CLP and can provide all of the necessary training equipment included in our training programs. New laws that began in 2022 now require entry-level drivers of commercial motor vehicles complete training by a provider on the FMCSA Training Provider Registry, or TPR.
2. Should you attend CDL driving school? Students often attend our truck driving school so they can learn the in’s and out’s of trucking as they work towards getting their CDL. And as of February 2022, entry-level drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) must complete training from a provider listed on the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR). All NETTTS locations meet these FMCSA Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) requirements. What do you learn in truck driver school? Students will have the opportunity to learn many aspects of trucking at NETTTS before they even climb in a truck. This can include pre-trip inspection, defensive driving techniques, air brake systems, and a lot more. Then, of course, students will be able to practice their skills behind the wheel. This can include a series of backing and turning maneuvers in our training yard, then finally heading on the road with one of our CDL driving instructors.
3. Take your CDL test. Upon completion of our training programs, graduates may take their CDL test with the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. The two main CDL license types for truckers that we train for are Class A and Class B. Each state may have unique rules for taking the CDL test and our team can help answer specific questions you have.
4. Undergo testing and a physical. Most states require potential truckers to undergo drug testing as a part of their CDL process. They may also required to undergo a DOT physical that measures a potential driver’s overall wellness. This helps to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on the road.
How long does it take to become a trucker?
The answer depends on a number of different factors. Are you thinking about a Class A or Class B license? Do you have any prior experience with trucks or heavy equipment? What kind of training schedule works best for you? The number of days you’re in trucking school and the hours you’re putting into training to become a trucker can affect how long it takes you to become prepared and confident behind the wheel. If you want to find out how to become a truck driver, contact our team today to learn more about the courses and Financial Aid available for those who qualify.