If you’re going to drive a big rig (a large commercial truck) then you’ll need a commercial driver’s license, also known as your “CDL.” What’s considered large? A truck weighing more than 26,001 pounds or towing a unit weighing over 10,000 pounds.
Depending on which state you live in, in order to get a CDL you’ll need to meet certain requirements such as being at least 18 years of age, passing a vision test, having a current driver’s license, passing a knowledge test, and passing a physical. You’ll do practice driving and most likely enroll in CDL training at a school in order to learn how to properly and safely drive a commercial truck. Some community colleges offer CDL training for about $2,000 while independent schools might charge between $3,000 and $7,000. Meanwhile, some trucking companies offer paid training to cover tuition costs– nice– though you’ll likely have to then work for them and pay it back.
Next Step After Obtaining CDL License
After you’ve obtained your CDL, now what? Well, you could sign with a carrier or drive solo. If you sign with a carrier, you’ll want to keep in mind what your benefits would be– as well as your salary, work schedule, opportunities for growth, etc. If you decide to drive solo, you might do some local/regional jobs in order to be home daily.
Work With a Truck Driver Placement Agency
If you’re the kind of person who wants to make money driving a truck and you’re not tied down to one area, and you don’t mind long hauls, then signing with a carrier might be the right choice after you’ve obtained your CDL. Now if you’re not sure how to find a job, there’s this option: work with a truck driving placement agency. If you want more information about this, please call Platinum Drivers at 844-800-1421. Platinum Drivers is dedicated to driver placement, connecting drivers and customers.