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3 More Things They Don't Teach in CDL School

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3 More Things They Don't Teach in CDL School A while back, we posted a blog discussing the top three things they do not teach you in CDL training school. In the weeks and months following, we realized there were more things we could have mentioned in that post.

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3 More Things They Don't Teach in CDL School

A while back, we posted a blog discussing the top three things they do not teach you in CDL training school. In the weeks
and months following, we realized there were more things we could have mentioned in that post. Therefore, to continue
the thought, we put together three more things you will not learn during CDL training.

Do not misunderstand, CDL training is necessary for someone who wants to earn a commercial driver’s license. However,
going to CDL school is not the same as actually driving for a living. As with anything else, experience is the best teacher
for truck drivers. The things a driver learns behind the wheel are the things that he or she will carry through for an entire
career.



Without further delay, here are three more things they do not teach in CDL school:

1. Personal Relationships Count

One of the biggest complaints among truck drivers is that of loneliness. Over-the-road driving is a solitary career, no
doubt. What many new drivers soon figure out after just several months on the road is that their personal relationships
are extremely important. You've heard the saying, “distance makes the heart grow fonder.” That's true, but too much
distance for too long a time can have just the opposite effect. That means truckers have to work harder at their personal
relationships than others.

Truckers and their significant others need to make the most of the time they have together. They need to learn to
communicate in ways that do not always include face-to-face conversations. They need to learn to understand one
another's joys, frustrations and sorrows, so that they can support and care for one another whether they are physically
together or not. All of this is true for kids as well.




2. Reputations Count

The nature of cargo transport and logistics is such that reputations are crucial in the industry. This includes both
individual drivers and the companies they are hauling for. Don't believe us? Then take an informal poll among your
fellow truckers next time you're sitting at the lunch counter. Ask them to list the five best and worst carriers to work for,
and then sit back and let them talk. You will quickly find out which carriers have good reputations and which have bad.
And, by the way, it's a lot easier to get good loads with a good reputation.

3. Experience Counts

New drivers just getting into the industry may feel as though they are entitled to the best jobs and the best equipment.
Nevertheless, that is not how it works. Truck driving is no different from any other industry in that there is a difference
between an entry-level position and one filled by someone with extensive experience. One of the fundamental realities
of life is that experience counts. Experience gets you better jobs, higher pay, more respect, and a bit more freedom and
flexibility.

The most experienced drivers will tell you that it took them quite a while to reach the level they are currently at. They all
started at the bottom of the ladder, working their way up by not refusing loads and making their schedules on time. Over
months and years of giving their best, they gained more experience that eventually paid off. That is how it's done.

At C.R. England, we are proud to train new drivers through our training partner Premier Truck Driving Schools. Yet we
also know that CDL school cannot teach our drivers everything. There is no substitute for time spent on the road. To that
end, we have job openings for new drivers looking to get started.


Sources:

1. C.R. England - CDL Schools - http://www.crengland.com/truck-driving-schools