An Introductory Guide to CDL Training School

An Introductory Guide to CDL Training School

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An Introductory Guide to CDL Training School C.R. Englandis one of a few trucking companies in the United States willing to hire completely inexperienced drivers and send them toCDL school to get their training.

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Published 14 December 2015
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An Introductory Guide to CDL Training School C.R. Englandis one of a few trucking companies in the United States willing to hire completely inexperienced drivers and send them toCDL school to get their training. In light of that, we frequently speak to potential job candidates who want to know what CDL driving school is really like before they submit an application. It is a reasonable question and one we are more than happy to answer.
We hear the question often enough that we thought it appropriate to write a blog post about it so as to answer it more thoroughly. As you read our description, keep in mind that every CDL school in the country has a different way of doing things. The information below pertains to the kinds of things a new driver learns as well as generally accepted practices of teaching those things. Classroom Training Any good training program starts with work in the classroom. There is a lot to learn, so it is not uncommon for the first 40 hours of training to be devoted almost entirely to classroom work. During this time, students will learn the information necessary to take and pass the learner's permit test. The remainder of the classroom work deals with things such as: DOT RegulationsThe trucking industry is highly regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Therefore, it is imperative that new drivers learn and understand DOT regulations. Students spend time learning about things such as inspections, weight limits, record keeping, and so on. Loading and Securementspend time learning the principles of loading and securing cargo using Students various kinds of trailers. They learn about flatbed, dry goods, and reefer (refrigerated goods) trailers. Vehicle InspectionsDrivers are required to conduct vehicle inspections prior to every trip. Students learn how to do so in the classroom before going outside and actually demonstrating their knowledge using a real truck and trailer.
This is just a sampling of the kinds of things that students learn in the classroom. There is certainly more information covering everything from driving in certain weather conditions to properly maintaining a truck to filling out log books. Hands-On Training There are only so many things new drivers can learn in the classroom. Therefore, every CDL driving school in the country puts their new drivers behind the wheel of an actual truck, where they spend two to three weeks learning and practicing the skills they need to succeed. The best CDL schools have multiple vehicles of different sizes to expose new drivers to as many possibilities as they can. The hands-on training covers all of the necessary skills you would expect, including: BackingBacking a trailer into position is probably the one skill most new drivers fear the most. They soon find out that it is probably one of the easiest skills to master. Controlled BrakingThere is a lot to learn about braking a big rig. You cannot simply slam on the brakes of an 18 wheeler and expect the same results you get from doing the same thing with the family sedan. Trucks are much larger, heavier, and longer. Students have to learn how to brake properly. Corneringnew drivers tell us the hardest skill to master is cornering. Why? Because larger vehicles Many require you to pull into an intersection before you turn. This is contrary to how we all learned to drive a car. As you can see, a lot goes on at the average CDL driving school. But going to school is well worth it once you land a truck driving job with good pay and stability. Visit:http://www.crengland.com/truck-driving-schools