Starting your career as a truck driver is a great new beginning. Certainly a truck driving job is one of a kind, with a life unmatched in any other industry. However, before you can get out on the road you need to go to truck driving school and get your CDL. Selecting which truck driving school you are going to attend is a very important first step to your truck driving career.
There are a few different kinds of trucking schools, depending on what you want out of your training. C.R. England’s partner school, Premier Truck Driving School provides students with top of the industry training with a special emphasis on safety and guarantees students with a truck driving job upon successful completion of the school.
Once you are signed up for trucking school, there are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself. To begin with, your recruiter should send you a list of items you need to bring with you. On this list you will find items such as your driver’s license and your birth certificate as well as bedding, clothing, and personal hygiene items.
When attending Premier Truck Driving School, it is important to realize that you will be away from home for an extended amount of time. If there is anything you know you are going to be needing, make sure you bring it. Along these same lines, however, it is important to remember that there is limited space in a truck. You have a limit of two bags, plus bedding, into which you need to fit everything. Some things that may not be on the list from your recruiter are items such as shower shoes. Know that you will be using public showers whether at school or at truck stops. Shower shoes can be anything from water shoes to cheap foam flip flops as long as you can wear them in the shower you are good.
While you are on the road you will be traveling to many different states, which means you may run into multiple weather conditions. Be prepared for this by bringing a hat, gloves and a jacket or coat. If you are training during the winter be ready for snow. You may be in a warm climate now, but tomorrow you could find yourself surrounded by cold, wet snow.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Another thing you can do to prepare for truck driving school is go online and take some practice CDL tests. You can also go to the DMV or the DMV website and get a CDL manual. Be prepared to study this. Truck driving school is just that, school. You will need to study, if you don’t it is very likely that you will not pass your CDL test. Make sure you also bring school supplies; notebook, pens or pencils and a calculator.
Preparing yourself for trucking school is not difficult, but it is important. Be sure you go over the list from your recruiter. Check and re-check that you have what you need. To read more about how you can prepare for truck driving school, visit the Premier Truck Driving School webpage where you can find tips and an extended list of items you will need.