Avoid Speeding Tickets
Other things to watch out for are speeding tickets. Most drivers have disobeyed the posted speed limits within their state at least once. As a hopeful, soon-to-be truck driver, you will want to avoid this at all costs! Not only can speeding tickets disqualify you from the license and potential job opportunities, but the danger also posed to both yourself and other drivers on the road is elevated when exceeding state-mandated speed guidance. (But you know that already!) Car accidents can be life-altering — it’s potentially even worse for drivers operating heavy vehicles like trucking rigs and large delivery trucks.
Get a local driving job and a Class B CDL license to gain experience. A Class B CDL is a truck with a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 26,001 pounds including a towed capacity not exceeding 10,000 pounds. A popular way to make the most out of a Class B CDL is with industry-purposed vehicles like some larger firetrucks, dump trucks, and bucket trucks.
Still Want to Pursue Your Class A CDL at 18?
Driving for local logistics companies or regional companies within your state’s border is probably the best option as it’ll give you more real-world experience driving a truck and trailer with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds and a trailer weighing over 10,000 pounds.
Additionally, if you’re in the military, the Military Skills Test Waiver Program, available in every state, lets service personnel with a clean driving record of at least two years waive the need for a CDL driving test (skills test). Keep in mind that you must have held a military job within the last 12 months when applying for the waiver.
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