How to Find a Job as a Truck Driver and Become CDL Certified
Is getting a CDL license for CDL jobs the only way to get a trucking job? No! But it is one of the best ways. The CDL test has been designed to be hard and weed out those who are not committed.
The written test has 75 questions from different categories including road signs, operating rules of roads, air brakes systems and more. The minimum passing score is 80%. If you do not pass it the first time, don’t worry! You can retake as many times as necessary until you are successful.
You must be 21 years old or older (unless qualified for an 18 year old exemption) in order to take a CDL driving tests due to federal regulations set by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Some states allow younger drivers who meet all other requirements such as having 30 hours of experience to take the driving test.
The CDL Driving Test requires you to demonstrate your ability to safely operate a truck in several different situations, such as: backing up a trailer and hooking/unhooking it; parking (parallel or angle); making turns through narrow streets and going through paces such as stopping at two stop signs without rolling into oncoming traffic etc.
You will have three chances to pass this exam before failing for good. You must score 80% correct each time you attempt the driving portion of the test. Each state has their own set of rules regarding how many questions they ask from which categories so study accordingly!
If you fail any part of the CDL testing process make sure that you review what you did wrong and study that particular subject area. Failing a test is never fun but it’s not the end of the world either!
Many companies hire drivers with or without having CDL license due to high turnover rate in this field. However, if you do have your Class A/B (CDL) License then you will be more competitive for available jobs as well as paid better wages than those who don’t have their CDL license.