The CDL and Why it’s Important

Getting career placement usually involves obtaining some type of degree or certificate. For people seeking a career in the trucking industry, obtaining a CDL (commercial driver’s license) is the documentation required to operate a vehicle that weighs 26,000 pounds or more.

To keep the road safe for truckers and other motorists, the U.S. Department of Transportation has put together a set of rules that fall under the CDL requirements. Starting in 1992, the federal government has required all states to follow the same basic requirements in a test before a driver can be awarded a CDL.

All states require a CDL test that includes a 30 question written test. To pass this portion of the test, the applicant has to answer at least 80 percent of the questions correctly. To prepare for these tests, applicants often take practice tests found on many sites online.

CDL applicants also must have a clean driving record over the last 10 years; keeping the roadways safe requires strict measures such as this. People who can’t pass a physical will also not be allowed to drive a vehicle weighing 26,000 or more pounds.

It’s important to note here that state laws do vary, so you need to check in with the governing authority in your state to see exactly what is going to be required of you to get your CDL.

Trucking 10One of the most important aspects of getting a CDL is passing the skills test. After you pass your written test, you will be able to prepare for your skills test. The skills test involves a basic controls test, a vehicle inspection test, and a road test. When you’ve proven your knowledge in all these areas, you will be granted a CDL.

You’ll need to check with your state to make sure you know when your CDL expires. In some states, the CDL is valid for four years. You’ll also need to stay up on your Department of Transportation medical card, which proves you’re healthy enough to navigate a large load on the open road.

Some department of motor vehicles offices recommend that once you’re of age to obtain a CDL (18 years old), you should take practice permit tests available online as a starting point. However, that’s no substitute for actually studying the official CDL manual, which has all the information you’ll need to pass any CDL written test.

Some trucking companies are paying for their recruit drivers to go to truck driving schools where they learn everything they need to know from instructors, including skills tests that get them ready to operate safely on the roadways. Graduating from a school doesn’t mean you automatically get a CDL; that’s something you still need to earn separately.

Safe drivers are what we at Spirit Miller Driveaway Services value. We’re looking for qualified individuals to join us and get started on a fruitful career on the road. We offer a variety of schedules, one of which should fit your schedule perfectly. Contact us today and get started on your new career.


Looking for a Career? Get Your CDL and Hit the Road

Trucking 7Finding a career that makes you happy and provides you with enough pay so that all the ends meet isn’t always an easy task. People search for years to find that combination. Some people never find it. If you’ve considered trucking as a career, now is the perfect time because the trucking industry is looking for qualified drivers.

Before you can start your career driving trucks, you need to pass your commercial drivers license (CDL) test. Maybe you’ve gone through college and found out after graduating that you can’t find gainful employment? Maybe you don’t want to take another test ever again. There are many good reasons to go after that CDL.

Whatever you invest in your CDL will come back to you many fold. First off, once you have your CDL, you’re a candidate for approximately 30,000 truck-driving jobs that are open at the moment. That number is expected to double in a couple of years, so job stability is almost a certainty into the foreseeable future. Did you know that of the revenue gained through transportation, trucking accounts for more than 80 percent? That number is also expected to increase in the next few years. If it’s stability you want, trucking is where it is.

With your CDL you can step into a job that pays more than what most college graduates will make in their first job out of college. Better yet, the potential to advance to higher wages is also a reality of the business. Get some experience behind you and you’ll be moving up the pay scale rather quickly. For instance, you can stay on the road and earn more or you can jump into a corporate position as an instructor or a dispatcher.

How many people do you know who get paid to travel? This is one of the greatest appeals for truckers in their decision to go this route. You break free from the cubicle, get out into the world and experience a work environment that only truckers are privileged to experience. There is a feeling of freedom on the road, even though you’re working. You don’t have daily meetings to attend or a boss looking over your shoulder or an annoying co-worker. It’s just you, your truck and the beautiful scenery – and the paycheck you earn in your new career.

If you want to drive one of the most powerful machines on the road, you need your CDL and a good driving record. Some trucking companies are in such need of drivers that they’re wiling to send you off to schools where you can learn the tricks of the trade and learn everything you need to know to get their CDL.

If the long trips aren’t your speed, but you still want to experience being a trucker, you have an option with Spirit Miller Driveaway Services. At Spirit Miller, we’ve got an abundance of routes that will get you home for dinner every evening. We work seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so you’ll have your choice of shifts. Don’t wait any longer – get your CDL and start your trucking career today at Spirit Miller.


CDL: An Investment in Your Future

CDL 1A commercial driver’s license, or CDL, is required if you want to drive a truck and trailer whose contents weigh more than 26,000 pounds or if it’s for commercial use. A CDL is also required if you haul hazardous materials that require warning signs; a determination made by the Department of Transportation.

Buses, tow trucks and tractor-trailers are the most common motor vehicles that CDL-carriers operate. States have the right to issue CDLs following the passage of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986. Requiring drivers to earn a CDL was intended to make the roadways safer. The federal government established the minimum requirements that drivers have to pass when taking their CDL test.

While formal training for the CDL is not a requirement, many drivers enroll in schools that help them earn their CDL. Most schools offer courses that are between three and seven weeks long. There is a written test involved, which basically covers highway safety. There is also a test that covers different parts of the truck. Eighty percent of the questions must be answered correctly if the driver is to earn his/her CDL. Another part of the exam is a driving test where the driver has to successfully maneuver through a course.

The health of the driver, especially when you consider that they are responsible for 26,000 pounds of freight that is moving 60-plus mph, is important as well. Drivers must get medical certification if they are going to work over the roadways. A qualified doctor has to sign off on the health of the driver. Impairments that can disqualify a driver includes cardiac and respiratory problems, high blood pressure, various psychiatrist disorders, alcoholism, hearing loss, epilepsy and a host of other conditions.

People who earn their CDL and pass the physical are able to make huge investments in their future with a career in driving. There are so many jobs available in the industry today, you’ve practically got your pick of jobs.

Many people are coming out of the recession thinking about going to college to make sure they can get into a career that is more recession proof than their previous one. However, making an investment in a four-year school can take 10 years or longer to pay off. The average student loan debt today is more than $25,000.

People who choose a career in trucking are often able to find an employer who will help them pay for the CDL trucking school, and when they come out in a couple of months, they’ll have a job that pays more than what a person with a four-year liberal arts degree will find.
Furthermore, the industry is exceedingly stable – the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be a shortage of drivers for at least a decade to come.

If you’re looking for a job driving trucks, choose Spirit Miller Driveaway Services. We’re looking for responsible drivers like you to help grow our company. Contact us today and get started on your new career.