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Page updated April 21, 2017

MISSION STATEMENT FOR WORLD OF TRUCK DRIVER

It is to inform and protect new people entering trucking world.

You are doing companies a benefit by hiring on with them.  They are using your good health and putting you at risk in their equipment making you think they are doing you a favor!  You have only one life to offer they have many trucks and can replace them all.  You can't afford that luxry!  Don't take a job unless you feel good and safe with them.  Be quick to leave a job if you find it is not what they offered.  Your safety and well being is my mission and that is to protect you!


"GET A CDL ON YOUR OWN!"

"A CDL WITH OUT GOING TO SCHOOL."

THIS IS the FIRST THING you must do to get your CDL licnese.

Although this picture was taken 14 years ago It still illustrates the FIRST step a person needs to take toward getting a commercial drivers license.

DO AS FOLLOWS AND YOU WILL PASS YOUR CDL WRITTEN TEST!    THE QUESTIONS ON YOUR CDL TEST ARE TAKEN FROM THESE QUESTIONS IN THE STATE MANUAL.    THESE QUESTIONS ARE HIGH LIGHTED OR SHADED IN EACH SECTION OF THE STATE MANUAL.   EACH STATE IS DIFFERENT HOWEVER IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED THIS IS THE PROCEDURE OF STUDY TO PASS YOUR WRITTEN TEST!    AFTER PASSING THE WRITTEN TEST THEN YOU WILL BE GIVEN A PERMIT SO YOU CAN DRIVE IF ANOTHER DRIVER WITH A CDL IS WITH YOU.IN THIS WAY YOU CAN GET READY FOR YOUR ROAD TEST.


Step #1

From what ever state you are from go to your drivers license office (Secretary of State or DMV) and get one of these "Commercial Drivers License" books.    Nobody says you cannot do this on your own! You can and that is why they are there for you to use anytime you wish.

Step #2

This book will be the first thing you will study if you go to a truck school.    You will read it word for word--answer each question in the work examples provided in the book.    Read this book out loud to yourself so you won't miss anything. By reading out loud you will use more of your learning senses and in fact some schools do just that--they have you take turns reading the book.    After reading the book, & studying the questions,  getting the correct answers, go over the questions with someone until you get them all right.    The answers are even provided so you may check yourself until you do get them right.

Step #3

After you have assured yourself that you can answer all the sample questions in the book it is time for you to take your test for your CDL permit.     If you can answer all the questions in the CDL book you will have no problem getting your CDL permit which will allow you to drive with an instructor or a person with a CDL license whom will guide you through your road training.     You will be required to prove who you are by showing some kind of identification.     A social security card is one form and or birth certificate, or even your present driving license.    A utility bill may even work for you but you must prove who you are.(this may sound silly to you but not to the state).   The cost may vary from state to state.    In Illinois it is $80.    Also you now have to declare what type of driver you want to be and present a DOT physical.(All Inter-state CDL require DOT physical)

Step #4

Here is another thing to think about right now and that is what kind of truck are you going to drive?    You can drive a straight truck to start out with or a small bus!    The best is to start out at 16000 lb axle weight.   If you go higher then air brakes will be needed and you must take the air brake testing.  At least you get your CDL this way and you can work your way into tractor trailers later on.   Think of this--just take your basic CDL test and forget the tankers, hazmat, doubles and triples--just take the basic test so you can achieve your CDL license.   Most anyone can drive a straight truck or a small bus.  It is easier to acquire the use of a smaller vehicle for the test--from then on all you do is upgrade your license.  If it is a bus you want to drive then you will be required to take another written test.  It is a test for bus and for transporting people.

Step 5

However when you are ready you must get the use of a truck or the equipment you need to take your road test in.   It must be made clear at this point you need someone who has a CDL who will go with you to rent the vehicle you need or are going to use.    You just can't drive up to the Motor Vehicle testing office in a truck you want to be tested in!    You only have a permit at this point and no one will "rent" you anything without a CDL therefore you need someone with a CDL license to help you.   Maybe you can work a deal with a company you want to work for?   After that depending on the company you are working for or will work for, your training will continue however you will have saved yourself $3000 or $4000 in school expense.

With time you will become an experienced driver however you never will learn it, "all".   New products, new laws and more regulations will keep you forever in the learning mode.   What I have described for you can work if you choose to do it this way.   Most people like to go to a school for the "hands on" learning experience so they hope they will be more prepared.

Each of us are different and it is possible that you don't need all that or it it could be a person just can't afford the school for one reason or another.   So this is another way you can get your CDL(Commercial Driver's License) on your own.

End of steps;_________________________________________________

When ever one thinks about a commercial drivers license, they think of driving a Semi truck.    There are hundreds of jobs out there that you can achieve if you have a CDL but you don't have to drive over the road in an tractor trailer.   : The CDL easiest to achieve is the weight class of 16,000 or 26,000 lbs vehicle and that is without air brakes.    The next step up is the air brake class of heavier weight class such as a dump truck or small delivery truck of some kind.     Then you go up to the heavier classes and on to tractor trailers.

There are many places you can go on the Internet and find test questions for your CDL.    Many of you will find this to be very intimidating and frustration will overcome you.    Understand the harder these test are the more you will be inclinded to buy the real test.

These sample questions you are looking at may never appear on the real CDL test.    So you are just confusing yourself.  

After I retired I took a job at local Junior College as an instructor with the Truck Driving School.   The first day was introduction to the state CDL manual.   We would have you read the manual outloud.   Students would take turns reading as we moved through the manual.   At the end of each chapter we would review the questions and make sure everyone would understand and remember the answers.   Day three everyone would take their CDL testing for the CDL permit.   The permit would then allow you to drive as long as an instructor or some one with a CDL was in the vehicle with you.

READ EVERY WORD OF YOUR MANUAL AND ANSWER EVERY TEST QUESTION AT THE END OF EACH CHAPTER..YOU WILL THEN PASS YOUR WRITTEN CDL TEST.

In today's world, with prices going out of sight it will be difficult to earn a good living.   Therefore, the World of the Truck Driver hopes that these words will assist you in your journey in life to achieve satisfaction of hope for a good way of life.

Good Luck and Happy Trails where ever you may travel.
Dick Lower, AKA--Old-timer

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