Enrolling in CDL school is always intimidating. Many people have been very successful as trucking student, however at the same time few have faced failure in CDL school.
Therefore, in order to get best benefits of the driving school, you must avoid following few mistakes as CDL student driver at all cost.
- Choosing a wrong school
Choosing right CDL school is always very important to ensure that you get the best education and training. You must also check the school’s reputation, location and cost etc.
Check about number of students graduating out from there. You must also try to look for some reviews about the instructors and about the school too.
Remember a CDL school which is right for some other CDL student driver may not be right for you, hence make your own independent assessment before you take admission.
- Not fully thoughtful about the career
It is not uncommon to find few CDL student drivers taking admission to the school without knowing what is the career ahead of them. CDL driver jobs in Phoenix is not a regular 9 to 5 kind of job where your lifestyle can really change altogether.
Based on the assignment, you may have to remain away from your home for many days or weeks at a stretch. Most students understand this but few simply don’t understand it.
Also, your work area may not remain within the local area but to many distant locations too.
- Failing to prepare
Many of you must be thinking that it will be very easy to pass CDL school as you have been driving your car for many years, but sadly you are wrong. You must read through CDL manual of your state to get first-hand knowledge about truck driving.
You may also try to take practice tests for CDL to check how prepared you really are for joining truck driving school.
A good amount of your money that you are going to spend, so it will be better to collect more information about trucking.
- Having bad attitude and poor work ethics
Many CDL student drivers often come with very poor work ethics or bad attitude. Many of them don’t realize that there are other things to do in addition to just truck driving.
Truckers also need to be responsible for planning all their trips and also completing log books etc. Besides that, they also must comply with pre-trip inspections, stay updated on various state/federal regulations.
Therefore, listen to your instructor and try to understand your responsibilities well that you must bear besides driving the truck.
- Leaving the first job too early
There may be the possibility that your first job after your CDL school may not be the best job but don’t try to quit after few months. Whatever may be the compulsion try to give service to your first company and learn all the tricks of the trade.
If you quit too soon then the company may think that perhaps you are not too serious about the driving career. They can also file it on the DAC report. Try to work at least for a year even if you dislike the company.
This will help you to find new job easily.