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How To Become a Truck Driver

5 Simple Steps to Start Your Trucking Career

Interested in becoming a truck driver but now sure where to begin? Here are 5 simple steps to starting your new career as a professional truck driver!

1. FIND A SCHOOL THAT WORKS FOR YOU

There are several things to consider when choosing a truck driving school. Obviously, location is a huge factor to think about. To become a truck driver, you must physically be present at the school in order to practice your driving skills. United Truck Driving School is conveniently located at San Diego and Riverside in California.

A school’s quality of training is something you should think about as well. Look for a school with a state-licensed program that combines classroom knowledge and hands-on training. United Truck Driving School has been in the industry since 1978. We’ve helped thousands of people start their new careers in trucking. United graduates are highly sought after by trucking companies!

2. ENROLL IN CLASS

There are a few requirements you must meet in order to enroll in a truck driving school. Although they may vary by school and/or state, below are some of the typical requirements.

  • Must be 21 years old
  • Must have a valid license within the U.S.
  • Must provide state proof of citizenship
  • Must be able to speak and read English
  • Must have no DUIs
  • Must pass a physical exam

3. GAIN SKILLS THROUGH CLASSROOM TRAINING AND DRIVING PRACTICE

Most, if not all, truck driving schools require you to complete a certain number of hours in the classroom and behind the wheel to ensure students gain the necessary skills and experience to succeed in the field. Training covers basic controls, vehicle inspections, shifting, speed management, turning, docking, hazard prevention, accident procedures, and more.

The total length of your training will depend on the type of commercial drivers license (CDL) you want to get. You can expect your total training time to last between 3-4 weeks. United offers Class A CDL training, Class B CDL training, and a combination of the two through CDL-A + Passenger training. The type of CDL you get will determine which trucking jobs you’re able to work.

4. STUDY FOR AND PASS YOUR CDL EXAM 

Training courses help with preparing for the CDL exam but do not guarantee success. It’s best to re-visit some of the written material before scheduling your test. For an even better chance of passing the exam, look at study guides, the CDL manual (which you can download on your state’s DMV website), create flashcards, and test your knowledge with practice exams.

5. FIND A JOB IN TRUCKING

At United Truck Driving School, we provide job placement services for our graduates. We maintain relationships with some of the top trucking companies to help our graduates get hired. Take a look at our event calendar to see who is visiting United looking to hire new drivers!

Ready to get started on your career in trucking? Have any questions we can help you with? Don’t hesitate to contact us!