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How to Become a Truck Driver

A career in the trucking industry offers you the chance to see the countryside while making a steady income. If you’re considering becoming a truck driver, there are certain steps you must follow to achieve this goal. Knowing what to expect in terms of preparation and finding a job can help you along the way.

Meet General Requirements

There are a few general requirements you must meet before you can seek training to become a truck driver. Depending on the type of license you are seeking, you must be 18-21 years old by the time your courses are finished. You will also need to be able to pass a Department of Transportation physical, which ensures that you are able to carry out the daily duties of a truck driver without harm to your health or those around you. Before obtaining a commercial driver’s license, you must hold a valid standard driver’s license. You will also need to pass a drug and alcohol screening test.

Receive CDL Training

You will need to obtain a commercial driver’s license, or CDL, to operate any vehicle over 26,000 pounds or those carrying oversized loads or hazardous materials. There are numerous CDL training schools that can help you prepare to take the CDL exam to receive your license. During training, you will learn all the basics of truck driving and other skills you’ll need in the trucking industry. There are many options to pay for CDL school if you aren’t able to do so out of pocket, including loans, government grants, and other financial benefits that may apply to you. Once your training is complete, you’ll need to take and pass the CDL exam to receive your license.

DSW Drivers is now hiring qualified truck drivers for rewarding careers in Tucson. We offer weekly pay and direct deposit options, health and dental insurance, and a 401(k) plan after just 12 months. Call us today at 1 (888) 266-7534 to find out more or apply online when you visit our website.

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