Below are some items you will be required to take care of, or should consider doing, before starting your road to your CDL A Truck Driver Job.
CONSIDER…. PLANNING AHEAD WITH YOUR FINANCES AND FAMILY
One of the biggest concerns we hear from incoming students is how they will make ends meet during their time in school. While you are in school, you will not be paid. Most of the time it is 4-8 weeks before you receive a paycheck, so plan accordingly for expenses during that time.
We have had students who attempted working a job while attending training. Although this can be done, it is not advised. Students must be sharp and prepared for class each day. Remember, you are going to be operating a large vehicle on the road with others in the truck and families driving on the road around you.
Kentucky requires that you have a DOT Physical BEFORE testing for your permit. Don’t worry, we will arrange for your DOT Physical to be completed before you start preparing for your permit.
CONSIDER…. PACKING FOR EACH DAY
- Money or credit card or food. We occasionally have recruiters come in to visit the school, and if they visit at lunch, they will bring food. Since this is not a daily thing, make sure to pack a lunch or bring money to buy a lunch nearby.
- Personal documents – you Driver’s License, unlaminated social security card, and your full DOT Physical.
- If you are financing through the school – bring a voided check and any other documents that have been requested to complete your financing.
CONSIDER…. DRESSING APPROPRIATELY
You will spend a good amount of time working outside on the range to learn your Pre-Trip and In-Cab and working on your backing maneuvers. Because you will be outside, dress accordingly. Dress for cold weather during the winter and for the heat during the summer. Don’t worry though, we have an indoor garage where we can work on Pre-Trips and In-Cabs and a climate controlled building in the middle of our driving range, so you don’t have to be outside when you’re not in the truck.
CONSIDER… EATING WELL & GETTING REST
Training can be exhausting! It is mentally and physically demanding, so make sure your body and mind are prepared for training by eating healthy foods and getting adequate rest.
You DO NOT have to have your permit to start your Class A Training. All our students are trained to obtain his or her CDL A Permit the first week of class.
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