Here’s how it works:
To comply with the standards of The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, CT’s truck driver training program consists of both classroom and behind the wheel training. In the classroom, future professional truck drivers learn about the procedures and techniques to safely operated a tractor trailer. Truck drivers must also be aware of the laws that govern operating a commercial motor vehicle and proper log book practices.
At CT Truck Driver Training includes practical instruction on map reading and trip planning for the professional truck driver.
Behind The Wheel
Consists of just that – time spent behind the wheel of a late model tractor trailer combination applying the driving techniques discussed in the classroom. Student truck drivers learn and master the turning, backing and shifting skills on a large, private driving range.
Once a student driver has gained the experience and confidence of the driving range skills, the student and driving instructor proceed with street training to polish and hone the student’s skills in real world situations.
All this training is conducted in preparation of the student’s CDL skills test where the future truck driver must demonstrate his knowledge and driving skills in presence of a state-certified CDL examiner.
Ready to start CDL training? Call Mr. Kevin Wynne at 813-781-5047 for more information about CT Truck Driver Training.
There are numerous truck driving jobs available to a professional truck driver with a CDL license. There is a potential for a variety of career options that will fit your lifestyle including driving and non-driving duties. Here are just a few of the CDL job choices available:
Why Is A CDL Required To Drive A Tractor Trailer?
The Evolution of the CDL. A person wishing to drive a tractor-trailer (a.k.a. semi) is required to hold a valid Class A commercial driver’s license commonly referred to as a CDL. The CDL was created by an act of Congress known as The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 which was signed into law on October 27, 1986. “The goal of the Act is to improve highway safety by ensuring that drivers of large trucks and buses are qualified to operate those vehicles and to remove unsafe and unqualified drivers from the highways. The Act retained the State’s right to issue a driver’s license, but established minimum national standards which States must meet when licensing CMV drivers.” – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website, April 2006. The CDL ensures the truck drivers meet the minimum requirements for the safe operation of a tractor trailer through testing and licensing standards. The Act also makes it illegal for a driver to hold more than one type of license. Although the Act is a Federal law, each state retained the right to license drivers with the adoption of the standards. A CDL has been required to drive a tractor trailer since April 1, 1992.
To obtain a CDL, the truck driver must pass a knowledge and driving skills test administered by his state. The skills test must be the type of vehicle which the driver intends to be licensed. Truck drivers need a class A CDL in order to drive a tractor trailer. The class A vehicle type has been designated as “any combination of vehicles with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.” – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) In addition to the standard general knowledge test required for a CDL, truck drivers must also obtain endorsements on their CDL to legally operate a tractor trailer. Drivers need to pass the combination vehicle and air brake knowledge tests and skills test on a vehicle with these features. Failure to pass these components will result in a restriction on the driver’s CDL.
Some of the more common endorsements for most professional truck drivers are: