How to Become a Truck Driver

Trucking can be a great job, but unfortunately many people overlook it. If you’re already considering a job in the trucking industry, but don’t know how or where to get started, Nagle is here for you! Take a look at these four steps to becoming a truck driver and get on board with a job that is perfect for you.

  1. Finish high school or get your GED
    Having your degree doesn’t make or break getting a job as a truck driver, however it certainly doesn’t hurt. Much like Nagle, most trucking companies prefer hiring candidates with an education because it sets you up to succeed in your career.
  2. Keep a clean driving record
    Parking tickets are ok, but tickets for reckless driving aren’t. For companies to trust you with their freight, they need to be confident that you can get it from Ohio to Pennsylvania without an incident. Having a DUI under your belt or several moving violations looks bad when being selected by a company.
  3. Get your commercial drivers license
    Each state has their own CDL requirements, but there are also federal guidelines to follow. You’ll need to verify with the Department of Motor Vehicles what the specific laws in your state are. You’ll also need to pass a written exam about laws and equipment, conduct a pre-trip vehicle inspection and demonstrate your driving skills. The easiest way to do this is to attend a driving school. It won’t be free, but it’ll be much better for you in the long run.
  4. Pass the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation exam
    The FMCSR exam has both a written and physical component that you’ll need to pass. You will only need to do the written once in your life, but as for the physical, you’ll need to pass that once every two years.

There are a lot of schools out there that can get you working toward your future career. The American Trucking Association (ATA) is a great source of information to get you started. Checking with Nagle on schools that we approve will give you a head start in the right direction and will get you toward your goal of becoming a truck driver quickly.