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How To Survive CDL Training On The Road

How To Survive CDL Training On The Road

Leaving the security of a good-paying job and heading off to CDL training is a daunting task. Beyond the fear of change, living on a trainer’s truck can be intimidating. These things can cause added stress to the already arduous journey of training for your CDL. Some are legitimate questions and some are your imagination running away with you. Simple communication can set aside most of these issues.

Keep Things In Perspective

Foremost, understand that all trainers were once students. Even the most miserable and arrogant driver still remembers how frustrating it was learning to back up a truck. None of us were born with a steering wheel in our hands, despite the wild stories you may hear. Regardless of whether your trainer is a jerk or the best guy on the planet, deep down you both know that you are no worse than any other driver who attempted this. Be determined to learn and you will get through it. It only takes time and the ability to apply your lessons.

Your Attitude Will Affect Your Performance and Ability to Learn

Next, understand that the trainer is a guide and resource, but you are the captain of your training. Yep, I said that. If your training is not on the right path, it’s time to change direction. I am a rather active trainer, while others are more passive.
At the end of every backing session, as a trainer, I ask my student, “What did you do wrong, and how could you have done better?” At the end of every day, I discuss what they did safely and what needs improvement. I also ask, “Is there anything we need to discuss? Do you have any questions or concerns? Is there anything you would like to work on?”
Not all trainers will be this direct, but you can take matters into your own hands with questions,
discussions, and observations.
So many trainees complain about not getting enough backing practice. The truth is you will need to practice backing for an entire year before you’ll feel confident in your skills. Training lasts weeks two months or so, depending on the company, and most trainees will tell you they didn’t get enough backing. So how do you take control and try to get the practice?.

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