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May 27th, 2015 | Blog

You have to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) before you can legally work as a truck driver. Keep reading to find out why it is important to hold a CDL before you get behind the wheel of a truck:

A Driver Has All of the Necessary Knowledge

If a driver successfully obtains a CDL, it is proof that he or she has fully mastered the necessary knowledge to safely and efficiently operate a commercial vehicle. Drivers have made it through truck-driving school and have proven that they learned everything they need to safely get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.

A Driver Has All of the Necessary Skills

Earning a CDL also shows that a driver has the skills he or she needs to safely drive a truck. The skills portion of the CDL exam shows the Department of Transportation that the test taker has mastered the required skills to get behind the wheel of a commercial truck.

A Driver Meets All of the Health Requirements

Commercial truck drivers have to pass a serious of physical requirements in order to obtain their CDL. These physical requirements show that a driver is healthy enough to operate a large vehicle like a commercial vehicle. Drivers must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye with or without correctable lenses. Diabetics who require insulin shots cannot get a CDL, but those that can control the disease with diet and oral medication can. A driver’s blood pressure must not be higher than 140/90. Drivers must have blood sugar beneath 200 and must not have any cardiovascular disease.

With the help of HDS Truck Driving Institute, you can learn everything you need to know to successfully earn your CDL. Our programs are designed to give you the help you need to start out in a new career. To learn more about our program and admission requirements, visit us online or call (877) 205-2141.