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It’s not easy being a new driver, but that’s why all of us at CDLLife are here to help. Here, new truck drivers can find step-by-step guides, helpful articles and advice from veteran drivers about how to successfully navigate your first year as a new truck driver.

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Trucking driving school vs. paid CDL training — which is right for you?

Trying to decided between attending a truck driving school or signing up with a trucking company directly might be a challenging decision. Either option has merits and both options will put you on the right track for advancing your career.

Truckers, do you have a ‘buddy plan?’ If not, this might convince you.

A recent Facebook post provides truckers with potentially life-saving advice about building a safety network while you're out on the road.

Watch as dad teaches teen daughter how to drive a truck

A sixteen year old fourth generation farmer gets a truck driving lesson from her dad in this new video.

After 48 years, trucker training school suspends operations, citing pandemic unemployment benefits as cause

An Ohio truck driver training school will be discontinuing services after nearly 50 years due to struggles associated with the COVID-19 crisis, company leaders say.
Merging and passing

Passing and merging — this video teaches truckers how to do it the right...

The team at Smart Trucking recently shared a new video outlining the basics of passing and merging when you're driving a big rig.

Trucking school expansion aimed at getting “young people and people of all nations, colors,...

A North Carolina Trucking School recently upgraded their facilities in order to accommodate the students who will lead a new generation of...

With DMVs closed, group calls for DOT or trucking schools to issue CDLs

A coalition made up of trucking schools and motor carriers is asking for emergency action to get new truck drivers behind the wheel during the COVID-19 crisis.

Truck drivers share advice for new truckers

Trucking is a complex industry. There's a lot for new drivers entering the industry to learn -- more than just learning to...
Student Driver

Indiana college offers ‘nation’s first’ CDL training program covered by federal student loans

A cluster of community colleges in Indiana are offering a truck driver training program that is eligible for federal student loans.

ND state training grant has trucking students excited about the possibilities

A new grant is helping to fill truck driving jobs in the state of North Dakota this year.  The...
Women in Trucking

A women-only CDL training course is now being offered in Alabama

An Alabama community college is offering ground breaking women-only CDL training course.
Surpring Reasons You're Not Getting Hired

Three surprising reasons your driving application may be rejected

CDLLife has spoken with safety and recruiting directors to find out some of the reasons they’ll reject a driver, even if that driver meets their minimum hiring criteria, and their answers were surprising. 

Do NOT take a new truck driving job until you ask these 100 questions

Whether you're a veteran driver or a rookie, it can be hard to break through a driver recruiter's song and dance to get the information that you need about a job you're considering taking. That's why CDLLife put together a list of over 100 essential questions that you need to get answered before you take a new job.
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Free, Online Practice CDL Tests

Here's a list of sites that offer free, online practice CDL tests.
Why won't trucking companies hire me?

Why Won’t Trucking Companies Hire Me?

So you're always hearing about the 'truck driver shortage' and reading articles about how hard it is for companies to hire and keep qualified...
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VIDEO: Instructor uses drone in truck stop backing lesson

Watch as a trucking instructor uses drone technology to film a backing lesson with one of his students.
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