What basic skills should I learn at CDL training school?

By Biff McGee, Guest Columnist
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

The most important skills that you will learn while attending CDL training occur both behind the wheel and inside the classroom. You will learn the basic handling skills for driving a truck, such as backing, left and right turning, and coupling or uncoupling a trailer. You should also learn how to operate a manual tractor transmission. However, you should also learn about the various laws and regulations that you must follow while driving a tractor trailer and the correct safety practices to use. This may include learning how to read maps, plan trips, keep accurate log books, and perform safety inspections on your equipment. It is important to remember that you need to learn a lot more than just how to handle a truck in order to be a good truck driver and that each part of the training will help you in the future.

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