August 22, 2023

How Do I Get a CDL?

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If you find yourself tiring of high fuel, truck and insurance costs and barely making ends meet, we invite you to join us at HFC. HFC is a family owned and operated business. We do trucking differently. We invest in our drivers, and have some of the highest pay and benefits in the industry. It’s time to put your stress in the rearview, and join a team where you are valued, compensated and trusted.

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What is a CDL? A CDL is the #1 asset you need to drive a truck. It is also known as a Commercial Driver’s License or CDL. CDL training has an average training of 3-5 months, depending on which class you take.

The Nebraska CDL test is divided into 3 parts:

  • First Part: Nebraska CDL Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Second Part: Nebraska CDL Basic Vehicle Control
  • Third Part: Nebraska CDL Road Test

The general consensus for the hardest aspect of the training process is the road test. The Nebraska CDL is conducted on streets and requires the driver to demonstrate skill in normal traffic situations such as: turns; intersections; lane changes; start/stop etc. The three part skills test must be scheduled (often more than a week or two ahead of time)The test is administered by a state tester, or by a state approved third party tester.

8 CDL Road Test Tips:

  1. Go into the test knowing what to expect. Do your research on your particular state. Some typical items that are tested are: a vehicle inspection test, a basic control skills test, an on road test.
  2. Use your resources-before or during the test. Your CDL Manual is your best resource leading up to your test. It can show you everything from things to look for on a pre-trip inspection to general composition of various tractor trailer backs.
  3. Google it! If you’re not a leaner who leans on visual aids or reading, a great way is utilizing youtube, google, and social media to find other unique ways to study and gain insight. Just make sure you are watching media from reliable sources, and the information they share follows your manual guidelines. If it doesn’t, it’s likely incorrect!
  4. Practice, Practice, Practice! Make sure you’re making plenty of time for drive time practicing. Reading and researching is one thing, but when the time comes, you’ll need to showcase your skills in a tactical way. Make sure you’re building in plenty of practice time. Include maneuvers like running through your pre-trip inspection, straight line backing , alley dock backing, offset right or left backing.
  5. Set yourself up for success: watch your stress and mental health before your test. Spend the evening before in a calm and empowering environment that doesn’t add unnecessary stress. Get to bed early. Take it easy on coffee, nicotine, and sugar on your testing day. It can increase your tension.
  6. Be Early!: If your state permits, get to your test early to practice before your road test. Start with the maneuver that stresses you out most. You can call your state’s DMV to ask if practicing beforehand is allowed. Don’t overly dwell, but if you can practice the move you’re least comfortable with one more time.
  7. Focus on what you CAN control: Don’t go into the test thinking of what can go wrong, or how many items you’re allowed to get wrong and still pass. It sets you up to fear failure and plan to fail.
  8. Believe in Yourself: breath, remind yourself you have practiced and prepared, this is not a race or a contest, and remember the tester wants you to succeed.