Truck Driver Qualifications
There are no formal educational qualifications for working as a truck driver, though some companies require applicants to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Some drivers looking for a competitive edge will attend a professional driving school. Driver training will include courses in maneuvering large vehicles and the federal laws and regulations governing interstate truck driving. Long-haul truck drivers are required to have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). CDL qualifications vary by state but typically include both a knowledge and driving test.
Truck drivers are required to have good hearing, visual, and physical health. Federal regulations stipulate that a truck driver must be able to hear a forced whisper at a distance of five feet and at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision and the ability to distinguish traffic light colors. Truck drivers must also be clear of any medical conditions that could inhibit their ability to operate a truck, such as high blood pressure or epilepsy. Qualified truck drivers should also have the physical coordination necessary to successful operate a large vehicle in busy and less than ideal road conditions.
Most companies prefer to hire truck drivers with at least two years of related experience. Many truck drivers begin their careers as delivery or motor coach drivers. Formal training may substitute for experience in some cases.
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