December 11th, 2014 | Phoenix Truck Driving Institute

Earning your Commercial Driver’s License, or CDL, ensures that you are qualified to handle vehicles in excess of 26,000 pounds. Earning your CDL is the first step in pursuing a career in the trucking industry and Phoenix Truck Driving Institute can help you get underway. When you train with us to earn your CDL, you’ll learn everything you need to know to choose your career path in transportation after you graduate.

Tractor-trailer Trucking

The majority of truck drivers handle tractor-trailers. A tractor-trailer consists of a truck cab and an attached trailer, which carries a shipment of goods, livestock, or raw materials. As a tractor-trailer trucker, you may drive local, regional, or even national and international routes, delivering your payload to destinations near or far. Over-the-road truckers may be gone for days or weeks at a time and may operate solo or as part of a team.

Delivery Trucking

Delivery truckers most often operate in small regions; unlike over-the-road truckers, they are home every night or nearly every night. A delivery truck is typically smaller than a tractor-trailer and thus easier to handle if you are more comfortable in a smaller vehicle. Delivery truckers often have additional responsibilities, which may include loading and unloading packages, delivering packages to homes and offices, and performing inventory.

Hazardous Materials Transportation

If you want to transport hazardous materials as part of your trucking payload, you must first earn your CDL. After you have your CDL, you will need additional training before you can transport hazardous materials, such as chemicals. Trucking companies offer training for drivers interested in hazardous materials transportation; hazmat drivers may have responsibilities that include checking their cargo and trailer often and knowing how to handle a leak or other emergency.

Earning your CDL provides you with valuable skills that are in high demand in today’s trucking industry. Please call Phoenix Truck Driving Institute today at (877) 205-5372 if you’re interested in finding out what a CDL can do for you. You can also learn more about trucking and truck driving jobs on our website and news blog.